The company that makes Taser stun guns has admitted for the first time that the weapon carries a risk of heart problems for the target.
Tasers are used by tens of thousands of police forces across the world, including in Britain and France. The manufacturer, Taser International, is now advising police to avoid aiming at the chest of a target, conceding there is what it calls an “extremely low” risk of “an adverse cardiac event.” Tasers and their 50,000 volt charge were adopted by police as a safer alternative to guns. Amnesty International claims that more than 350 people were killed by Tasers between 2001 and the end of last year. The human rights group adds that 90 percent of those people were unarmed.