Taser Safety “Significantly Overstated”–NY Times

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At least 50 people, including six last month, have died afer being shocked by Tasers, reports the New York Times. Taser International says its weapons are not lethal, even for people with heart conditions or pacemakers. The deaths resulted from drug overdoses or other factors and would have occurred anyway, the company says. The Times concludes that Taser "has scant evidence for that claim. The company's primary safety studies on the M26, which is far more powerful than other stun guns, consist of tests on a single pig in 1996 and on five dogs in 1999." Company-paid . . .

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