Friday, November 6, 2009

Do Police Correctly Record Electric Gun Usage and Death Statistics?

Well, here are the statistics for deaths after "Taser" shocks between 2000 and 2004, according to the Seattle Post Intelligencer.

Since the number of pre-trial, extrajudicial electrocution guns in police hands has increased considerably over the five years since 2004, it's no surprise that deaths after shocking incidents has increased as well. The number of deaths identified by the Electronic Village blog in the first ten months of 2009 (45) is already greater than the 2004 total.

And yet, if there were 39 in 2004, I would have expected to find double that by this time of the year, precisely because the the number of electric guns in use has increased so much. Let's keep looking, and let's verify whether the police are reporting all of the electric gun usages and all of deaths resulting.

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