See the StopTaserTorture blog [LINK].
Taser torture, recognized as such or not, is certainly a problem with tasers. One only needs to read about the long duration and multiply-repeated taser incidents to understand exactly what is going on.
The level of excruciating pain caused by the taser, approximately 2000 times higher than intense, is simply way too tempting for many officers to resist when facing what they perceive is a lack of respect.
Tasers are unique amongst law enforcement weaponry in that they are perfectly capable of killing (directly or indirectly) while barely leaving a mark, and probably leaving zero postmortem evidence.
This lack of evidence, combined with training that is sometimes clearly so defective that the outcomes are essentially evil, leads to overuse, misuse and abuse of tasers.
If the risk of death inherent with taser deployments is more clearly recognized, then perhaps the overuse, misuse and abuse of tasers would tend to be reduced on its own.
There have been many cases where it seems obvious that the officer holding the taser still connected to the dead victim knows in his heart exactly what has happened, in spite of the denials.
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