Conducted Energy Weapons: An Ongoing Debate

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The use of the Conducted Energy Weapon (CEW) has been a subject under heavy debate throughout its history. A Conducted Energy Weapon is a device that works by “incapacitating volitional control of the body” (White & Ready, 2009), thus rendering the target unable to resist arrest. The TASER® in particular is the most widely used CEW. An article on the RCMP website states that CEW’s were adopted as another means to obtain compliance from resistant or harmful subjects when the police must arrest them. These tools allow police at these times to protect the public, and the subjects themselves from being harmed. Despite their effectiveness however, CEW’s have been under heavy scrutiny for a number of reasons. CEW’s have been known to cause fatalities especially due to overuse on subjects, as well as use on subjects with physical or mental disabilities. A study has also been done by Oriola, Neverson, and Adeyanju (2012) to show that people from certain classes were more likely to be targeted than others. This shows that police discrimination is another negative impact of CEW use. Finally, based upon the extensive training given to police officers, there are other alternatives that can be safer and less controversial than the use of CEW’s. Based upon these reasons, CEW use should be halted, or put under much tighter restrictions to prevent any further fatalities or cases of misuse.

On October 14, 2007, Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski was tased multiple times at the Vancouver International Airport, resulting in his death. This event of police brutality was captured on video and released to the public, causing significant international coverage and outrage. There have been 26 Taser-related fatalities in Canada thus far. These fatalities provide concrete evidence that Conducted Energy Weapons have potential to be far more dangerous than police claim for them to be. A study done by Terrill and Paoline III (2012) shows that the use of tasers over another form of force “most often resulted in an elevated risk of citizen injury”. Multiple other studies have suggested that CEW targets with preexisting health problems (specifically heart diseases), as well as those under the influence of drugs are a special concern to consider when looking at Taser use (Oriola et al. 2012). A study examined by The New York Times shows a positive correlation between Taser use and cardiac arrest, stating that these devices have the potential to cause irregular heart rhythms especially if fired at the chest. In the case of Robert Dziekanski, a Taser was applied to his body five times causing him to go into cardiac arrest. In many cases of Taser-related fatalities in Canada, these devices were fired more than once. This suggests that the officers using the Tasers might be considered more reliable for the fatalities than the Tasers themselves. Based on the combination of physiological effects of the Taser and the frequency of overuse, their usage should...

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