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Friday, April 27, 2007

Excited delirium or excuse for excessive force?

April 27, 2007
Abigail Goldman, Scripps Howard News Service
"Those people who say it's a credible medical term typically have ties to the law enforcement community and or Taser International itself, and those facts undermine any claim of objectivity."

Officer guilty of assault on jaywalker

April 27, 2007
CBC News

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Taser study explores effects on people, why some die

April 1, 2007
Jo Moreland, NC Times

"Sixty San Diego County sheriff's deputies have volunteered to be monitored by researchers while they train to use the Tasers, which were purchased by the Sheriff's Department in 2006 as a less-lethal alternative to their firearms. The deputies are shot with tasers, which deliver a 50,000-volt electrical shock, during their training ... Research team member Gary Vilke, of the University of California at San Diego, who is a doctor trained in emergency medicine, said the fact that the study does not examine people under the same stress as that endured in a struggle with law enforcement officers is "always the criticism.""

Yep - that's a problem.