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

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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