HUFFINGTON POST
09/23/2010 03:00 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Taser Deaths On The Rise: Are They Cruel & Unusual? (VIDEO)

Are Tasers a good alternative to Police Departments' use of automatic weapons, or are they "cruel and unusual"?

Across the United States, over 12,000 law enforcement agencies have added Tasers to their arsenals, and with Taser deaths on the rise, CBS News has put together a video report investigating the controversy behind police use of Tasers.

Since 2004, the Houston Police Department alone has used its Tasers 2,500 times. In California, there have been 55 reported deaths from Tasers; in Florida, 52.

And in the past three years there have been several incidents that have raised national concern about Taser use, notably the 72-year-old woman who was Tasered by Texas police during a traffic stop, and the man with a heart condition who was Tasered four times in his own home in California.

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