On Wednesday, stun gun maker Taser announced that it’s offering free body cameras to every police department in the United States. That’s 700,000 cops across 18,000 departments. Rebranding itself as “Axon” (as in the nerve fibers that connect neurons throughout the human body), the company said in a press release that…
Although far less lethal than guns, conducted electrical weapons (a.k.a. stun guns) still pose the risk of cardiac arrest occurring after someone has been incapacitated. To help minimize the risk of that happening, researchers have successfully customized a stun gun to also monitor the target’s heart rate at the same…
Taser, the company that’s sold electroshock weapons to some 18,000 law enforcement organizations all over the world for years, has made its smallest weapon ever. And it’s not for cops—it’s for regular people like you and me.
Killing Them Safely is a documentary taking issue with the ‘less than lethal’ part of Taser’s stun guns. It’s been critically acclaimed by the New York Times and Hollywood Reporter, but Taser’s employees have not-so-anonymously been taking to the internet to pan the movie.
North Dakota just became the first state to legalize taser drones. Shocking.
University of Cincinnati Police Officer Ray Tensing has been indicted for murder in the shooting of Samuel Dubose, an unarmed black man. According to prosecutor Joseph Deters, video captured by Tensing’s body camera was the critical piece of evidence in the decision to pursue charges. Does this mean that cameras work?
Taser International, the company best known for its namesake product, announced today that its profits were up 57 percent over the previous quarter. But it’s not because tasers are flying off the shelves. That huge bump in profits is coming from sales of body cameras to America’s police departments.
In case you needed tangible proof that the popular movement to strap cameras to cops is gaining momentum, the quarterly earnings report from camera manufacturer Taser’s got concrete numbers. It’s sales of cameras nearly tripled.
Early use of an electronic control device, like the TASER, by law enforcement occurred in the 1960s when American police officers used electric cattle prods to disperse Civil Rights activists. As for the earliest cattle prods, this came about when inventor John Burton of Wichita, Kansas received a patent (US427549 A)…
Photographer Patrick Hall took a series of portraits of people getting hit with a 300,000-volt taser. What's even better: He also made a super-slow-motion video of the process for our enjoyment.
This week we have an incredibly old glass capsule that was smashed open in London, a grunge-era capsule unearthed at a Washington McDonald's, and a huge new capsule in Florida that may shock you.
Are drones not scary enough for you yet? How about this? A drone helicopter that spots you and identifies you as an intruder. It tells you to stop and put your hands behind your head. Instead, you keep coming. The drone then shoots you with barbed Taser darts that pump 80,000 volts into you. If you try to get up, it…
Back-to-school time can be stressful for everyone, but it became especially stressful for one Greenfield, Ind. high school student when her father, irate over an issue with her school’s dress code, got into an argument with school administrators that ended with him being Tased. Thanks, Dad, for ruining high school.
I don't know why I enjoy this quick little video so much but I've watched it over and over. It's probably because anything involving a taser is always hilarious unless you're the person the taser wants to involve. It's probably also because even though a taser can turn a grown man into a baby, it cannot do anything to…
These days, there isn't much the cops can't taze you for—exercising your First Amendment rights, cutting in line at McDonalds, even just not signing your speeding ticket. Apparently in Chicago, that list also includes ripping up a parking ticket in front of the issuing officer. RESPECT THEIR AUTHORITAH!
Sometimes, academic journals have the best stories. Like last week's issue of Forensic Science International, which describes how a man had a a drunken confrontation with the police and ended up with a taser dart stuck in his brain.
This is William C. Todd. He may have just shattered the record for the craziest and fastest crime spree in American history: ten felonies in just nine hours. The list of crimes is so insane and absurd that it seems impossible:
Taser rolled out a new line of body-wearable cameras for law enforcement today, the Axon Flex line, designed to be worn on sunglasses and record then upload video to the cloud from the officer's point of view. They're delightfully frightening!
Evangeline Marrero Lucca, 37 years old and devoted Chicken McNuggets with curry sauce fan, got tasered at a McDonald's drive-through by police officers. She cut into the car line and then refused to move and wait her turn when instructed to do so.
Everyone wants to have a super power. But not everybody is willing to strap a battery and capacitor-filled Altoid tin to their wrist to create taser gloves. Stopping crime is important, but where am I expected to put my mints?