Sheriff John McGinnes expouses his faith and belief in the Church of Taser, reads Chapter and Verse... [LINK]
"I absolutely believe [the taser] is a very effective tool."
Within the past few days there have been numerous reports of ineffective tasers. Putting too much FAITH in tasers and the assurances of the stun gun salesmen is inadvisable. They've been wrong too many times.
"...temporarily incapacitates a subject and affords officers an opportunity to handcuff and restrain them."
Five seconds affords an opportunity to stand around watching. After five seconds, having failed to do anything, and the subject having failed to handcuff themselves, the only obvious option is to wash, rinse, and repeat in an endless loop. Effectively, it's used as a torture device. Rarely does it actually get used to allow handcuffing while the "immobilized" (sic) subject is rolling around on the ground screaming in agony.
"I never heard of a case where someone has died just from being shot with a Taser. You can't kill them with it. The voltage is akin to a hospital defibrillator. It's just not a deadly weapon."
Wrong on so many levels. Pure ignorance. A survey of about 150 autopsy reports found that the taser was listed as a cause or contributor to death in about one-third. I don't see any reason why this ratio wouldn't apply to all 450+ taser associated deaths. Do the extrapolation in your head. And this is in spite of the extraordinary efforts by Taser International to promote alternate explanations. It can only be a low ball estimate. The Maryland AG concluded that Taser International has SIGNIFICANTLY understated the risks of taser use.
Many have died of "cardiac arrest" just after being tasered. There's a 'Curious Temporal Asymmetry' that allows only one rational conclusion.
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