Angela Coughlin: Taser

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Angela Coughlin: Taser

  1. 1. AN UNREGULATED SHOCK TO THE SYSTEM: THE MIS-USE OF TASER IN THE UNITED STATES
  2. 2. Since TASERs introduction in the United States in 1974, it has been increasingly utilized by the law enforcement community – but what are the guidelines for its usage? <ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZ2R6nGR9-g&feature=related </li></ul>
  3. 3. Policies regarding the use of TASER is at the discretion of local law enforcement agencies. <ul><li>The PERF has created guidelines for the use of TASERs; whether local police adopt these “policies” is not clear. The 2006 CED Report calls for the development of standards for consistency and guidance. </li></ul>
  4. 4. MISUSE OF TASER an unemployed man held his disabled grandma hostage for 7 hours in an apartment in the Bronx, firing approximately 100 shots at officers before he was incapacitated by police using TASER guns; police in Miami used a TASER gun on a 6 year old boy who was cutting himself with a piece of glass; TASER guns were also used to subdue a 12 year old truant boy fleeing police in Miami (White, 2007). <ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OnV7e2eNbc&NR=1 </li></ul>
  5. 5. This led to the following questions: <ul><li>Do crime control efforts reflect the distribution of resources aimed at controlling crime, or do they unreasonably represent the political interests of those in power in controlling minorities? </li></ul><ul><li>How can our government develop policies and effectively regulate TASER usage? </li></ul>
  6. 6. On The Road to Improvement… <ul><li>All police departments that use TASER should be required to submit an annual report regarding the usage of TASER. </li></ul><ul><li>This information can be utilized by the government to enforce regulations and policies regarding TASER. </li></ul>

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