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Dez
2004

TASERs, torture and death in the police state

by John G. Tarsikes, Jr.

Sierra Times

12/22/04

Bernard Kerik, President Bush's first choice to lead the Homeland Security Department, exercised stock options of $6.2 million he received from Taser International, which sold stun guns to the department -- and seeks more business with it. ... Maybe it's all about the money. The public, who is paying for these items, is being told that TASERs will be used as a safe, non-lethal alternative to guns. But in reality, they are being used in situations where police would never use lethal force. In fact, according to Amnesty International, the data shows that TASERs are used on unarmed suspects in 80% of the cases, including verbal non-compliance (36%), and only 3% of the time in cases involving potential 'deadly assault.' Their report details 74 TASER-related deaths that have occurred in the United States and Canada since June 2001...

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