While Taser International continues to sing the tasers-R-safe song, and continues to deny that any taser ever played a role in any death, their well-buried legal warnings are singing from a different song sheet.
For years they denied that tasers could affect the heart.
But their legal warning states: "The ECD can produce... changes in... heart rate and rhythm..." [LINK]
"Experts have indentified heart-to-dart distance as being a key determining factor in whether an ECD can affect the heart." AND "When possible avoiding chest shots with ECDs reduces the risk of affecting the heart and avoids the controversy about whether ECDs do or do not affect the human heart." [LINK]
The bold print is new as of 1 May 2010. Last year they baldly claimed that the previous "avoiding chest" warning was strictly about "avoiding controversy", and nothing to do with risk. It is now clearly stated that if you avoid chest shots, you will reduce cardiac dangers.
In other words, tasers can affect the heart.
We shouldn't be surprised that some people die after being tasered. The explanation is provided in these legal warnings from Taser International.
See also [LINK], [LINK] and [LINK].
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