Problems with using alternatives to guns
Miami Beach police say an 18-year-old died after being shocked with a stun gun as he resisted arrest for spraying graffiti.Chief Ray Martinez told the Miami Herald that officers spotted Israel Hernandez-Llach painting graffiti on an abandoned fast-food restaurant early Tuesday. Martinez said the teen ran, but was eventually cornered. He said Hernandez-Llach then ran at the officers and one shot him with a Taser in the chest. The teen went into medical duress and died at a hospital. . . .A case from July 25th:
A 29-year-old man at a special needs facility on Long Island died after police shot him with a stun gun when he fought them as they tried to take him to the hospital for a psychiatric evaluation, authorities said.
Staff at the Maryhaven Center of Hope in Middle Island called police Wednesday night to report Dainell Simmons, a resident at the facility, had become violent and uncontrollable, officials said. . . .A case from July 22nd:
Wilmington police are investigating the death of a 28-year-old city man Sunday night after he was hit with a stun gun multiple times following a police pursuit.There have been warnings from the manufacturer not to target people's chest near their heart.
Police began pursuing a vehicle at 8:09 p.m. at 25th and Madison streets when officers attempted to stop it, department spokesman Cpl. Mark Ivey said. He said a high-speed chase ensued but was called off because of “public safety concern.” . . .
Through a Freedom of Information (FOI) request, the Guardian newspaper was able to obtain statistics on the use of the electroshock weapon dating back to 2009, from 18 of UK’s 45 police authorities.Another recent case from the UK.
The data revealed that out of 906 total charges unleashed, 518 were aimed at the chest. This constitutes 57 per cent of total uses.
It also directly contradicts advice given by the electroshock weapon’s manufacturer.
"When possible, avoid targeting the frontal chest area near the heart to reduce the risk of potential serious injury or death,” says the Taser International training manual.
"Serious complications could also arise in those with impaired heart function or in those with an implanted cardiac pacemaker or defibrillator." . . .
On July 10, Jordan Begley, a 23-year-old factory worker, died after being hit with a Taser gun fired by police at his home in Gorton, a district of Manchester, England.Reports said that he died shortly after a 50,000 volt charge Taser gun was fired at him inside his home at 8 p.m. . . .