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Government: Tasers Are Totally Safe! (Unless You're Drunk, Crazy, or Stressed Out)

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Bad news for anyone who might be thinking about committing a crime anytime soon: the National Institute of Justice, a division of the Department of Justice, just put out a report saying tasering is A-OK. With a few important caveats.

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The study found that "There is no conclusive medical evidence in the current body of research literature that indicates a high risk of serious injury or death to humans from the direct or indirect cardiovascular or metabolic effects of short-term CED exposure in healthy, normal, nonstressed, nonintoxicated persons." That's great! So incapacitating most people via shock is a great police tool.

But a quick thought: aren't a large number of criminals intoxicated, stressed, or mentally ill? This is the exact group that was found to be an exception to the it's all good study. Which is troubling. Drunk, disturbed, and strung-out people tend to be the ones who need to be tasered the most. And just because they're drunk, disturbed, or strung-out doesn't mean they should be at an increased chance of dying. I guess the lesson here is that if you see a cop running at you with a taser, gulp some water and try to sober up quickly. [via Security Management, Photo: Shutterstock/Kbiros]

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squigledot
Squigledot

A buddy of mine nearly lost his ear when he was tased. He wasn't even rushed to the hospital, instead he was cuffed and taken to the station. Cuffs don't help you hold your ear on either. Of course, none of the charges stuck, there was no evidence, and... oh yeah, he was a 15 years old.

Police brutality aside, stopping dead in your tracks while sprinting isn't a good idea, especially when you're paralyzed by thousands of volts running through your body. Serious injuries can happen. Tasers can do a lot of good for stopping a suspect, and can help police protect the public. However, cops need to be careful, and use them with discretion. Not for zapping teenagers who might have been smoking.