Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals - "The physiological effects, the high levels of pain, and foreseeable risk of physical injury lead us to conclude that the X26 and similar devices are a greater intrusion than other non-lethal [sic] methods of force we have confronted." [LINK] (page 16741, near bottom)
Being a US Circuit Court of Appeal, I'm fairly sure that they're familiar with all police weapons and tactics. And this statement clearly indicates that their opinion is that tasers are a greater use of force than any other method they have confronted.
See also Footnote 7:
7 We recognize, however, that like any generally non-lethal force, the taser is capable of being employed in a manner to cause the victim’s death. ... [ibid]
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