A new report by the N.C. Taser Safety Project, formed by groups including the NAACP, the ACLU and the Mental Health Association, asserts that law-enforcement agencies around the state need to adopt stricter policies on the use of taser stun guns.
“Touted by the company as a device that saves lives, taser use has resulted in numerous injuries and has been proximate to several deaths in North Carolina and hundreds across the country,” the report states, before going on to deal with more specific concerns about taser usage. Many counties, it notes, don’t restrict taser usage around flammable materials or on pregnant women, children, the elderly, passive resisters or handcuffed suspects.
Buncombe County prohibits taser usage on pregnant women, near flammable materials or on subjects in high places. It restricts usage on handcuffed suspects, but not on the elderly, the young, the disabled or passive resisters.
Asheville Police Chief Bill Hogan and Buncombe County Sheriff Van Duncan have asserted that tasers are safe and save lives.
Click here to read the report.
— David Forbes, staff writer