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  •  Tasers are "non-lethal" (11+ / 0-)

    but they do kill people--Digby has covered this issue in great depth.

    And the Taser companies throw tons of money into lawsuits to ensure medical examiners do not declare the cause of death of Taser victims to be Taser-related.

    There is something called "excited delirium" that is often listed as the cause of death of Taser victims. It is a condition that only seems to affect people who have been Tasered. People who haven't been Tasered never get it, for some reason. But the Taser companies would like you to know that it wasn't the Tasering that killed the victim--it was "excited delirium," and Tasers are perfectly safe.

    This of course dovetails nicely with the desire of police departments to avoid responsibility for Taser deaths.

    Of course, even if you don't die, getting fried with 100 milliamps can seriously and permanently damage your health. But good luck getting either the Taser manufacturers or law enforcement to admit any responsibility. They barely have to do anything even if there is a body--you can imagine what happens if there isn't.

    "Non-lethal" is a code word for "cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war!" If it's non-lethal the cops don't have to take any precautions, they can just pull the trigger, no worries, no restraint.

    A few years ago they were talking about a new development in "nonlethal weapons": microwave pain rays. Now imagine those pain rays mounted on small drones.

    With one press of a button, law enforcement officers could make you writhe in sudden, overwhelming agony. And you wouldn't even see it. You wouldn't know what was happening to you or who was doing it.

    It's like the divine thunderbolt of Zeus--non-lethal, of course.

    "In America, the law is king." --Thomas Paine

    by limpidglass on Thu Jul 04, 2013 at 10:16:28 AM PDT

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