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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 14 2013: Study: Tasers can cause sudden death in people with abnormal mental status (via Des Moines Register; 11/23/2013):

    A special report from the U.S. Department of Justice in 2011 found that individuals with an abnormal mental status who are in a combative or resistive state may face risks for sudden death, and their conditions should be treated as medical emergencies.

    Reviews of Taser deaths in the study also suggest that many are linked with repeated shocks. The study advised law enforcement officers to use caution when using a Taser on an individual more than once.

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