Going on the record: PeaceSmiths creates statement/press release against tasers

January 20, 2010 at 9:40 pm 1 comment

P R E S S    R E L E A S E
January 20, 2010

Press Contact:
Kimberly Wilder, Coordinator, PeaceSmiths, Inc.

Local peace group urges a moratorium on Taser use in Suffolk County

PeaceSmiths, Inc. recommends that the Suffolk County Police Department should have a moratorium on Tasers.

PeaceSmiths directs the police department and concerned citizens to the comments of Amnesty International, in the document below, titled, “Taser Abuse in the United States.”

“Since June 2001, more than 351 individuals in the United States have died after being shocked by police Tasers. Most of those individuals were not carrying a weapon. Amnesty International is concerned that Tasers are being used as tools of routine force — rather than as an alternative to firearms.

Medical studies so far on the effects of Tasers have either been limited in scope or unduly influenced by the weapons’ primary manufacturer. No study has adequately examined the impact of Tasers on potentially at-risk individuals — people who have medical conditions, take prescription medications, are mentally ill or are under the influence of narcotics. Rigorous, independent, impartial study of their use and effects is urgently needed to determine what role Tasers may have played in the 351 deaths and to determine appropriate guidelines for future Taser use.

Given the unresolved safety concerns, Amnesty International recommends that police departments either suspend the use of Tasers and stun guns pending further safety research or limit their use to situations where officers would otherwise be justified in resorting to firearms.”

The Amnesty article can be found here: http://www.amnestyusa.org/us-human-rights/taser-abuse/page.do?id=1021202

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