Friday, April 24, 2009
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.
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