Can Taser Law Cause Permanent Injury? Abstract

CanTaser Law Cause Permanent Injury?



Thedebate whether Taser law causes permanent injuries or not is nolonger an issue to brush aside in the United States. Variousorganizations and bodies that administer law at large and especiallypolice officers use tasers law in the expanse of criminal repetitiondogma. The question is, can taser law cause permanent injuries? Thistopic has become one of the much disputed topics in the UnitedStates. The dispute comes in because tasers laws are very directlaws and at the same time they are extremely complicated. This is aparadox on its own that needs to be revealed by many law agencies(California Civil Rights Attorneys, (2005). This is absolutely anissue to reckon with since it is creating quite a good number ofcontroversies amongst law agencies in the United States. Thisresearch paper analyses some of the cases that tasers law has causedpermanent injuries and even to some extent death. There will be aswell dependent and independent variables that this research hasconducted and their hypothesis statement for the same.

Tasersare a form of law enforcement weapons that most police officersdeploy on the suspects. They are devices that look like handgunswhich fire electrical volts instead of bullets. Most police officersin the United States use tasers and this has raised serious concernsamong the civilians and other stakeholders. Having come in fullswing in the law enforcement arena for more than two decades ago,tasers have been used as alternatives for firearms by police officersand this has been termed to be police brutality. According toCalifornia Civil Rights Attorneys, ever since 1991, the United Stateshas lost nearly more than 350 people who have come in contact withtasers (Amnesty international, 2008).There are a number of principlesthat various stakeholders in this matter can come to a common ground.One, it is far much better to debilitate a criminal instead of endingthat person’s life. Two, tasers law can only be allowed to be usedby police officers in case it is so needed for them so as to shieldthese police officers from the criminals as well as reducingcorporeal harm to the accused. And thirdly, police officers have toknow the impact of the armaments that they are expected to use on theaccused and the harm those armaments can cause before using thearmament in question (California Civil Rights Attorneys, 2005).Nevertheless, sadly, the rationality of finding a common ground onthe above mentioned principles does not lead to somewhat clearsuppositions on the subject of the police officers using tasers lawreasonably (Amnesty International, 2008). The research furthermorewill sample various plans and techniques used to collect data forthese plans.


Tasersare not as harmless as the companies that produce them depict them.Perhaps this is just a strategy for these firms to make more salesand market their products! The injuries caused by tasers are mostlikely dependable on variables such as the size of an individual hit,the amount of lipids that individual has in the body and the areawhere the taser hits that person. These are not the only variables,there are others as well. It is somehow ironical that tasers alsocause permanent injuries on cops as well. This is because policeofficers use them either to tease each other or just for fun. But thetruth be told, tasers are not to be used as toys due to the harm theycause to individuals (Bollyn, 2005a).The first project case that thisresearch has reviewed is the case of Bollyn. Bollyn was a deputy inthe state of Utah in the county of Davis for 16 years. In his ownexperience with the dangers caused by tasers, Bollyn was shot in thearm with tasers since they were told that they needed to have anexperience of tasers as part of their training (Bollyn, 2005a). Thetrainers assured them that tasers had no any serious harm to theperson neither does it cause any permanent medical glitches. So,Bollyn went for the ride! According to him, he only had a veryshort-lived ride as compared to what he had been told. Life was neverthe same again for him since then. Due to the brutal pain caused bytasers, Bollyn has had his neck welded. His nerves are as welldamaged. This has caused him to be paralyzed in his chest andtriceps. As if this is not enough, Bollyn has no feeling in three ofhis right hand fingers (Bollyn, 2005a). This is a permanent harm thattasers have caused Bollyn! He has since been fired from his dutiesand now he is just as good as a vegetable, if that’s not too muchto describe his condition! This is an indication that tasers canreally cause permanent physical harm and injuries.

Anothervariable that indicates clearly that tasers cause permanent injuriesis in the case of Pete Herring, who is a chief police in Missouri,Hallsville. While Herring was demonstrating to his officers thesafety nature of using tasers, he offered to be shocked so as to showthe exhibition well (Bollyn, 2005b). Pete has had a cardiacmutilation plus a couple of strokes due to this experience. Apartfrom this, he has as well suffered visual as well as hearingimpairment, not to mention the nervous damage that he has had((Bollyn, 2005b).

Thecase of Gregory Rink is another case of an officer being permanentlyinjured by taser in the line of duty. Rink came from the county ofKane. Various stakeholders, including Richard Rink, who is Gregory’sfather, have denied speaking up about this issue (Bollyn,2005). Tasers clearly cause permanent harm and even death. Another case isthat of Salina. Salina was a man coming from California. He succumbeddue to being tasered. Salina had a heart attack and unfortunately, hedid not make it to tell his story (Heston vsCity of Salinas et at., 2008).All in all, his case was dismissed by a judge since traces of drugswere found in Salina’s system. Other cases are being reviewed byCNN on the issue of people being tasered and incurring injuries fromthe same.

Thereis a passenger who is called Jason. Apparently, Mark has no anydangerous weapon with him though he is only putting on underwear. Thepolice officer stops Mark for not putting on a seat belt. Mark doesnot argue with the police officer. He complies and fastens his seatbelt without causing any threat to the police office, even though heseems annoyed with this. Minutes later, the cop fires his taser atMark with no any warning sign. Due to this, Mark falls on the groundand injures his face. This was so out of question! The police officeracted unreasonably! This is an own researched case through survey.

Thepolice office would have used tasers of Mark in a case like thisMark has just short a shop attendant and killed him on the spot. Thenpolice officers arrive but Mark starts running away from the crimescene. The police officers warn him to stop but he does not. He isheaded to a crowd of people nearby.

Fromthe above variable cases, it goes without question that tasers canactually cause permanent injuries to the victim. This said, it istherefore advisable that police officers should not use tasers onsuspects unless it is really necessary. Moreover, tasers can only beused by police officers in a reasonable manner. It should not beexcessive because by so doing, they will be violating theindividual’s rights and they can cause permanent harm to thesuspect. The same goes to the cops while training. Tasers are notsupposed to be used on police officers as a demonstration since mostof the cops have become permanently injured due to this action. Theabove variables are both dependent and independent variables.

Mysampling plan is a random plan. The population chosen for thissampling plan varies from police officers to civilians who have beenaffected by tasers. In the above mentioned variables, most policeofficers have been permanently injured due to the tasers law. Theyuse it to demonstrate while on training. It clearly indicates thattasers law is not only harmful but also fatal since some of thepeople who have come in contact with these tasers, have died. Someare bed ridden and others are physically impaired permanently. Policeofficers have also not been so reasonable in using tasers oncivilians. Tasers are only allowed to be used in extreme measureswhere the suspect does not want to comply with the police officers.Otherwise, the use of tasers will be an abuse of power and violationof human rights if they are not used appropriately.

Mydata collection technique is mostly from existing data. I haveresearched thoroughly on this issue of tasers law and found out thatmost people have suffered permanent injuries due to tasers. Some ofthese injuries include paralysis, nervous failure and visualimpairment, cardiac arrest among others.

Inconclusion, it is therefore not wise for the companies that producetasers to mislead the public into thinking that these weapons are notharmful when in real sense they are harmful. The concernedstakeholders and the law enforcement agencies must come in and savethe day. If not, we shall continue loosing people and even havingmore people with permanent injuries caused by tasers. The validity ofthis research is that it wants to show the public how harmful tasersare. This research is as well reliable in the manner that theinformation found here is so true based on the cases and variables itconducted. It is unethical for police officers to use brutality whendealing with suspects. More so, cops are not supposed to be used assamples while training since this can cause permanent injuries.


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