Police Taser & Excessive Use

Police are in charge of protecting our nation’s people. These civil servants have a difficult job involving danger many people will never see in a lifetime. However, this doesn’t give the brave men and women wearing the badge free reign to inflict their own brand of justice on the American public. In 2014, police killed at least 253 unarmed people. Almost 100 of these people were stopped for basic traffic violations before being shot.  Over 1,000 men, women and children were killed by police officers last year alone.

About Police Tasers

A Taser is a brand of conducted electrical weapon sold by Axon. The device fires two small barbed darts that puncture the skin and remain attached to the target. Thin insulated wire connect to the suspect and deliver an electric current. The electric current stops the person from moving.  Police started using tasers as a less-lethal force option to subdue fleeing, belligerent or potentially dangerous people. Surveys say that use saved 75,000 lives in 2011. However,  independent research shows that tasers are not as safe as the police want us to believe. 

Reuters led an independent investigation and uncovered over 1,000 deaths due to tasers.

Police Taser Injuries

There are many injuries that can occur after being tased. These range from marks or punctures on the skin to skeletal effects from a fall. Also, studies show vertebral compression fractures are common from the electric current of the taser. The barbs could even penetrate the bone. There are also muscle effects like strains and Rhabdomyolysis. The most dangerous injuries include cardiovascular effects. If the barb pierces over the heart, then the charge can disturb the vulnerable part of the cardiac cycle. This can cause atrial fibrillation. Reports have shown that some victims needed a pacemaker after receiving a shock.

High Risk Categories

There is little research on the three high risk groups that are the most apt to be killed by a police officer’s taser. However, many in the field are unaware that these three groups should not be tased. 

Cardiac Disease

Those with a weakened cardiacs system can died after a taser shock. Victims will complain of chest pain and shortness of breath after being tased. 

Pregnancy

Pregnant or potentially pregnant females should be be tased. This could cause the termination of a pregnancy or serious injury to the mother.

Medical/Mental Health

Those with mental or medical health injuries can actually exacerbate a crisis situation instead of diffusing it. An individual with asthma, drug use or mental illness can suffer from serious injury if an officer uses a taser.

Free Police Brutality Consultation

High profile cases of police brutality are reported by the media, however there are many cases of excessive force that is never investigated. However, the knowledgable attorneys at The Michael Brady Lynch Firm will ensure that your case is heard. Our experienced staff is standing by to help you receive the civil justice you deserve. Therefore if you or a loved one suffered from serious personal injury or wrongful death at the hands of a police officer, contact us for your free consultation. You pay nothing until we win. Call today.

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