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To use the electroshock weapon or not?

It isn't very often that the use of an electroshock weapon (i.e. Taser) is warranted. This may not have been one of those times. The question to ask is, if it is a police officer's duty to protect and serve, at what point do you whip out the taser?



Police at Coachella music show amazing restraint


for three minutes until they shock the drunk naked guy. Did he have it coming? You be the judge?





New Mexico police use the electroshock weapon on a 14 year old child


If you thought that use of the electroshock weapon was warranted in the situation above, what about in the following situation? 14 year old child flees at the site of the non-lethal weapon. Officers respond by using the taser. Interestingly enough, they were aiming for her back.




Electroshock weapons

An electroshock weapon is an incapacitant weapon used for subduing a person by administering electric shock aimed at disrupting superficial muscle functions. One type is a conductive energy device (CED), an electroshock gun popularly known by the brand name "Taser", which fires projectiles that administer the shock through a thin, flexible wire. Other electroshock weapons such as stun guns, stun batons, and electroshock belts administer an electric shock by direct contact. A shockround is a piezo-electric tip for a projectile that generates and releases electric charge on impact.

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