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Now cops can taser a crowd (and themselves!:)

Written by Schizo America on November 14, 2008 – 12:06 am -

Taser International came out with a new product, The Shockwave,
which can spray tasers over a crowd, hitting individuals all at once.  Amnesty
International started tracking in 2001, and have counted 320 deaths by
cop taser, and 90% of those deaths were unarmed individuals.

With
the push of a button at a stand-off distance of up to 100 meter, the
Shockwave unit deploys multiple standard TASER cartridges that are
oriented across an area arc. Full area coverage is provided to instantaneously incapacitate multiple personnel within that region.

The TASER® ShockwaveTM system
is the first generation of new TASER Remote Area Denial (TRAD)
technology. Shockwave devices integrate TASER’s field-proven Neuro
Muscular Incapacitation (NMI) technology into the first anti-personnel
area-target system capable of not only denying personnel, but also
incapacitating personnel with reversible effects.

I’m not feeling safer.  According to an Amnesty International blog by Dalia Hashad, marketing of this new Taser system to police is going to further frighten Americans from dissenting.

Aside from
taser’s questionable track record, the frightening trend in police
crackdowns on dissent should make us particularly wary of the latest in
taser technology.  Forget disastrous preventative detentions at the RNC
and tear gas at WTO protests.  There is something new for protestors. 
Here is what Taser International has to say about it:  With the
push of a button at a stand-off distance of up to 100 meters, the
Shockwave unit deploys multiple standard TASER® cartridges that are
oriented across an area arc. Full area coverage is provided to
instantaneously incapacitate multiple personnel within that region.

Development of weapons
that allow police to tase en mass is not good news.  This flies in the
face of good law enforcement.  Police shouldn’t be shocking entire
crowds.  Given the problems with tasers, especially among vulnerable
groups like the mentally ill, police need to assess the appropriateness
of taser use on particular individuals and should only elect to use the
taser in dire circumstances when lesser alternatives aren’t available.

Coming off of years of
crushing police responses to dissent, giving departments the technology
to take down multiple people with just one pull of a trigger is a
dangerous idea.  I wonder what the chilling effect will be on public
dissent.  Would you be willing to go to a protest knowing that police
on the scene were armed with Taser Shockwave?  I wouldn’t bring my
daughter, which means that I might have to stay home.  Maybe that’s the
point.

I believe that Obama’s win shows America’s desire to get back to an
interactive democracy.  This crazy apparatus should not be part of
community policing.

Here’s the perfect video of the stupidity of Tasers, from FAILBlog.  Notice the cop who tases himself is tasing someone who is MOTIONLESS, ON THE GROUND!

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