Tasers: A Viable Alternative to Lethal Force?

Oct 9, 2015

Earlier this year, a new Taser law went to effect in Connecticut. The reform was the first of its kind in the nation, requiring police officers to file a "use of force" report every time a Taser is fired. 

This hour, we learn more about that law. We also find out why a condition known as “excited delirium” has been cited in dozens of deaths following Taser deployment.

And later, we look to a new study out of Arizona State University to see if being "Tased" can actually affect the way people think.


  • Patrick Skahill - Reporter at WNPR
  • David McGuire - Legislative and Policy Director for the ACLU of Connecticut
  • Justin Jouvenal - Fairfax County Justice Reporter for The Washington Post
  • Dr. Michael White - Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University

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John Dankosky and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.