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  • Aftershock: Death by Electrocution

    "Tasers have been highly controversial less-than-lethal (usually) weapons since law enforcement first began to embrace them less than a decade ago. This analysis and reassessment of the device concluded that, when used properly, the Taser has saved untold lives and reduced the frequency of serious injuries suffered by both law enforcement personnel and the general public. However when employed improperly, the weapon can prove to be as lethal as a service revolver."
  • Taser safety claim questioned; medical examiners connect stun gun to 5 deaths

    This series of stories examines stun-gun safety and how police are using the weapons. Stun-gun manufacturer Taser International has claimed that the shock of the gun is not lethal, but the Republic found the devices to be linked to at least 11 deaths, according to autopsy reports and interviews with medical examiners nationwide. The Republic's investigation also found that Phoenix area police use the weapon mostly against unarmed suspects in petty crimes. The newspaper's investigation prompted inquires by both the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Arizona Attorney General's office.