The Connecticut Police Chiefs Association has routinely opposed any statewide regulation or standards over police use of Tasers, despite growing concerns across the nation about the potential for misuse of cop stun guns.
A new medical study published last month found that shocks from the 50,000-volt electronic weapon can cause cardiac arrest and death in some cases - a finding that Taser International has always disputed.
But at least 11 people in Connecticut have died since 2005 after being hit by cop Tasers, although all those deaths have been attributed to other medical causes.
Taser spokesmen and law enforcement groups (like the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association for example) have always insisted Tasers are a lot safer than other police weapons like guns and even batons. They say Tasers have saved lives and prevented injuries to cops and suspects in hundreds of cases.
Meanwhile, it turns out the relationship between the Taser manufacturer and Connecticut law enforcement types is getting even warmer.
Taser International is going to sponsor the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association annual meeting at the posh Farmington Club on June 6.
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