Friday, April 24, 2009

Free-Thinking Friday: Two Teen Taser Deaths in Michigan


Brett Elder

 Robert Mitchell

In less than a month's time, two Michigan teens, both labeled "learning disabled", were killed by taser guns by police. Brett Elder was a 15-year-old from Bay City Michigan who police said was fighting with another person and tried to fight the police when they responded to the disruption. Robert Mitchell of Detroit Michigan was killed by Warren Michigan police who said that he ran after a traffic stop.

Tasers are supposed to inflict non-lethal incapacitation for a non-life-threatening police situation. However, Amnesty International, reporting on more than 400 taser-related deaths since 2001, has found that in over 90% of the deaths, misuse of the weapons was found, including repeated taser gun firings or excessive shocks that lasted more thean the standard five seconds.

You are invited to express your thoughts about taser-gun related deaths, especially involving teenagers in the comments section.

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  1. It is very sad that the life of two young teenage boys is now over because the police wouldn't use lesser force to gain control. What happened to pepper spray? their baton? Why do the police go straight to the taser guns?

    I invite your blog readers to see what I had to say about taser torture in America and sign online petition seeking congressional hearings.

    peace, Villager

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