The History of the Taser Shows Tech Can’t Fix Policing

Nithin CocaMar 14

Fifty years after development began, the supposedly nonlethal Taser has failed to reduce the use of firearms by police

You hear a click, like the sound of a pencil being snapped. That click — and the searing pain that accompanies it — are nearly instantaneous, but your mind tricks you into thinking that there’s a distinct period between them.

When a Taser shock hits you, no matter how much you expect it, it comes as a surprise — a literal shock, like a baseball bat swung hard and squarely into the small of your back.

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