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About this story: At least 48 people have died in the United States since January about one death a week in incidents in which police used Tasers, according to a Washington Post examination of police, court and autopsy records. The link between the use of Tasers and the deaths is unclear. At least one of the deaths occurred when an incapacitated person fell and hit his head. Other factors mentioned among the causes of death were excited delirium, methamphetamine or PCP intoxication, hypertensive heart disease, coronary artery disease, and cocaine toxicity. Twelveof the 26 cases in which The Post was able to obtain autopsy reports or cause of death information mentioned a Taser along with other factors.

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Chatham canada goose parka outlet County Sheriff’s Office policy prohibits deputies from drive stunning someone who is restrained, according to Sheriff Al St. Lawrence, who said he fired or forced out 16 people after the Ajibade incident.

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canada goose “There was a culture from top to bottom that they thought they could use the Taser however they wanted,” St. Lawrence said in September in an interview with The Post. “Deputies were using it as punishment, and you can’t use it as a form of punishment. There was just too much use.” canada goose

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Ajibade, who grew up in Prince George’s County, Md., was bipolar, his family canada goose outlet las vegas said.

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An ongoing debate canada goose outlet nyc continues across the country over how police use force particularly deadly force in the wake of high profile incidents in cities from coast to coast. Tasers, though, exist as a tool intended to move away from resorting to things such canada goose shop uk as chokeholds, batons and pepper spray, which was “an archaic way of doing business,” said Steve Tuttle, a spokesman for Taser canada goose parka uk International.

“We’re proud that we’ve given a tool canada goose outlet website legit to the toolbox that provides a safer alternative than using a baton strike that beats somebody senseless,” Tuttle said. “It’s better than spraying an acid in someone’s eyes that’s going to make them suffer and burn for 45minutes, even after they’ve complied, versus what we call an elegant, more humane and accountable solution.”

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Jack Cover, the physicist who invented the Taser, said the name came from “Tom canada goose outlet buffalo Swift and His Electric Rifle,” a science fiction novel he read growing up. Cover, who died in 2009, told The Post in 1976 that he was canada goose outlet washington dc fascinated by the book’s fictional weapon, which was capable of “stunning people with canada goose outlet eu blue balls of electricity.”

He first began thinking about the device during the 1968 Watts riots. Not long after, he read a Los Angeles Times article “about a man who had harmlessly gotten stuck on an electric canada goose outlet online store cattle fence for three hours,” he said. “The current immobilized his muscles, and I thought, ‘Why not convert that into a hand item?'”

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Canada Goose sale In “probe mode,” incapacitation occurs when the electricity causes muscles to contract in a cycle that last five seconds, which can be extended if the trigger is held back or pulled again. Canada Goose sale

“It takes all of your muscles away and you fall,” said Sgt. Garland Prince, who conducts Taser training for the 77 member Wichita County Sheriff’s Office in Texas and “took a hit during training” to see what it felt like.

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In 2011, the Police Executive Research Forum, a nonprofit policy and research organization, in conjunction with the Justice Department, canada goose womens outlet issued guidelines discouraging the use of drive stunning as a pain compliance method and said that this “may have limited effectiveness and, when used repeatedly, may even exacerbate the situation by inducing rage in the subject.”.