I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. - MLK
"I believe in a Spinoza's God who reveals himself in the harmony of all that exists, but not in a God who concerns himself with the fate and actions of human beings."
--Albert Einstein, 1929
This isn't TV and movies, people don't stand around talking for 10 minutes for the "drama" of it, and life doesn't slow down to slo-mo while someone is advancing on you at a fast pace with a weapon and the intent to cause harm or kill you.
If multiple officers have the TIME to COORDINATE for one to use taser while others have weapons drawn, and ensure they are positioned so that this tactic will go down without causing harm to themselves, then sure. That usually isn't going to be the case unless its a TV movie drama scene.
Science and Medical
TASER® Benefits for Law Enforcement
"Despite the Taser’s increasing popularity among police agencies, questions have been raised concerning the weapon’s use and effectiveness as well as its potential to cause serious injury or death. This article examines all Taser deployments by the New York City Police Department from 2002 to 2005 ( N = 375) and uses two multivariate approaches—logistic regression and chi-square automatic interaction detection—to identify predictors of Taser effectiveness, measured as continued suspect resistance and officer satisfaction. Findings indicate that several factors are associated with reduced effectiveness, including suspect body weight (more than 200 pounds), drug and alcohol use, physical violence, and close distance (3 feet or less) between the officer and the suspect. Although this study represents a preliminary effort at identifying predictors of Taser effectiveness, there are clear training and policy implications for police departments. "
The Impact of the Taser on Suspect Resistance: Identifying Predictors of Effectiveness
"The Taser fires two small dart-like electrodes, which stay connected to the main unit by conductive wire as they are propelled by small compressed nitrogen charges. The air cartridge contains a pair of electrodes and propellant for a single shot and is replaced after each use. There are a number of cartridges designated by range, with the maximum at 35 feet (10.6 m). Cartridges available to non-law enforcement consumers are limited to 15 feet (4.5 m). The electrodes are pointed to penetrate clothing and barbed to prevent removal once in place. Earlier Taser models had difficulty in penetrating thick clothing, but newer versions (X26, C2) use a "shaped pulse" that increases effectiveness in the presence of barriers.
Tasers also provide a safety benefit to police officers as they have a greater deployment range than batons, pepper spray or empty hand techniques. This allows police to maintain a safe distance. A study of use-of-force incidents by the Calgary Police Service conducted by the Canadian Police Research Centre found that the use of Tasers resulted in fewer injuries than the use of batons or empty hand techniques. Only pepper spray was found to be a safer intervention option."
Taser - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Tasers and other stun guns have proved effective in limiting injuries to police and suspects, but law enforcement needs to guard against potential abuse by officers who overly rely on such tools, a three-year study by University of South Carolina researchers found.
The findings are included in one of the largest studies conducted into police use of force and injuries that result from stun guns, pepper spray, batons and firearms. The study, funded by a $650,000 U.S. Justice Department grant, comes at a time when more than 11,500 police agencies use Tasers to control suspects.
Geoff Alpert, a USC criminology professor and principal investigator for the study, said researchers found electrical stun devices and pepper spray clearly reduce the likelihood of injuries to officers and suspects. "
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