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The police and Tasers

November 21, 2012
By George J. Bryjak

One of the more controversial weapons in the law-enforcement arsenal - especially as they relate to the excessive use of force - Tasers were first employed by the Los Angeles Police Department in 1974. These pistol-shaped weapons use compressed nitrogen gas to fire twin darts up to 21 feet that can penetrate 2 inches of clothing. Electricity is then conducted through the wires that connect the darts to the gun.

 
 
 

 

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