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SPAM: Tasers a form of torture, says UN 5

Journal by Jeremiah Cornelius

"The use of" Tasers "causes acute pain, constituting a form of torture," the UN's Committee against Torture said, "In certain cases, they can even cause death, as has been shown by reliable studies and recent real-life events." Three men - all in their early 20s - died from Tasers in the United States this week, days after a Polish man died at Vancouver airport after being Tasered by Canadian police. There have also been three deaths in Canada after the use of Tasers in the past five weeks.

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Tasers a form of torture, says UN

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  • Why do you think they call it "pain compliance"?

    Obviously it isn't because it is "humane" or "civil" or "necessary" it is merely an option by which to extract "compliance".

    Half Life 2 had these guys, they were called C.P.'s ... aka Civil Protection, they kicked people's doors in and sequestered "undesirables" (who were just about everybody outside of C.P. rosters.

    Good game really, it paints the exact picture, in their future dystopia to exactly what is in the oven and baking in our fledgeling dystopia today
  • There are of course the situations where the alternative to using a taser is to shoot the person instead...
    • by JesseL (107722)
      To elaborate on that thought; tasers can provide an alternative to shooting (and likely killing) suspects or physically subduing (and risking injury or even death to suspects and officers).

      The real problem seems to be rooted in the increasing trend among law enforcement officers to use violence to subdue non-violent suspects. There is little excuse for officers to be escalating confrontations, other than to empower a police state.
      • Certain weapons can encourage that behavior, and it does appear that tasers are one of them. I've been following the whole "non-lethal weapons" debate since the 1980s, and the probability that the apparent safety implied by the "non-lethal" aspect of the weapon might encourage its use has always been raised. The prediction appears to have been born out.

        In most of the high profile cases involving tasers, I'm surprised when I hear so many people defending the users, as I've yet to hear one high profile con

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