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Call to limit use of Taser guns

Posted By admin On December 16, 2008 @ 5:53 am In Prison Planet | Comments Disabled

PA [1]
Tuesday, Dec 16, 2008

Ministers were urged to limit the use of Taser guns after new figures emerged showing Taser-linked deaths.

Amnesty International said 334 people have died in the US since 2001 after being shot by the weapons, which deliver a 50,000-volt shock.

A spokesman for the campaign group said the weapons were “open to abuse” and they should only be used when the lives of police or members of the public were at risk.

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The Government announced last month it would issue 10,000 weapons and routinely give them to non-firearms officers.

But Amnesty’s arms programme director Oliver Sprague said the weapons were “potentially lethal”.

“They can inflict severe pain at the push of a button, without leaving substantial marks,” he said.

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[1] PA: http://uk.news.yahoo.com/21/20081216/tuk-call-to-limit-use-of-taser-guns-6323e80.html

[2] UK Cops To Get 10,000 New Taser Guns: http://www.prisonplanet.com/uk-cops-to-get-10000-new-taser-guns.html

[3] Police Taser use ‘up nearly a third’: http://www.prisonplanet.com/police-taser-use-up-nearly-a-third.html

[4] Taser roll-out snubbed by police: http://www.prisonplanet.com/taser-roll-out-snubbed-by-police.html

[5] Civil Rights Group Seeks To Shoot Down Taser Guns: http://www.prisonplanet.com/civil-rights-group-seeks-to-shoot-down-taser-guns.html

[6] Fears of Taser overuse as children and the elderly are targeted by police stun guns: http://www.prisonplanet.com/fears-of-taser-overuse-as-children-and-the-elderly-are-targeted-by-police-stun-guns.html

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