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Taser safety studies significantly biased from ties to manufacturer

Taser safety studies may be biased due to researchers’ ties to the electrical stun guns’ manufacturer, Taser International Inc., according to cardiologists at the University of California, San Francisco. The cardiologists examined the the accuracy of 50 published studies on the potential dangers of using Taser stun guns and found…

Illinois officer acquitted in videotaped beating

First of 3 central Illinois police officers tried in videotaped beating found not guilty A jury has acquitted one of three central Illinois police officers charged with beating and shocking a man with a stun gun after a 2008 car chase. The jurors on Wednesday found Andrew Smith not guilty…

Phoenix police officer tased and then shot victim

Defense lawyer says Phoenix police officer indicted on murder charge in on-duty shooting A Phoenix police officer has been indicted on a second-degree murder charge for the on-duty shooting of a suspect, his lawyer said Thursday. Officer Richard Chrisman was served a summons on the indictment, attorney Craig Mehrens said.…

Lawsuit settled over Ill. deputy’s use of stun gun

A federal lawsuit that accused a southern Illinois sheriff’s deputy of zapping three children with a stun gun at an emergency youth shelter and threatening to sodomize one of them has been settled for $750,000, according to court documents. David Bowers and a fellow Jefferson County deputy who the lawsuit…

2 Ga. officers out after stun gun video surfaces

One officer was fired and another quit after a rural Georgia woman who called police to complain of a prowler was zapped repeatedly with a stun gun. Ryan Smith of the Lumpkin Police Department has resigned and Tim Murphy, of Richland Police Department, was fired for using pepper spray on…

Police fire stun grenades at World Cup pay protest

DURBAN, South Africa — Police fired rubber bullets and stun grenades to break up a protest by hundreds of stadium staff unhappy at their wages on Monday in the first major unrest of the football World Cup. As organisers promised to investigate why thousands of seats were empty at weekend…

Ind. officers suspended after using Taser on 10-year-old boy

Two officers called to a home day care to subdue an unruly 10-year-old have been suspended after one used a stun gun on the boy and another slapped him in the mouth, a central Indiana police chief said Thursday. The child suffered no significant injuries. Both officers have been placed…

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