Do Tasers Make Us Safer? A New Study Suggests They Do.


A new report says that Tasers decrease the likelihood of injuries to both police and civilian suspects during use of force incidents. A group of researchers at the University of Southern California looked at use-of-force data from 12 large police departments, and determined that the use of what the report refers to as “conducted energy devices (CEDs), such as the Taser,” brought injuries to civilians down significantly. According to the report, police use force in between 15 and 20 percent of arrests. The report was commissioned by the National Institute of Justice.

In Orlando, for example, the researchers found that the rate of injury dropped 50 percent for suspects and 60 percent for officers after police started carrying CEDs in 2003.

Download the report, entitled “Police Use of Force: The Impact of Less-Lethal Weapons and Tactics” here.

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