Bermuda Police Commissioner - "...We have examined significant research conducted in the US, Canada and the UK before taking the decision to introduce TASER. The BPS is satisfied, based on all the research, that the TASER device is safe. ..." [LINK]
The first step on the road to Hell is to believe the fairly tales that tasers-R-safe.
It is slowly dawning on those that are paying attention that tasers can sometimes kill. In other words, they are Less-Than-OR-EQUAL-TO-Lethal.
If tasers only replaced more lethal forms of force (guns), then there would be nothing to complain about. But the cold hard fact is that tasers have been used at a rate that is roughly ONE HUNDRED times as often as police have used gunfire.
The other logical error made by the Bermuda Police Commissioner is to muddle the data between injury and death. This muddle is to the benefit of Taser International because they know that baton strikes can be controlled by the officer to fit the circumstances. But the taser brings a risk of death that is emitted in crude five-second chunks. Braidwood concluded that tasers are more lethal than other options. Even the US 9th Circuit Court called tasers the most intrusive form of force. It's stupid and naive to place tasers below batons.
I strongly suggest that the Bemuda Police Commissioner clarify the official position to match the findings in Canada (Braidwood, RCMP watchdog, and RCMP themselves) to define the taser as a potentially lethal weapon to be used only in the sort of circumstances as recommended by Braidwood et al.
And the Bermuda Police Commissioner should go back to his sources and demand to know why he wasn't informed about the Canadian Braidwood Inquiry. Has he been intentionally misled by Taser's moles?
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