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Theodore A. Hoppe


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Are Conductive Electronic Weapons (CEW), or as they are more commonly know, Tasers a "non lethal" weapon?

Stephen Coleman has set his TEDTalk up as a TED-Ed lesson using the term "non-lethal" for tasers. He should know better. Tasers are now being referred to as "Less Lethal" even by it maker.

"Fourth Circuit upholds multi-million dollar award in Taser death:

The jury awarded the mother and father of the young man ten million dollars. While the amount was later reduced to $5.5 million the significance of the case is that it shows that Tasers are deadly weapons when used as the company recommended, and as the evidence showed the officer was trained to use it. "


I posed this question in the "guided discussion," at TED-Ed, and not only did no one responded, the question was removed.
Should TED-Ed remove the lesson?

Topics: tasers

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    Dec 7 2013: "The draft Taser policy was a disappointment to us," said the ACLU's Allen Gilbert.

    The ACLU filed comments on the draft policy, pointing out several concerns, including -- that it does not require regular testing of weapons to make sure they are emitting a standard charge, that the standard for police use of force is too broad and makes excessive force "almost guaranteed," and that it allows Tasers to be used on "special populations" like people with cognitive impairment.

    "Policy says you should think about this but it doesn't say, do not shoot a mentally disturbed, a mentally ill or a disabled person with a Taser except in extreme circumstances. It doesn't say that and it really should," Gilbert said.


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