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2009-06-17 09:09:00

American Rheinmetall Munitions (ARM) receives order for 66mm MK 1 MOD 0 STAFFORD, Va., June 17 /PRNewswire/ -- American Rheinmetall Munitions (ARM) announced today that it has received an $8.2 million order from the Program Manager for Ammunition, Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, VA for Grenade, 66mm Smoke Screening IR, Vehicle Launched, (SSVL) MK 1 MOD 0. The order signifies continued satisfaction with the company's designs, which address mission needs and support federal directives...

2009-05-18 15:11:53

Police in Michigan responding to a report of a cougar on the loose said they ended up shooting a large toy cat with a Taser stun gun. Warren police said the 911 caller said a huge animal resembling a 150-pound cat was spotted in an old cement drainpipe in Bates Park and 10 officers were sent to the scene, WDIV-TV, Detroit, reported Monday. The officers saw the outline of the animal in the pipe and shot it with the Taser -- only to discover it was a large toy cougar. Police Commissioner...

2009-05-18 09:14:04

Dr. Jared Strote at the University of Washington Medical Center led a group that examined the medical records of nearly 900 patients subdued by the Seattle Police Department with a Taser over a six-year period. Less than one percent required hospital admission for an injury related to the restraint incident. No deaths occurred, even when patients exhibited signs of excited delirium.Meanwhile, a separate study led by Dr. Strote looked at every use of force by the Seattle Police Department in...

2009-05-18 00:08:36

Injuries inflicted by police officers in the process of subduing suspects are relatively rare, two U.S. studies found. In one study, Dr. Jared Strote at the University of Washington Medical Center and colleagues examined the medical records of nearly 900 patients subdued by the Seattle Police Department with a Taser over a six-year period. No deaths occurred. In a second study, Strote and colleagues looked at every use of force by the Seattle Police Department in one year. Despite some 900...

2009-03-17 07:09:56

Electronic stun gun shots to or near the head can trigger seizures, Canadian researchers said in a peer-reviewed medical journal published Tuesday. Dr. Richard Wennberg of the Krembil Neuroscience Center at Toronto Western Hospital led the study that focused on an unidentified police officer who was accidentally hit with a shot fired by a colleague while chasing a suspect in an undisclosed part of Canada, The Globe and Mail reported. Wennberg's article published in the Canadian Medical...

2009-02-18 12:03:00

TAMPA, Fla., Feb. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Taser International, Inc. (Nasdaq: TASR) announced that it "PREVAILS" against Stinger Systems, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: STYS) in a Markman bench trial (Federal case number: CV07-0042-PHX-MHM). The announcement states that United States District Court Judge Murguia's ruling adopts several constructions of invention claims language as argued by Taser. Stinger Systems believes, as is often the case, Taser here provides less than complete...

2009-01-26 17:04:04

A Georgia woman said she used a stun gun she received as a Christmas gift to help a DeKalb County police officer who was struggling with a suspect. Tanisha Cross, 20, of Atlanta, said she was driving with her mother to a Wal-Mart in Lithonia when they spotted the police officer struggling with an attacker who had rubbed pepper spray in the officer's eyes, WBS-TV, Atlanta, reported Monday. Cross said she retrieved the Taser stun gun her husband had given her for Christmas from her child's...

2009-01-25 01:00:54

Custody deaths rise rapidly when law enforcement agencies begin using stun guns and fall sharply thereafter, a California study found. The research was done at the University of California San Francisco, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Doctors studied records from 50 agencies in the state that use Tasers, comparing death rates in the five years before they acquired stun guns and the five years afterward. Dr. Byron Lee, a cardiologist involved in the study, said the change was far more...

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2009-01-24 14:41:40

The rate of sudden deaths increased six-fold in the first year that California law enforcement agencies deployed the use of stun guns, according to a UCSF study. Findings also showed a two-fold increase in the rate of firearm-related deaths during the same time period. The most widely used brand of stun gun is the Taser, and the team surveyed for outcomes related to the deployment of this device. While some industry-funded controlled human studies have shown Tasers to cause no harm, this...

2009-01-15 10:01:37

Taser stun devices police use to subdue fleeing, belligerent or dangerous suspects play no role in fatal heart attacks, a U.S. university study says. The three-year study by Wake Forest University's medical school found no links between the 50,000-volt weapons and fatal heart attacks, the researchers said in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, published by the American College of Emergency Physicians. The devices manufactured by Taser International Inc. are carried by more than two-thirds of...


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  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
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