500 People Are Dead Because Law Enforcement Tasered Them
Non-lethal force. Saving lives. Who can argue with that. Well, in the United States, Amnesty International now reports that 500 people have been killed by Tasers employed by law enforcement officials. I imagine if they had a voice they might have something to say about the rampant use of this weapon (and yes, it is a weapon) that took from them (to paraphrase the character William Munny in the film Unforgiven) everything they ever had on this earth and everything they were ever going to have.
According to data collected by Amnesty International, at least 500 people in the United States have died since 2001 after being shocked with Tasers either during their arrest or while in jail. Amnesty International recorded the largest number of deaths following the use of Tasers in California (92), followed by Florida (65), and Texas (37). The Oklahoma City Police Department led all law enforcement agencies in deaths (7) following by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police, Harris County Sheriff’s (Tx), Phoenix, Az and San Jose, Ca., all with six deaths.
On Monday, Johnnie Kamahi Warren was the latest to die after a police officer in Dothan, Al. deployed a Taser on him at least twice. The 43-year-old, who was unarmed and allegedly intoxicated, reportedly stopped breathing shortly after being shocked and was pronounced dead in a hospital less than two hours later.
Well (I hear some say), they had it coming. They got what they deserved. To which I say, we all have it coming. But did an intoxicated Johnnie Kamahi Warren deserve to be tasered twice, and be declared dead on arrival at the hospital because he got in a bar fight?
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