ID 147
Title The Stunning Controversy
Broadcast 2011-01-05 00:00:00
Network Radio 4
Presenter Mark Whitaker
Producer Mark Whitaker
Precis Mark Whitaker reports from California and Arizona on why so many Americans die after being shot by allegedly "safe" police stun guns. Is the weapon to blame or do the deaths result from other factors?

Their formal title is "conducted-energy devices" but, to the public, they are stun-guns or Tasers, named after Taser International of Arizona, the largest manufacturer of the weapon.

Some 11,000 law-enforcement agencies in the United States use them and there is evidence that they reduce the need for police officers to use lethal force. But, there is an intensifying debate about whether they are really as safe as claimed.

The programme is written and produced by Mark Whitaker.

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Txtime 1899-12-30 21:00:00
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Description Mark Whitaker reports from California and Arizona on why so many Americans die after being shot by allegedly "safe" police stun guns. Is the weapon to blame or do the deaths result from other factors?

Their formal title is "conducted-energy devices" but, to the public, they are stun-guns or Tasers, named after Taser International of Arizona, the largest manufacturer of the weapon.

Some 11,000 law-enforcement agencies in the United States use them and there is evidence that they reduce the need for police officers to use lethal force. But, there is an intensifying debate about whether they are really as safe as claimed.

The programme is written and produced by Mark Whitaker.

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