Police Taser Stun Gun Injuries
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Types of Taser Injuries
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In the past ten years, hundreds of people have died after being hit by tasers, and hundreds more have been severely injured. Tasers work by delivering thousands of volts to the victim, usually via two dart-like electrodes that can be fired by police officers from a range of up to 15 feet. The immediate effect of this five-second-long electric shock is to disrupt the victim’s voluntary muscle control and set off a series of involuntary muscle contractions, which usually bring the suspect immediately to his or her knees.
People can be injured by tasers in a variety of ways. First and foremost, the intense electric shock delivered by a taser can affect the victim’s heart rhythm, resulting (in susceptible individuals) in fatal cardiac arrhythmias. (In 2009, Taser International advised police officers to aim their tasers well below their targets’ chests, to reduce the possibility of accidental death.) Second, the shock delivered by a taser can exacerbate the dangerous side effects of drugs, either legal or illegal, once again leading to death or serious injury.
Death by taser is a relatively rare event, however, and it is far more common for taser victims to experience electrical burns or scars. It’s also not uncommon for the severe, involuntary muscle contractions caused by Tasers to result in sprained or even broken limbs, especially if the victim falls to the ground from an awkward position.
There have also been cases where Tasers ignited nearby flammable substances (chemicals, gas stations, methamphetamine labs) and the target was severely burned.
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