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Friday, March 12, 2010

Taser

http://www.examiner.com/x-37621-Public-Safety-Examiner~y2010m3d11-The-Chicago-way-Windy-City-cops-to-increase-stun-gun-stockpile

"Amnesty International claims that more than 350 people in the U.S. have died since June 2001 after being Tasered by cops."
How many people have not died since June 2001 after being Tasered by cops?
How many people have died since June 2001 after being arrested who were not Tasered by cops?
How many people have died since June 2001 after being hit with batons by cops?
How many people have died since June 2001 after being OC'd by cops?
How many people have died since June 2001 after being shot by cops?
How many people have died since June 2001 after having empty handed arrest control techniques used on them by cops?
How many people have died since June 2001 after having some other weapons used on them by cops?
How many people have been arrested since June 2001 by cops?
If OC, batons, and Tasers are out of bounds, what does Amnesty International suggest we do with people on drugs who resist arrest?

These numbers for the Taser deaths are only valuable in context. Police kill about 600 people per year in shootings. The 350 people who died after being Tasered is only 35 per year, much lower than the number who are shot to death by police in that same period. The Taser saves lives, both suspect lives and police officer lives; that's what the SGT Says.

4 comments:

Momma Fargo said...

I think if that were to happen, the only tool left on our belts would be the gun. And Amnesty International would die, no pun intended...well, ok, it was...if we shot people.

Bunkermeister said...

Momma is right as always. It is not pretty to watch police subdue a large man who does not want to go to jail. In the past it meant beating him into submission with big sticks. Broken bones, even death were often the result. Todays methods are usually much better, but not perfect.

Ann T. said...

Dear Bunkermeister,
In no way do I defend this shoddy piece of statistical nonsense from Amnesty International.

I do think their stance on this and on capital punishment in the U.S. arises from their experiences in other countries, where torture via electricity is used or where the courts are so bent that execution procedure is summary.

They are failing to make some important distinctions with that. And the statistics, as you point out, are just bogus. Nevertheless i do have some admiration for what they try to do for people living w/o rule of law.

I wish they'd clean up their act here.

Sincerely,
Ann T.

Bunkermeister said...

Ann T. You are correct, many nations do not observe the rule of law. Even in this country we are not perfect. I hope new technologies can make things safer for officers, the public and the suspects.