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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Ontario's new guidelines for taser use

See Ontario's new guidelines for taser use

Ontario's new taser guidelines warn police to avoid taser use on a subject in control of a moving vehicle, bicycle or other conveyance; on sensitive areas of the body (i.e., head, throat, genitals); on a handcuffed subject; on a pregnant woman, elderly person, young child or visibly frail person.

Ontario's new taser guidelines ignore Taser International's October 2009 warning to avoid hitting suspects in the chest. (See CNN's Taser makers say don't aim at chest)

Instead, the guidelines advise that a medical assessment be obtained when BOTH PROBES are deployed on the chest near the heart.

1 comment:

Excited-Delirium blog said...

"...BOTH PROBES on the chest..." ?

Evidence of utter ignorance. The current goes from one probe to the other. So a single taser dart in an unlucky location might be all that's required.

I strongly suggest that the decision makers find someone with better than Grade 9 science to provide technical advice.