Two new studies published this week by the Office of Justice Programs examine police use of force, specifically “less lethal” weapons like Tasers and pepper spray.
“Study of Deaths Following Electro-Muscular Disruption” looked at injuries and deaths resulting from “conducted electricity devices” (CEDs). According to the report, the risk of death from a CED-related use of force incident is one-quarter of one percent, but researchers recommended that police avoid exposing an individual to multiple or prolonged contact.
“Police Use of Force, Tasers and Other Less-Lethal Weapons” examines 25,000 use of force events from a dozen large American cities. It concludes that using a Taser significantly lowers injuries to both police and citizens.
Both studies can be accessed here.