Taser Safety

SEATTLE (AP) -- New medical research shows tasers and similar stun guns, popular among law enforcement agencies nationwide, are generally safe to use.

An emergency medical specialist at Wake Forest University in North Carolina reviewed 962 taser cases in six locations. Nearly all resulted in no injuries or minor ones, such as scrapes and bruises.

But Dr. William Bozeman also cautions: "These are serious weapons. They absolutely have the potential to injure or kill people."

Taser use by police drew national attention recently after video circulated of police shocking a university student in Florida after he persistently questioned Senator John Kerry during a forum and refused to yield the microphone.

The research was presented at a meeting of the American College of Emergency Physicians in Seattle.

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