This is How a Taser is Supposed to Work

It sometimes seems as though the Taser falls short of its promise.

Invented and marketed as a revolutionary device that would safely and instantly incapacitate the most resistive or combative subject, the Taser works by firing two small barbed darts intended to puncture the skin and remain attached to the target. The darts are connected to the main unit by thin insulated copper wire and deliver electric current to disrupt voluntary control of muscles — when everything goes right causing “neuromuscular incapacitation.”

The primary issue, of course, is that everything depends on connectivity of the darts. Without a good connection, the effects may only be localized pain. And many things can interfere (heavy clothing being the most common).

Jack Cover, the inventor of the Taser, named the device after a book featuring his childhood hero, Tom Swift — Tom Swift and His Electric Rifle. Cover’s original “Taser Public Defender” used gunpowder as its propellant, which led the ATF to classify it as a firearm in 1976. (Current Taser darts are propelled by small compressed nitrogen charges.)

According to a 2010 study by the DOJ over 15,000 law enforcement and military agencies around the world use Tasers as part of their use of force continuum. A study of use-of-force incidents by the Calgary Police Service conducted by the Canadian Police Research Centre found that the use of Tasers resulted in fewer injuries than the use of batons or empty hand techniques. Use of Tasers by the Seattle Police Department has been shown to reduce the odds of suspect injury by 48%, and data gathered from other agencies confirm a similar percentage decline in suspect injuries due to Taser deployment. Officer injuries have been impacted by Taser use as well — studies have found that in most agencies officer injuries were greatly reduced after Tasers were introduced as part of each particular organizations use of force continuum.

Although vast amounts of data support the positive benefits of Taser usage in law enforcement, there are also data which suggest that Taser usage has negatively impacted some individual police officers as well. The above-referenced study conducted in 2010 by the United States Department of Justice found that some officers may rely too heavily upon deploying a Taser during suspect encounters. The study refers to this negative trait in some police officers as “lazy cop” syndrome.


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46 thoughts on “This is How a Taser is Supposed to Work

  1. I like how Marco's tough guy act doesn't get him anywhere for as much energy as he puts into it. For the tough guy he thinks he is, he walks around much of the time with no pants on. He gets tazed by the cops, gets shoved into a police car, has to have his pants pulled up by the cops, and refuses to pee. What did he think was going to happen? No matter how deep in trouble he got, he still played the tough guy and ended up making things worse for himself. His own family told him to be quiet and he refused to listen and look what he got out of it: a trip to a police station with a toilet he refuses to use OUT OF SPITE. It's like the Black Knight in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. After all his limbs were cut off because of how "tough" he was, all that was left in the end was a torso with a head yelling back as King Arthur goes away.

  2. to carry a comb around like that, especially when prone to police controls thanks to some gang affiliation and mental issues, is as smart as traveling around with a hairdryer that looks like a gun with a charger that you need to plug in like an ammo pack. Marco got lucky , could have turned incredibly sad – and just for shouting around drunk.

  3. Omg…..hats off to the shyt these poor cops have to deal with. God bless em. They have no choice when people DON'T COMPLY!! and then the cops get a bad name…. it's getting more ridiculous, especially now in 2020 🙄🙄🙄🙄

  4. Why is it so hard for people to listen to the police? They have to know what is going to happen dont they? Or are they really that stupid? Yep this guy is a huge idiot, low IQ moron

  5. And people wonder why cops are such assholes sometimes. They have to deal with a lot of stupid ass people. Why not just get on the ground. The situation would go a lot faster and smoother. They see some crazy ass shit.

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