Do tasers really help to save police officers' lives?
A major study in the USA found that tasers do not actually reduce police officers' rate of serious injury. [LINK]
In Canada, 4 police were killed in the line of duty (through violence, not counting accidents and heart attacks) during the 5-year period of 1999-2003, as compared to 17 during the 5-year period of 2004-2008. More tasers, more taser use, and the result is significantly more police deaths (up x4). What gives?
What really seems to help is increased public scrutiny. Since the taser issue broke into public attention in late-2007, and with the evil-eye of public scrutiny upon them, police deaths through violence in Canada are way down (all the way to zero &). See [LINK].
These are difficult facts and figures to argue against. I recommend that you confirm them yourself at the www.ODMP.org/Canada [LINK] website.
My basic message here (and this is purely an opinion) is that if you buy-into Taser pathetic attempt to wrap themselves in the flags that actually belong to the families of the fallen, then you're being played like a trumpet.
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