The Kaua‘i Police Department reportedly classifies tasers as a "less than lethal force". [LINK]
The Maryland AG's report goes out of its way to explicitly address this false term.
The false aspect is most clearly highlighted by the corrected version "less then OR EQUAL TO lethal force". [HT to Nateo blog]
The MD AG's report suggests calling them "less lethal".
The "...than guns" is implied. The way some taser trigger-happy officers use them it's obvious that they have been (mis)led to believe that tasers are perfectly safe. The 'new' (not really) message is that tasers can cause death, directly or indirectly [AMA], through a variety of mechanisms, even in healthy adults [Braidwood Inquiry].
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