County report calls tasers valuable, safe tools for police [LINK]
"[During a demonstration hit] Every muscle in his body cramped at once. His jaw locked, teeth grinding. He screamed -- an unexpected, deep guttural sound. And for five seconds, David Harris was paralyzed. And then 30 minutes later, with no side effects, the University of Pittsburgh law professor drove himself home."
"[During a real world deployment] Mr. Thomas was ...shocked by a Taser three times in a very short span of time, Mr. Pushinsky said. He was pronounced dead at UPMC Braddock."
I will bet you that Prof. Harris was tasered in his back. This is normal practice for all training and demonstrations. Scroll through the many images here: [LINK]
And I will bet you that Mr. Thomas was tasered in the chest. Rate of death with chest hits is clearly higher than training and demonstration hits to the back.
Combine this simple and obvious observation (clearly missed by those involved with this pathetic study) with the latest Taser Targeting Guidelines (see image below), and there's no mystery about exactly what has gone wrong with this poorly-executed study.
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