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An Incident-Level Profile of Taser Device Deployments in Arrest-Related Deaths

Michael D. White, Justin Ready, Courtney Riggs, Donald M. Dawes, Andrew Hinz and Jeffrey D. Ho

While a considerable body of research has investigated the physiological risks associated with the TASER device, much less research attention has been devoted to examining the nearly 400 police–citizen encounters in which a suspect has died after the device was used. As a result, there are numerous unanswered questions regarding officer, suspect, and incident-level characteristics of these arrest-related deaths (ARDs), as well as the extent to which patterns in these characteristics may have changed over time...

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