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Taser tells police to avoid shooting at chest

October 22, 2009

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— Stun-gun maker Taser International has started telling police agencies to avoid firing the devices at suspects’ chests, explaining that there’s an “extremely low” risk of ill effects on the heart and that doing so will make defending lawsuits easier.

The Scottsdale, Ariz.-based company made the recommendation in an Oct. 12 revised training manual, saying it “has less to do with safety and more to do with effective risk management for law enforcement agencies.”

The manual includes a graphic displaying the human body and “preferred target areas.” The company recommends firing Tasers anywhere but at the head, neck and chest. The manual says to avoid chest shots “when possible” and “unless legally justified.”

Taser critics call the company’s new recommendation an admission that the devices can cause heart attacks.

Comments

Practicality 5 years, 1 month ago

smitty,

Law Enforcement does not "shoot to kill' like you said. They shoot to stop. The center mass is the biggest part of the body. That is why it is targeted. People always say this nonsense. I would like to see you something the size of an arm from 30 yards, especially if it was moving. One also increases their chance of missing the smaller the target and the bullet just doesn't stop after it passes the target if they miss. It is not equivalant to Duck Hunter. Stop blaming the police for everything.

puddleglum 5 years, 1 month ago

so this might be why the judge in topeka gave the shawnee county sheriffs office 14 months to come up with a settlement? might as well take down goodyear too.

Flap Doodle 5 years, 1 month ago

The Lone Ranger and Roy Rogers could shoot the guns out of the hands of the bad guys. Everybody else, not so much.

Amy Heeter 5 years, 1 month ago

How are the police suppose to know someone has a prexisting condition?: I'm not sure tasers are the best alternative to shooting but not sure how to avoid the risk when someone is resisting.

oldvet 5 years, 1 month ago

Shoot for the center of mass and keep shooting until there is no longer a threat... better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6...

igby 5 years, 1 month ago

I suspect this is prof of an on-coming, national lawsuit.

I prefer a cattle-prod myself. If the batteies go dead you can whip them on to submission and fork them with the prongs. Lol.

So, which will it be: The "red one or the green one". Lol.

Get' em on e-bay or at your nearest tractor supply co. Lol.

Going green today for sure.

Going green!

Going green!

Lol.

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