Electroshock Weapons: Tasers and Stun Guns

Criminal Justice
ACLU Case No. 2003-19


In letters and advocacy outside the courtroom, the ACLU of Colorado has raised issues about law enforcement's increasing use of electroshock weapons such as tasers and stun guns. The ACLU has questioned whether the proponents' claims that the weapons are nonlethal are sufficiently trustworthy to justify use-of-force policies that authorize police to use the weapons in situations where there is no threat to the safety of law enforcement officers or civilians. The ACLU has also raised concerns about increasingly-common reports that law enforcement officers have been using electroshock weapons abusively, such as shocking suspects who have already been handcuffed or otherwise restrained.


Mark Silverstein , ACLU of Colorado Legal Director

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