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Monday, January 30, 2006

Stunned to death by a life-saving Taser?

Karl_marshall_died_in_police_custody_croThe death of Karl W. Marshall was the first time that someone in Kansas City police custody died after Taser use.
In other cases like this around the country, the death has been attributed to drug use or other causes - not the Taser. And the Taser maker, which says its product saves lives, fights critics.
But some police departments have amended their Taser-use policies after incidents. And Marshall's death promises to bring police Taser use here under scrutiny.

Police statement 9:09 p.m. Sunday

Star story today

News stories in Nexis, "taser and police and death", past 90 days: 665.

Growing list of links:
Video of cop being Taser'ed in training
Georgia sheriff revises Taser policy after a death
'If they point a Taser at you, you better listen'
Jury rejects Arizona deputy's lawsuit against Tasers
Palm Beach Post study of 1,000 Taser uses by police
KC cops Taser man, still get shot at, feds say

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