Taser – Is It Truly Non-Deadly Force?

Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, P.A. announces that Kevin Hayslett will be discussing taser deaths on the 6 O’Clock News on Channel 10 this evening. He is interviewed by Eric Glasser of WTSP. Kevin will be discussing the new study indicating that tasers can cause cardiac arrest. A New York Times article states, The electrical shock delivered to the chest by a Taser can lead to cardiac arrest and sudden death, according to a new study, although it is unknown how frequently such deaths occur.

The study, which analyzed detailed records from the cases of eight people who went into cardiac arrest after receiving shocks from a Taser X26 fired at a distance, is likely to add to the debate about the safety of the weapons. Seven of the people in the study died; one survived.

Is it truly non-deadly force? Kevin discusses these findings and the fact that a taser can cause Ventricular fibrillation. ThisĀ  is a heart rhythm problem that occurs when the heart beats with rapid, erratic electrical impulses. The chambers in your heart (the ventricles) begin to quiver uselessly, instead of pumping blood. During ventricular fibrillation, your blood pressure plummets, cutting off blood supply to your vital organs.

Kevin further discusses the circumstances surrounding the death a police officer, who, during his training with a taser, died of a heart attack.

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