Cop on Tasers: “It takes the fight of out them.”

Email Print

That is how Sgt. Jesse Garcia from the MN State Police characterizes these instruments of peace. Too bad that this person died after being shocked by the non-lethal weapon.

As usual, the troopers on the scene were put on administrative leave.

From the article:

He [Garcia] said it is used most frequently to quickly control a situation when an officer is struggling with someone. Injuries to officers struggling with offenders have decreased considerably since the department started using tasers in 2001.

I do wonder whether injuries to suspects have increased.

Amnesty International reports that more than 290 people have died since 2001 in taser-related incidents. Of the 291, 25 were armed but none had firearms.

2:59 pm on January 17, 2008