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The Debate over Tasers and Police

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The Debate over Tasers and Police

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The Debate over Tasers and Police

The Debate over Tasers and Police

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Debates are raging over the safety and effectiveness of Taser guns as used by U.S. police forces. The Justice Department is one party looking at the products. Rick Smith, the head of Taser International, says without his product, police wouldn't have anything but a club to defend themselves. But a new report from Amnesty International says tasers are too dangerous for widespread use.

Guests:

Rick Smith, CEO and co-founder, Taser International

Roger Barr, professor of Biomedical Engineering at Duke University; researcher of the electrophysiology of the heart

William Schulz, executive director, Amnesty International