The use of tasers by police has increased over the past few years. In England and Wales during the first 6 months of 2014 tasers were fired over 5000 times.10 Predictably the growth of taser usage is of course coupled with a growing controversy. One side proposes that tasers are non-lethal, less-lethal or sub-lethal in comparison to a multitude of other technologies that are utilised by police.5 However it would be difficult to deny that the use of tasers do occasionally lead to serious injury or death.
In 2013 Israel Hernandez-Llach, a young graffiti artist from Miami died after he was caught and tased in the chest by police after running away from the scene.6 And just recently on the 8th of august, Troy Robinson, a black man in Atlanta died because he was tased while Robinson attempted to scale a wall resulting in him falling and hitting his head.1 These fatalities are in some way linked to taser usage. Although in the case of Troy Robinson, his death wasn’t directly caused by being tased. And in many ways the tasing of both people was justified since both had ran away from police arrest. In fact, the Miami officer who fired the taser at Hernandez-Llach’s was just ruled as not responsible because it was an unforeseeable accident,5 since not all shocks to the chest area is fatal.4