Tasers have been used by law enforcement across the country but they are controversial. They can result in a bad outcome for the people who are zapped, usually to keep them under control. That is what happened to one man. He has lapses in his conversation and in his memory. Four years ago, the man was hit with a Taser Electronic Control Device or ECD when he refused an order to get off a Watsonville, California city bus. He suffered immediate cardiac arrest and his attorney says he suffered oxygen deprivation. Today he is permanently disabled.
Our hearts go out to the family of this man who must take care of him the rest of his life.
4,000 law enforcement agencies use Tasers and have delivered more than 1.8 million zaps. Amnesty International, the human rights organization, says that 400 people have died as a result of the strikes.
Medical experts believe that 660-volt is average but the peak voltage can rise to up to 40,000 volts. The man’s family lawyer says he knows because Taser International was funding a study by the American College of Cardiology Foundation, which concluded that Tasers should not be fired near the heart to reduce the chance of inducing ventrical arrhythmias. The researchers also concluded that a Taser is not likely to cause cardiac arrest.
The family of this man has filed a lawsuit against the maker of the Taser, Taser International. They say that the weapon is dangerous because when fired at the chest it can cause cardiac arrest and that Taser knew about the danger. Many law enforcement agencies have decided to follow the advice and no longer use a Taser near the chest, but instead aim for the arms, legs or buttocks. Police understand they are less likely to be sued if they follow that advice. Other police departments in San Francisco, Detroit, and Memphis have all decided not to use Tasers. If you or a loved one has been injured by a Taser, you may have rights that need to be preserved and investigated. Call on the help of a Florida personal injury attorney and an investigator to make sure that the at-fault party is held responsible for your injuries.