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Study Finds Another Reason to Be Wary of Tasers

They could lead to false confessions, researchers say

(Newser) - People have died after being Tased , and now a new study finds another reason to be wary of Tasers: The weapons may lead to false confessions. Criminology researchers actually found 142 people willing to be Tased—most of them were college students, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports—and then used... More »

FBI: We're Going to Start Counting Deaths by Cop Better

New system will list deadly encounters by gun, Taser, physical force

(Newser) - The FBI is finally on the case: The agency is revamping its data-collection system to more accurately portray how many deaths come at the hands of police officers each year, the Guardian reports, giving itself a pat on the back as part of the impetus behind the initiative. Officials say... More »

Mo. Teen in Coma After Cop Uses Stun Gun

FBI is launching an investigation

(Newser) - The 17-year-old son of a veteran police officer was rushed to the hospital Sunday after a cop used a stun gun while arresting him during a traffic stop in Independence, Mo. Both the FBI and Independence Police Department have launched investigations while Bryce Masters' family holds vigil at an intensive... More »

Woman Busted Thanks to 'ZOMBIE' License Plate

You're not too hard to find when you're cruising in a car advertising the undead

(Newser) - One Pennsylvania woman's apparent affection for the undead has led to some unforeseen consequences. Yardley Joy Frantz allegedly ran into a man and his nephew with her car around 7pm on Friday. When the man's son came to help and confronted her, she reportedly zapped him with a... More »

School Expels Bullied Kid Who Brought Stun Gun

Darnell Young will miss rest of junior year, first semester of senior year

(Newser) - The gay teen who brought a stun gun to school to defend himself against bullies—then fired said gun into the air—is paying the piper: Arsenal Tech High School has expelled Darnell "Dynasty" Young, who now won't be allowed to finish his junior year, and will miss... More »

Mom Sends Bullied Gay Son to School With Stun Gun

Chelisa Grimes says teachers didn't help Darnell 'Dynasty' Young

(Newser) - Chelisa Grimes was tired of her son, 17-year-old Darnell "Dynasty" Young, being bullied at school—so she sent the gay teen to class with a stun gun. "What is a parent to do when she has done everything that she felt she was supposed to do ... at the... More »

Stun Gun Found on JetBlue Plane

No word yet on how it got past TSA on flight from Boston to Newark

(Newser) - More bad press for the TSA? Possibly: A stun gun somehow made it onto a JetBlue flight from Boston to Newark last Friday, the Star-Ledger reports. The crew found the weapon tucked into a seat back as the plane was being cleaned after a late-night flight. A Port Authority spokesperson... More »

Garrido Used Stun Gun Before Raping Jaycee

She could hear terrifying 'zappy noise' as he approached

(Newser) - Phillip Garrido used a stun gun to kidnap 11-year-old Jaycee Dugard and to keep her in line while he raped her, according to Jaycee's just released gut-wrenching grand jury testimony. Garrido had a temper, and he would fire up the stun gun so Dugard could hear the "zappy... More »

Alaska Bans Tasering Wildlife

State seeks to prevent 'catch and release' hunting

(Newser) - It's not clear whether Alaskan hunters have actually been using Tasers on grizzly bears or bull moose, but the state's Board of Game has outlawed the practice anyway. Officials describe the ban on hunters using stun guns on wildlife as a "proactive measure" intended to prevent "... More »

Denied Mustard, Wendy's Diner Pulls Stun Gun

Takeout order didn't include mayo, either

(Newser) - A Florida woman threatened Wendy's employees with a stun gun after they left the mustard and mayonnaise packets she requested out of her order. After getting the condiments, the customer allegedly slapped an employee through the drive-through window, WFTV Orlando reports . She then got the taser from her car and... More »

Debbie Rowe, Worried About Jackson Kids, 'Will Take Steps'

Michael Jackson's ex wants to ensure safety of Blanket, Paris, Prince

(Newser) - Debbie Rowe hasn’t seen her children since the death of their father, Michael Jackson—but the recent stun gun news might bring her back into their lives. “Of course I’m worried” about Blanket, she tells TMZ , even though he’s not one of her kids. One of... More »

Lawyer: Jackson Kids Not Threatened With Stun Gun

Grandma, guard confiscated weapon from 13-year-old cousin

(Newser) - None of Michael Jackson's kids were threatened with a stun gun by one of their cousins, an attorney is insisting, even though child welfare officials are continuing to investigate. A guard stopped a stun-gun attack on Blanket by cousin Jaafar at the Los Angeles home of Katherine Jackson, Michael's mom,... More »

Jackson Cousins Tried to Use Stun Gun on Blanket

Jermaine's son apparently had Michael's son in his sights

(Newser) - A bizarre story emerges from the Jackson family home: Some of the grandkids got their hands on at least one stun gun and tried to use it on Michael's youngest son, Blanket. It's not clear whether it was horse play or whether Blanket was injured, but the incident prompted a... More »

Taser Tells Cops: Don't Aim at Chest

Company cites 'extremely low risk' but insists stun gun is safe

(Newser) - Stun gun maker Taser has issued an advisory to police departments suggesting cops not aim at a suspect’s chest because it poses an "extremely low" chance of triggering an "adverse cardiac event." The company insists its product is safe, but if something goes wrong, "it... More »

The Taser Party: Chicks Dig It

Self-defense-minded women seek something a little more shocking

(Newser) - At-home female entrepreneurs are ditching Mary Kay for Tasers, but they're keeping the pink. Taser International is marketing its user-friendly C2 "personal protector" to the public, and women with an interest in self-defense are holding independent Taser parties in states where the stun gun is legal. "It's a... More »

Man Dies After Police Zap Him With Taser

Deputy was trying to break up four-person fight; dead man was only 20

(Newser) - A 20-year-old man died yesterday after Maryland police shocked him with a Taser during a confrontation with a sheriff's deputy, according to police. Deputies responded to a call to find four people fighting. Police used a Taser on one of the men, who fell unconscious and was later pronounced dead... More »

Police Who Tasered Student Placed on Leave

University prez calls incident at political forum 'regretful'

(Newser) - Two University of Florida police officers who used a stun gun on a 21-year-old student at a campus forum with John Kerry have been placed on paid leave pending an investigation, CNN reports. Disturbing video of the incident, in which the student pleaded with police not to taser him, has... More »

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