Taser facts

People killed by police use of Tasers are disproportionately African American, a Reuters analysis of fatalities through 2018 found.
The news service analyzed 1,081 cases in which people died after police shocked them with a Taser, the majority occurring after 2000, when the weapon came into widespread usage by police departments. The analysis found that the plurality of deaths – at least 32 percent – were African American, compared to at least 29 percent white. African Americans comprise about 14 percent of the U.S. population.
Thirteen percent of deaths were listed as involving Hispanic people but did not list race, while another 26 percent listed neither race nor ethnicity, according to Reuters.
“These racial disparities in Taser deaths are horrifying but unsurprising,” Carl Takei, a senior staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union, told the news service. “Police violence is a leading cause of death for black people in America, in large part because over-policing of black and brown communities

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