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Saturday, February 6, 2010
The morons of Sangamon County
Sangamon County Board member Jim Good volunteered to be tasered, once, in the back, while supported by two police officers to make sure he doesn't fall and bang his head (nor get tangled up in the taser wires and be accidentally shocked in the chest).
On 28 January 2010, Patrick Burns, 50, was tasered (reportedly 15 times) and died [LINK].
#470 - January 28, 2010: Patrick Burns, 50, Sangamon County, Illinois [LINK]
The coroner "did not determine the cause of death" [LINK].
Logically - that would point the finger directly at the potentially-lethal device that would leave no postmortem evidence...
Sheriff Neil Williamson said he stands behind the Taser stun gun. "I’m a big supporter of this device. If I felt there was any chance at all that this piece of equipment wasn’t safe, I would immediately withdraw the use of Tasers by this department. ..." [LINK]
Chief Deputy Jack Campbell said there’s not a set limit on the number of times a person can be stunned. "We don’t feel you can fire too much."
Let the lesson begin:
The American Medical Association (AMA) has concluded that tasers can cause death, directly or indirectly.
The office of the Maryland Attorney General concluded that Taser International has "significantly" understated the risks of taser use.
An analysis by Montreal biomedical engineer Pierre Savard, made available to [CBC], suggests the chances of someone dying after being hit with a police taser increase the more times they're stunned. [LINK] Previous post [LINK].
The above information is just a tiny sample.
Given all the information available, to still hold the opinion that tasers can be used repeatedly and still be safe is pure negligence.