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|TASER International Initiates Dialogue on Non-Lethal, Use-of-Force Policy|
Law Enforcement, Medical Professionals Academia, Community Groups Participate in Forum
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., April 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- TASER International, Inc. (Nasdaq: TASR), a market leader and manufacturer of advanced non-lethal technology announced today that it had assembled a working group of more than 240 representatives of law enforcement, academia, the medical community, community groups and several branches of the U.S. military to initiate a comprehensive, international dialogue on use-of-force policy as it relates to non-lethal weapons.
"While TASER International manufactures products for law enforcement, the company believes that questions regarding use of force and the deployment of non-lethal weapons are best decided by law enforcement and the communities in which they are used," said Dave DuBay, Chief Strategy Officer for TASER International. "Accordingly, we have assembled law enforcement officers, administrators, policy makers and chiefs or sheriffs from more than 132 agencies in 41 states and 13 countries to discuss this topic."
A formal review and analysis of this discussion will be issued by the John Jay School of Criminal Justice, at the City University of New York in the coming weeks. The final product will be the opinions and viewpoints of the participants of the forum and not TASER International.
"Protecting civil liberties and strong, effective law enforcement are not incompatible," said Scott Greenwood, former long, term, general counsel, ACLU of Ohio and ACLU national board member. "When used properly, by well-trained officers, non-lethal weapons such as TASER devices can be an important tool in reducing injuries to both citizens and officers while preventing unnecessary deaths."
"The key in considering a use-of-force policy is to build in adequate and reoccurring training on all uses-of-force. It is critical as communities look at these important issues that they maintain a focus on reducing injuries and saving lives," continued Greenwood.
For an unedited copy of Monday's announcement, please visit www.TASER.com
About TASER International, Inc.
TASER International, Inc. provides advanced non-lethal devices for use in the law enforcement, military, private security and personal defense markets. TASER devices use proprietary technology to safely incapacitate dangerous, combative or high-risk subjects who pose a risk to law enforcement officers, innocent citizens or themselves. TASER technology saves lives every day, and the use of TASER devices dramatically reduces injury rates for police officers and suspects and reduces litigation costs. For more information on TASER life-saving technology, please call TASER International at (800) 978-2737 or visit our website at www.TASER.com.
Note to Investors
This press release contains forward-looking information within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of the 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and is subject to the safe harbor created by those sections. The forward-looking information is based upon current information and expectations regarding TASER International. These estimates and statements speak only as of the date on which they are made, are not guarantees of future performance, and involve certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual outcomes and results could materially differ from what is expressed, implied, or forecasted in such forward-looking statements.
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 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.
The statements made herein are independent statements of TASER International. The inclusion of any third parties does not represent an endorsement of any TASER International products or services by any such third parties.
For further information contact Steve Tuttle, Vice President of Communications. Visit the company's web-site at www.TASER.com for facts and video.
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CONTACT: Steve Tuttle, Vice President of Communications of TASER International, Inc., Media ONLY Hotline, +1-480-444-4000/