SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Aug. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- TASER International
(Nasdaq: TASR), a market leader in advanced non-lethal weapons responded today
to the misrepresentation of its training bulletin regarding the restraint
during TASER(TM) system application.
On June 28, TASER International issued a training bulletin to all TASER
Instructors reminding them that officers should only use the necessary amount
of force to safely gain compliance of a subject to minimize the risk of
serious injury. This statement is no different for the use of a TASER device
than for the use of any other non-lethal weapon. Our training bulletins
frequently re-emphasize critical points from our training program and are part
of our efforts to provide the best possible and most up to date training
recommendations to the officers who use our devices to save lives everyday.
"To date, there have been thousands of documented cases in which multiple
applications were not only appropriate but were absolutely critical to ensure
a safe outcome of the situation," said Tom Smith, president of TASER
International. "The bulletin never indicated that our technology has caused
death, rather the media has somehow managed to distort and misrepresent this
common-sense guideline into a sensational and misleading story that could have
serious adverse consequences on the safety of law enforcement officers and
"It is highly regrettable that this issue has been portrayed in such a
negative light. We are hopeful that the media will be held accountable and
continue its fervor in reporting this issue by documenting what we believe
will be an unfortunate rise in officer and suspect injuries and quite possibly
the unnecessary loss of life in those areas where a law enforcement agency has
been influenced to pull our life-saving technology from the streets,"
"Dozens of studies and statistics from agency after agency have shown
beyond a shadow of a doubt that an officer armed with a TASER device is far
less likely to injure or be injured than one without this life-saving tool.
We've seen far too many incidents where TASER technology has spared a human
life to waiver from our mission," concluded Smith.
For more complete information about this and other guidance issued to law
enforcement, please visit:
About TASER International, Inc.
TASER International provides advanced non-lethal devices for use in the
law enforcement, military, private security and personal defense 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. TASER technology saves lives every day,
and the use of TASER devices dramatically reduces injury rates for police
officers and suspects. For more information on TASER life-saving technology,
please call TASER International at (800) 978-2737 or visit our website at
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TASER International assumes no obligation to update the information
contained in this press release. TASER International's future results may be
impacted by risks associated with rapid technological change, new product
introductions, new technological developments and implementations, execution
issues associated with new technology, ramping manufacturing production to
meet demand, litigation results from Company filed lawsuits and other
litigation including lawsuits resulting from alleged product related injuries,
media publicity concerning allegations of deaths occurring after use of the
TASER device and the negative impact this could have on sales, product
quality, implementation of manufacturing automation, potential fluctuations in
quarterly operating results, adjustments to these amounts which may be
reflected in our 10Q filing, competition, financial and budgetary constraints
of prospects and customers, international order delays, dependence upon sole
and limited source suppliers, negative reports concerning TASER device uses,
governmental inquiries and investigations, medical and safety studies,
fluctuations in component pricing, government regulations, variation among law
enforcement agencies with their TASER product experience, TASER device tests
and reports, dependence upon key employees, and our ability to retain
employees. TASER International's future results may also be impacted by other
risk factors listed from time to time in its SEC filings, including, but not
limited to, the Company's Form 10-QSBs and its Annual Report on Form 10-KSB.
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International. The inclusion of any third parties does not represent an
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SOURCE TASER International
CONTACT: Steve Tuttle, Vice President of Communications of TASER
International, Inc., +1-480-444-4000
Web site: http://www.taser.com