TASER usage and neurological sequelae

Article · July 2008with45 Reads
DOI: 10.1016/j.jemermed.2007.11.085 · Source: PubMed
  • ...Only two studies have considered the neuropsychological effects of TASER exposure. Given the methodological limitations of those studies (small convenience samples of police officers ), the inconsistent findings regarding potential impact on cognitive functioning, and the widespread use of the TASER by police, the absence of research in this area is troubling (Lim and Seet, 2009). This knowledge gap raises concerns for the questioning of suspects who have received a TASER exposure, as it is unknown whether the device impairs a person's cognitive functioning and, if so, whether that impairment may be severe enough to threaten the voluntary, knowing, and intelligent requirements for a valid Miranda waiver. ...
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  • ...The impact of the TASER on the brain has not been sufficiently investigated. Despite the low level of energy generated by the TASER (approximately 0.08 J), questions have emerged regarding the potential effects of the TASER on cognitive functioning, as well as how the device may affect the brain (Lim & Seet, 2009; U.S. v. Mack, No. 07-238 2009; U.S. v. Chancellor, S.D. Fla 2008). Some researchers have questioned why 'neurological sequelae have not been more frequently reported', concluding that 'the potential for permanent neurological damage is a cause for concern, considering the widespread use of the TASER' ( ...
  • ...Relevance of the electrical injury literature for police use of CEDs To date, no identified study has empirically examined whether the TASER may cause changes in cognitive functioning. Given the emersion of the TASER in policing, the absence of research in this area is troubling (Lim and Seet 2009). This knowledge gap raises serious concerns for the questioning of suspects who have received a TASER exposure, as it is unclear if the device affects a person's ability to voluntarily, knowingly , and intelligently waive their Miranda rights. ...