Archive for the 'New research into tasers' Category

USA – Study – ‘Taser Shots to Chest Pose No Extra Cardiac Arrest Danger’ – Dr Bozeman (2013-07-18)

Posted on July 18 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Dr Boseman’s research consistently supports TASER International …. “Taking a Taser shot to the chest is no more dangerous than to other body parts”, a Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center study has found. TASER International, which makes the devices, issued a “training bulletin” in 2009 that recommended law-enforcement officers target the […]

USA – Tasers can kill, U.S. study says (2012-05-01)

Posted on May 1 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT: Canadian report of the US research by Douglas Zipes: a peer-reviewed study with 8 cases (7 deaths) showing definitively that being shocked with a Taser can cause death through cardiac arrest. “Law enforcement, anybody who uses Tasers, needs to be aware that cardiac arrest may occur,” he said. “Try to avoid a […]

USA – New York Civil Liberties Union Study Finds Misuse of Tasers by Police Across New York State (2011-10-19)

Posted on October 19 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS : NYCLU Analysis Finds Misuse of Tasers by Police Across NY State; Police officers throughout New York State are consistently misusing and overusing Tasers. “Taking Tasers Seriously: The Need for Better Regulation of Stun Guns in New York“, just published , analyzes 851 Taser incident reports from eight police departments across the state as well […]

UK – Raoul Moat inquest: Amnesty International questions Taser use [XREP “unreliable”] (2011-09-24)

Posted on September 24 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS : In the follow-up to tasering of Raoul Moat (see SEARCH box). Amnesty International says police use of Xrep Taser ‘alarming’, after tests branded it inaccurate and unreliable. Police pointed the experimental Taser at Raoul Moat during the standoff in July last year. It was fired twice, with ‘no effect whatsoever’. Research conducted […]

SWITZERLAND – Electronic control device exposure: a review of morbidity and mortality.(2011-08-31)

Posted on August 11 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A scientific review article of tasers by Swiss emergency surgeons. The principal finding: “A single exposure of an electronic control device on healthy individuals can be assumed to be generally safe, according to 23 prospective human experimental studies and numerous volunteer exposures. In case series, however, electronic control devices could have […]

USA – Safety risks skewed by research funded by company, San Francisco University heart specialists study shows (2011-07-29)

Posted on July 29 2011 by admin

 [[SUMMARY / COMMENTS. Independent research study by San Francisco University heart specialists clearly shows bias in scientific reports distributed by TASER Inc. They looked at 50 studies into the health effects of Tasers. About half, or 23 studies, were sponsored by the company. It revealed 96 per cent of the Taser-funded studies found the […]

THAILAND – US gives Thailand some non-lethal lessons (2011-06-17)

Posted on June 17 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Among other”non-lethal” weapons, US military personnel are training Thai military and police in the use of tasers to be able to combat insurrections such as happenned a years ago: “United States Marines have finished training Thailand’s military and police to use electroshock Tasers to inflict “intense pain”]] Asia Times online, by Richard […]

USA – University of California at San Francisco Heart Doctors Uncover Significant Bias in Taser® Safety Studies (2011-05-06)

Posted on May 8 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: An important methodological study presented at the Heart Rhythm Society’s 32nd Annual Scientific Sessions in May 2011. In Sept 2010, UCSF cardiologists analyzed the results of all 119 empirical studies of taser safety in the MEDLINE data base. Of those meeting the criteria for this research, 23% were funded by TASER Inc.: […]

TASER Inc. – Second-shot Taser stun gun hits the market New Taser can focus on 2 targets or fire again (2011-04-20)

Posted on April 22 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Reliable description of the of the next generation of police-marketed tasers: the “X2”. The Phoenix, Arizona paper has consistently reported in depth on tasers. Here it reports the 20 April 2011 launching of the next generation of police-marketed tasers: “The new product features a second shot so officers can recover instantly from […]

CANADA – Medical study to look at Taser research gaps (2011-02-14)

Posted on February 14 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The federal government announced it will be spending nearly $2-million to study various grey-area aspect of the taser. One element: The research will be overseen by the miltary and police oversight body, and its independence remains in doubt. Amnesty International welcomes the initiative but the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association wonders why […]

TASER Inc. – Research: “Echocardiographic evaluation of TASER X26 probe deployment into the chests of human volunteers.” (2010-02-31)

Posted on March 31 2010 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: This is posted as an example of TASER-sponsored research. The abstract of this academic article is available on the official site contradicting the cardiac dangers critics ascribed to tasers. TASER-financed researchers performed a human echocardiographic study in which a training instructor discharged a TASER X26 for 5 seconds into the chests of […]

[Fall, 2009] USA – Michael D. White & Justin Ready: T a s e r s i n t h e M e d i a: Examining fatal and nonfatal incidents involving the TASER. Identifying predictors of suspect death reported in the media

Posted on December 31 2009 by admin

Michael D. White Justin Ready A r i z o n a S t a t e U n i v e r s i t y Criminology & public policy, 2009, Volume 8, no.4, pp. 865-891 [[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: This research article examines media coverage of taser use: all media reports of TASER incidents […]

USA – Research: “Relation of Taser (Electrical Stun Gun) Deployment to Increase in In-Custody Sudden Deaths” (2009-03-19)

Posted on May 9 2009 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Principal finding of this independent University of California at San Francisco Department of Electrocardiology study of a cross section of US police departments: “The rate of in-custody sudden death increased 6.4-fold … and the rate of firearm death increased 2.3-fold … in the in the first full year after Taser deployment compared […]

USA – Study Tests Real-world Effects of Stun Gun Use (2009-01-22)

Posted on January 22 2009 by admin

  [[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: “A University of California: San Francisco researchers have completed the first study, published in the American Journal of Cardiology, to test real-world effects of stun gun use. … The rate of sudden deaths increased six-fold in the first year that California law enforcement agencies deployed the use of stun guns. The […]

USA – Amnesty International: “Less than lethal? The use of stun weapons in US Law Enforcement” (2008-12)

Posted on December 31 2008 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: This is the much-cited Amnesty International 2008 132-page report (pdf) on US stun gun use. Here we present the introduction and overview. The full report, along with other Amnesty reports (on Canada and the USA)  rapidly became the cornerstone of the counterbalance to the TASER Inc. discourse on the effects of Taser […]

CANADA – Rob Wipond: “The Facts about Tasers — and the Lies” (2008-01-05)

Posted on July 1 2008 by admin