SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Nov 28, 2007 (PrimeNewswire via COMTEX News Network) -- TASER International, Inc. (Nasdaq:TASR), a market leader in advanced electronic control devices (ECDs), issued the following statement:
The recent one-line statement on the TASER(r) X26 by the UN Committee Against Torture in a broad review of the arrest and detention procedures of Portugal is out of touch with the reality that confronts law enforcement officers every day worldwide.
The UN Committee based its statement on the fact that a TASER device provokes "extreme pain." By invoking such a strict definition, each and every tool available to law enforcement officers worldwide to end a use-of-force confrontation, including pepper sprays, batons, and even fists, could then constitute a form of torture.
Further, the UN Committee states that it relied on "several reliable studies and certain cases" to conclude TASER devices "could also cause death"; yet no references are provided by the Committee and TASER International knows of no such studies. To date, every human study and court case involving TASER devices contradicts this conclusion.
In May 2006, the United States government in an oral response to a direct question on TASER devices from this same Committee stated, "The use of TASERs to control arrestees and inmates is consistent with the law. Courts have reviewed the application of such devices for consistency with the Eighth Amendment's 'prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment,' and have upheld their legality." The Committee does not appear to have taken these comments and others by the United States into consideration.
"TASER devices have saved thousands of lives worldwide and dramatically reduce injuries of officers and suspects in every community they are deployed," stated Tom Smith, Chairman and Founder of TASER International. "We would hope that the United National Committee Against Torture, as well as human rights group around the globe, would embrace our revolutionary technology and choose to work with us in our efforts to reduce violence and protect life. Simply issuing baseless and factually incorrect statements will not end violence or torture and may only serve to weaken efforts intended to protect life."
* TASER provides the minimum pain and maximum accountability of
any use-of-force tool.
o TASER has the shortest discomfort period (immediate recovery
versus 30 minutes to an hour for pepper spray, days to weeks
for contusions/broken bones, lifetime for serious injuries
and bullet wounds.
o Only TASER has technology that provides accountability for
use (dataport system that records time/date of every
activation and the TASER CAM audio/visual recording system).
* Over a half a million police officers have experienced TASER
exposures as part of their certification and training.
* While initial media reports assume TASER ECD as the cause of
death, TASER has been cleared in every case in Canada to date,
and has prevailed in court in every case brought against the
company in the U.S. The facts have consistently shown that
TASER technology is not the cause of death.
* There have been over 5,600 arrest related deaths in the U.S.
since 2000. TASER ECDs were used in less than 5% of these
* A recent study conducted at the Wake Forest University Baptist
Medical Center found that in 1000 incidents, 99.7 percent of
those subjected to a TASER device had only mild injuries such
as scrapes and bruises, or no injuries at all.
* Human medical studies on hundreds of human volunteers have found
no adverse medical consequences.
* Law enforcement officers are 68 times more likely to be injured
by fists, kicks, and other unarmed attacks than by subjects armed
with firearms. This statistic clearly demonstrates that unarmed
individuals can and do pose significant threats to law
* A 2005 FBI Unified Crime Reports indicates that 13,394 police
were injured by attacks from unarmed people vs. 195 injured by
people with firearms:
* Police agencies deploying TASER report up to 80% reductions in
suspect injury rates -- TASER devices provide safety means to
incapacitate violent subjects.
* When law enforcement officer go "hands-on" with a suspect, the
firearm on the officer's belt is introduced into the
About TASER International, Inc.
TASER International's products protect life. TASER provides advanced Electronic Control Devices (ECDs) for use in the law enforcement, medical, military, corrections, professional security, and personal protection markets. TASER devices use proprietary technology to incapacitate dangerous, combative, or high-risk subjects who pose a risk to law enforcement officers, innocent citizens, or themselves in a manner that is generally recognized as a safer alternative to other uses of force.
For more information please call TASER International at (800) 978-2737 or visit our website at www.TASER.com.
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