|Two-Year Study by Canadian Police Research Centre Finds TASER Devices a Safer Use of Force|
Thursday July 31, 7:30 am ET
Belief That TASER ECDs Carry 'a Significant Risk of Injury or Death... is Not Supported by the Data'
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., July 31, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- TASER International, Inc. (Nasdaq:TASR), a market leader in advanced electronic control devices (ECDs) issued the following NEWS ALERT:
According to an article in the July 30, 2008 edition of the Calgary Herald, a two-year study by the Canadian Police Research Centre found that TASER(r) Electronic Control Devises (ECDs) ``scored high'' in safety for both suspects and officers in Calgary. The 14-page report examined 562 cases in which Calgary police used TASER ECDs, pepper spray, batons, unarmed techniques, and choke holds against people resisting arrest. Of those cases studied, nearly half were detained with a TASER device and one percent of those suspects resisting arrest ended up hospitalized and 87 percent sustained either minor injuries or no injuries, according to the report.
According to the article, the study stated, ``the commonly held belief'' that TASER ECDs carry ``a significant risk of injury or death... is not supported by the data.'' The study as stated that TASER devices are, ``less injurious than either the baton or empty-hand physical control.''
The complete story is available at: canada.com.