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r and suspect injuries and deaths due to police use of force. However, the devices have been surrounded with controversy.

This is the largest independent study to date, and the first to detail the medical effects of Tasers under real-world conditions, said Bozeman. With physician review of 100 percent of Taser uses, this study promises to give us the best information yet on the medical risks of these weapons.

Bozeman said results from previous studies were limited by the use of animal models and of healthy police volunteers in training settings, not criminal suspects in real-world conditions.

The Taser is a weapon and it can clearly cause injuries and even deaths in some cases, Bozeman said. The question is how likely is it to cause a significant injury and whether that risk of injury outweighs the benefits it brings.


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