Taser issues advisory on use of stun guns

Oct 21, 2009

(AP) -- Taser International is advising police agencies across the nation not to shoot its stun guns at a suspect's chest.

The Arizona-based company says such action poses a risk - albeit extremely low - of an "adverse cardiac event."

The advisory was issued in an Oct. 12 training bulletin. It marks the first time that Taser has suggested there is any risk of a related to the use of its 50,000-volt stun guns.

Taser officials said Tuesday the bulletin does not state that Tasers can cause cardiac arrest. They said the advisory means only that law-enforcement agencies can avoid controversy if their officers aim at areas other than the chest.

Critics called it a stunning reversal for the company.

©2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Explore further: Mexican boy who had massive tumor recovering

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Taser unveils multi-shot stun gun

Jul 28, 2009

Manufacturers of the Taser stun gun on Monday unveiled a new handheld weapon on Monday which is capable of shocking three people without having to reload.

Study: Tasers are safe to use

Oct 08, 2007

U.S. scientists examining the safety of Tasers used by some law enforcement officers have found the devices are safe, causing few serious injuries.

Evidence that stun guns may stimulate the heart

May 02, 2008

On the eve of the British Columbia inquiry into the death of Robert Dziekanski, a review of scientific data in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) finds that in some cases, stun guns may stimulate the heart in experimental ...

Recommended for you

Doctor behind 'free radical' aging theory dies

18 hours ago

Dr. Denham Harman, a renowned scientist who developed the most widely accepted theory on aging that's now used to study cancer, Alzheimer's disease and other illnesses, has died in Nebraska at age 98.

Mexican boy who had massive tumor recovering

Nov 25, 2014

An 11-year-old Mexican boy who had pieces of a massive tumor removed and who drew international attention after U.S. officials helped him get treatment in the southwestern U.S. state of New Mexico is still recovering after ...

New medical device to make the mines safer

Nov 21, 2014

Dehydration can be a serious health issue for Australia's mining industry, but a new product to be developed with input from Flinders University's Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP) is set to more effectively ...

US family gets $6.75 million in Botox case

Nov 20, 2014

A New York couple who said Botox treatment of their son's cerebral palsy left him with life-threatening complications and sued its manufacturer won a $6.75 million verdict from a federal jury on Thursday.

User comments : 4

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

Arkaleus
3.7 / 5 (3) Oct 21, 2009
This on was a long time coming. Tasers have been killing people because they are intrinsically dangerous devices that interfere with the human nervous system. Cops that indiscriminately use the taser as a "compliance device" will find themselves in legal trouble. Tasers encourage police brutality, increases the tendency of the officer to resort immediately to force when dealing with the public, and exposes the public to lethal danger during non-life threatening situations.

Tasers should be treated as lethal devices, used with care. Cops who Taser children and invalids should be fired and fined.
freethinking
1 / 5 (3) Oct 21, 2009
This is unfortunate. Tasers have been saving lives because it gives the police a different option than shooting people or clubbing them both of which cause much more harm to a person than a taser hit.

Can Tasers be misused? Of course it can. But if a cop is going to misuse a tool on me, I rather have it be a taser no permamant injury and I'm back on my feet in a few minutes if not sooner. Getting punched, being put in a joint lock, or being hit with a club... weeks or months before the injury heals. Pepper spray, intense pain for up to an hour.

Cops who taser (or attack) anyone without cause should (must) be punished. Invalids, children, elderly, who pose a danger, should count themselves lucky if they get tased instead of shot. If people comply with cops, the chances that they will do anything to you is extremely remote.

I tell my kids, if they are belligerant to cops, the chances increase signficantly that something bad will happen to you when you encounter cops.
ArtflDgr
1 / 5 (1) Oct 22, 2009
how about a warning not to use it on pregnant women, children, and as a torture device while seeking compliance which cant be met while being tortured...

freethinking
1 / 5 (1) Oct 22, 2009
how about a warning. If you are pregnant, or a child, if you spit, swear at, threaten, hold something that looks like a weapon while doing any of the above or even if you fight a cop, your likelyhood of being tased increases significantly.

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.