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Nyclu TaserFinal Embargoed

Nyclu TaserFinal Embargoed

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Better Regulationof Stun Gunsin New YorThe Need for
NEW YORK CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION
 Taking Tasersseriously:
 
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
 This papr was writtn by Cory Stoughton, Taylor Pndrgrass, Hln Zlon and Alia Al-Khatib.It was ditd by Mik Cummings, Hln Zlon and Jnnir Carnig.Graphics wr cratd by Sara LaPlant.It was dsignd by Li Wah Lai.
ABOUT THE NEW YORK CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION
 Th Nw York Civil Librtis Union (NYCLU) is on o th nation’s ormost dndrs o civillibrtis and civil rights. Foundd in 1951 as th Nw York aliat o th Amrican Civil LibrtisUnion, w ar a not-or-prot, nonpartisan organization with ight chaptrs and rgionalocs and narly 50,000 mmbrs across th stat.Our mission is to dnd and promot th undamntal principls and valus mbodid in thBill o Rights, th U.S. Constitution, and th Nw York Constitution, including rdom o spchand rligion, and th right to privacy, quality and du procss o law or all Nw Yorkrs.For mor inormation about th NYCLU, plas visit
www.nyclu.org
.
NEW YORK CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION
125 Broad Strt, 19th FloorNw York, NY 10004www.nyclu.org
 
 Taking Tasers seriously:
The Need for Better Regulationof Stun Guns in New York 
2011
CONTeNTS
1
Executive Summary
5
Introduction
7
 
PART I: Taser Dangers: A Growing Recognition
 Concrns about LthalityConcrns about Tasr AbusTh Courts’ Incrasingly Srious ApproachNationwid Calls or Rvaluation
17
Part II: Tasers in New York: Overuse and Dangerous Deployment
 
 Th Us o Tasrs Whr th Suspct Poss No Dangr or Risk o Injury to Anyonexcssiv Numbr and Duration o ShocksTargting o Dangrous and Snsitiv Aras o th BodyFailur to Warn Prior to th Us o a TasrOvr-Rlianc on Driv-Stun ModTargting At-Risk Populations and Using Tasrs in Dangrous SituationsTh Disproportionat Us o Tasrs on Popl o Color
27
Part III: Recommendation
Rcommndation 1Rcommndation 2Rcommndation 3
31
End Notes
 

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