John W Whitehead - News Report - CNN online - Mail online - Victims -
The use of non-lethal weapons such as tasers and LEDIs may not necessarily reduce the number of civilian casualties, they have been largely accepted as the humane alternative to deadly force because they make the use of force appear far less dramatic and violent than it has in the past.
Contrast, for instance, the image of police officers beating Rodney King with billy clubs as opposed to police officers continually shocking a person with a taser. Both are severe forms of abuse. However, because the act of pushing a button is far less dramatic and visually arresting than swinging a billy club, it can come across as much more humane to the general public. This, of course, draws much less media coverage and, thus, less bad public relations for the police. John W Whitehead, A Government of Wolves: The Emerging Police State
A handcuffed nine-year-old girl subdued with a taser ... is among a growing group of toddlers and youngsters the device has been used on nationally ... Records kept by Taser International of Scotsdale show that as of six months ago two one-year-olds, one two-year-old, two three-year-olds, two four-year-olds, one five-year-old, one six-year old, one seven-year-old, were hit with tasers. News report cited Alex Jones
Police review policy after Taser used on kids. CNN online article 15th November 2004
Now police are told they can use Taser guns on children. Mail online article Jason Lewis 2nd September 2007
It felt like I couldn’t breathe; they did mess up, obviously they did, because I’m underage and all I did was skip school, which is something everyone has done, and I know that for a fact. 12-year-old taser victim, viz Mahalo online: Tasered Children