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Friday, April 27, 2007

Baltimore PD Getting Creative; Bullets No Longer the Only Way to Kill Citizens

Another Taser death. From the Sun:

When a Baltimore police officer used a Taser this week to stop a 41-year-old woman, her death became the region's second fatality related to the stun gun this year - underscoring the dilemma police officers face as they try to avoid using deadly force.
Wait...Aren't they, at least in the cases where the victim dies, using deadly force with the Taser guns? I understand the intent might not be there in the same way it would be firing a gun at someone, but still, for the people who are dead, that distinction means very little.

I think I would trust the cops with whistles. And a flashlight. Maybe pepper spray. Which brings up a good point. How effective is pepper spray. I'll grant this to cops; it has to be a hoot to taser someone, and pepper spray is kind of a downer in comparison no doubt. But, has anyone ever been killed by pepper spray? Full article here.

Oh yeah, this is a no-brainer, but of course this most recent case all took place during a "drug investigation."
The circumstances of Peterson's death Tuesday night are under investigation. Police say the officer - 10-year veteran Irving Hinkson - shot Peterson with a stun gun after she began assaulting him during a drug investigation.

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