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New Research Report Clears CEWs of Another Alleged Danger

In our last article, we reported new research findings that refute the claim by some plaintiffs’ attorneys that an officer putting a knee on the back of a prone suspect can cause fatal “restraint asphyxia.” Now a different research team, headed by the same scientist, is challenging another allegation sometimes raised by police critics: that...
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Rumored Risk Of CEWs Put To Rest (No, They Don’t Cause ExDS)

Some researchers have speculated that shocks from conducted energy weapons may induce excited delirium in resistant arrestees. But a new study serves to debunk that rumored risk. The speculation has centered on serotonin, an important chemical and neurotransmitter in the human body. Abnormally high levels of serotonin can be life-threatening, while producing some of the...
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CEW Darts In The Eye: First Thorough Study Documents Risk

In the first study of its kind, a research team has comprehensively documented the risk of barbed darts from conducted electrical weapons penetrating the eyes of suspects. While certainly cringe-inducing, the risk, in fact, is small: only 1 in every 123,000 CEW discharges in the field results in eye injury, the study reports. But the...
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Appeals Court Issues Guidelines For Use Of Force In Non-Criminal Emergencies

Facing a medical emergency and a use-of-force dilemma, did this sheriff’s deputy do the right thing? The deputy, working road patrol for the Oakland County (MI) SO, responded one June afternoon to a call at a residence near Detroit where four paramedics were struggling to help a man overcome a life-threatening diabetic crisis. According to...
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Electronic Control Likely Best Option For Excited Delirium, Docs Say

Important practical takeaways for officers on how best to deal with subjects in the throes of excited delirium are included in a recently published book on forensic medicine—and well worth roll call review, considering that these volatile encounters are expected to increase in the days ahead. The recommendations stress the critical importance of getting highly...
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New Study Explores Risk Of Death From CEW-Induced Falls

A new study of fatalities associated with controlled electrical weapons (CEWs) finds that falls producing traumatic brain injury are by far the greatest mortality risk to suspects from these control devices. But even that risk is miniscule. Out of some 3,000,000 field uses, a research team could document only 16 cases in which fatal brain...
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New Study Sparks Debate Over Tasing, Brain Function, & Miranda

Does the shock from a conducted energy weapon impair a suspect’s brain function to the point that he or she may not properly respond to a Miranda warning? A CJ research team raises that question in reporting new findings that a person’s cognition suffers significantly for a short period after a CEW exposure. Their evidence...
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New Study Reveals Facts Of Police-Related Deaths Of Unarmed Subjects

A new study of unarmed individuals who have died this year in confrontations with police reveals illuminating details typically surrounding these events and tends to refute the activist narrative that trigger-happy officers with deadly intent are rampantly targeting black males. After analyzing 125 cases that could be found in which unarmed civilians in the US...
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From Research To Court: Update On Conducted Electrical Weapons

Research studies and courtroom decisions continue to explore what’s practiced, what’s effective, and what’s legal so far as police use of CEWs is concerned. Here’s a roundup of some of the most recent developments. TASER vs. OC: And the winner is… In real-life confrontations, TASERs are effective in incapacitating actively resistant suspects over 90% of...
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Success Story: Cops 2, Plaintiffs 0 In Excessive Force Lawsuits

Part of a periodic series Sgt. Thomas Ovens, an officer in the state of Washington, had scarcely hung up his diploma from the Force Science Certification Course when, in quick succession, he was called on to help defend two major lawsuits against police. In one case, officers with a large department in Eastern Washington shot...
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