Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Taser Use Lawsuits Mount

African American Political Pundit Blog - Black Folks and others, Sue Police Agencies across America

Finally major news outlets, like ABC News are reporting on the debate emerging over the use of electric stun guns as a "pain compliance" or better yet a "torture device"" by law enforcement.

As reported by ABC News, At issue isn't whether police can use the weapon, known as a Taser, to protect themselves from dangerous suspects or to prevent a criminal from escaping. That is its designed purpose. Instead, the question is to what extent police may use a stun gun against someone who is not actively resisting arrest but who is passively refusing to obey a police command.

To some officers, such refusal is a form of resisting arrest and constitutes grounds to shoot 50,000 volts of electricity into that person's body in five-second bursts. When a person is tased, the central nervous system is overridden and the person experiences a seizure accompanied by intense pain. More HERE

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