A seventeen year old boy, died in a supermarket after a police officer shot him in the chest with a Taser Model X26 electronic control device in 2008. The parents of the boy filed a lawsuit against Taser International for failing to warn law enforcement officials that shooting their stun guns into a person’s chest could cause a heart attack.
The police officer shot the boy in response to reports that he had been yelling and throwing things at the store manager. The officer used the Taser to subdue the boy for thirty-seven seconds. After receiving the shock, he stopped moving. The officer stunned the boy again for five more seconds after he failed to put his hands behind his back. The boy was neither on drugs at the time nor did he have any signs of heart disease prior to the incident.
Taser International insists that their Taser guns are safe, non-lethal devices and that studies have proven that there is no danger of cardiac arrest if the device strikes an individual in the chest. In October 2009, despite these claims, the company recommended that officers not aim directly for the chest.
In addition, a 2008 report by Amnesty International found 334 deaths linked to the use of Taser guns between 2001 and August 2008.
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Posted by Bice Law LLC. March 15, 2012