Latest Taser safety issues Stories

2012-09-18 22:56:39

Wake Forest Baptist continues taser safety research Adolescents who are tasered by law enforcement officers do not appear to be at higher risk for serious injury than adults, according to new a new study from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center researchers. This latest research from Wake Forest Baptist is the first to specifically investigate Taser use on adolescents. Lead author Alison R. Gardner, M.D., an assistant professor of emergency medicine at Wake Forest Baptist, found no major...

Taser Shocks Unlikely To Cause Cardiac Complications
2012-07-02 05:10:20

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A Taser shot to the chest is unlikely to result in cardiac complications, and is no more dangerous than one delivered to any other part of the body, an expert on the devices claims in a new study. William P. Bozeman, M.D., an associate professor of emergency medicine at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, and a team of researchers analyzed more than 1,200 actual cases of Taser use by law enforcement officials, the health facility...

New Studies Open Up More Debate On Police Stun Gun Use
2012-05-02 05:09:08

New research has been published recently that is heating up the debate on the police use of stun guns on citizens. One new study has found that the use of stun guns by police significantly increases the chances of citizen injury, while also protecting the officers more than other methods. Researchers from Michigan State University, University of Central Florida and Illinois State University said the study presents a dilemma for police agencies, weighing the use of the weapon's benefit...

2012-05-01 16:32:40

The use of stun guns by police significantly increases the chances of citizen injury, yet also protects the officers more than other restraint methods, according to the most comprehensive research to date into the safety of stun guns in a law enforcement setting. William Terrill, lead researcher on the project and Michigan State University criminologist, said the federally funded research presents a dilemma for police agencies weighing use of the controversial weapon. Nationally, some...

2011-05-12 00:00:47

First-Ever Products Liability Verdict Upheld San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) May 11, 2011 The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the first-ever plaintiff's products liability verdict against Scottsdale based TASER International, Inc., the leading manufacturer of Electronic Control Devices ("ECDs"). TASER had sought to overturn the jury's wrongful-death verdict claiming various errors during the trial (see the attached Memorandum Decision). However, a unanimous three-judge panel...

2011-05-09 12:40:55

The ongoing controversy surrounding the safety of using TASER® electrical stun guns took a new turn today when a team of cardiologists at the University of California, San Francisco announced findings suggesting that much of the current TASER®-related safety research may be biased due to ties to the devices' manufacturer, TASER International, Inc. In a research abstract presented at the Heart Rhythm Society's 32nd Annual Scientific Sessions at the Moscone...

2011-01-22 07:01:44

The company that makes Taser guns unveiled a new version of the device designed for use on large animals. The gun can temporarily incapacitate bears, moose and other large mammals, and is designed to increase the safety of wildlife authorities and park rangers. The Wildlife Taser, carrying a price of about $2,000, has a range of up to 35 feet and can fire three shots without reloading. It will save lives by reducing the need for conventional guns to kill or tranquilize the animals, the...

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...

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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