By now, most of us have seen video clips of the University of Florida student who was tasered and arrested at a John Kerry forum in 2008. But while the verb “tase” has become part of our pop culture lexicon, Tasers can inflict serious harm. That’s why a recent editorial decries the use of Tasers by police, particularly in cases where the suspect has not resisted arrest.
According to the editorial, over 350 people have died in Taser-related incidents. In some case, a 17-year-old died when officers tasered the teen without talking to or identifying him. Tasers by definition give a sudden shock to the central nervous system which not everyone can withstand.