USA: Amnesty International's continuing concerns about taser use

USA: Amnesty International's continuing concerns about taser use

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Index Number: AMR 51/030/2006
Date Published: 27 March 2006
Categories: Americas, USA

In this report Amnesty International expresses it continuing concern that the use of tasers by law enforcement agencies in the USA is leading to the deaths of suspects and reiterates its call for the use tasers to be suspended pending an inquiry into their use. Amnesty International is also concerned that tasers continue to be used as a routine force tool and that vulnerable groups are subjected to electric shocks from tasers. Amnesty International believes that taser use in these cases constitutes excessive force and that use of tasers has amounted to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, and torture.


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