A firstcoastnews.com article reported that children were tased during “Take Your Child to Work Day” at the Martin Correctional Institution in Indiantown and the Indian River Correctional Institute in Vero Beach. This story has outraged residents who live near the prison.
What began as a group of prison employees bringing their children to work ended with those 10 employees on administrative leave for allegedly using stun guns on the kids.
The employees wanted their kids to feel the sensation of the stun gun. The kids ranged in age from 8 to 14 and luckily none were seriously hurt. But one has to wonder about the mindset and judgment of the parents.
According to a Canadian study, taser stun guns used by law enforcement can cause brain-problems such as seizures, a loss of consciousness, and suspended breathing and confusion. Adults have had these reactions, so using a stun gun on the small body of a child could have even more devastating and permanent effects. Additionally, traumatic brain injury and concussion can occur if someone falls to the ground.
Tasers have been responsible for the wrongful death of individuals with heart conditions by delivering a jolt so strong it causes the heart to beat irregularly. Lawsuits have been filed when taser guns have been used without adequate caution. In fact, in 2007 a University of Florida student was tasered at a campus forum for Sen. John Kerry, bringing renewed attention to the use of the stun guns. Other incidents have involved the mentally ill or autistic who have been the victims of tasers when police didn’t understand their actions.
In the last five years, law enforcement agencies have increased stun guns up from 2,000 to 11,500, according to a spokesman for Taser International. With widespread use comes additional opportunity for the abuse of the stun guns. Amnesty International reports that there have been 270 deaths in the U.S. following the use of tasers.
A personal injury attorney in Florida might want to discuss your case with you to see if there was justifiable reason for you to be tasered. At Farah and Farah, we aggressively defend the rights of our clients who have been injured as a result of another person’s negligence. Our dedicated personal injury team will discuss what led to your injuries and help you get compensation for hospital stays, treatment, or any lost wages from not being able to work due to your injury. Contact us today for a case evaluation.