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Peter Grainger 
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Re: “Burlington Police Chief Questions the Effectiveness of Tasers

Don't laugh-- as there is another non-lethal device on the market called the Wraptor. It is a big velcro-type blanket that two officers can deploy in two seconds that literally envelopes a person. It would be especially beneficial when used on a mentally-ill assailant armed with a knife. Quick, relatively safe takedown, with none of the ill effects of electricity.

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Posted by Peter Grainger on 04/10/2016 at 5:53 PM

Re: “Burlington Police Chief Questions the Effectiveness of Tasers

Your story highlights the need for mandatory measurement of Tasers and other Conducted Energy Weapons, which were introduced prematurely 18 years ago with virtually no government oversight. CEWs are prone to 'output variance', which essentially means some perform above or below safety parameters chosen by manufacturers. Recently the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) along with safety standards bodies like the IEC, UL, CSA and others have tried to play catchup, by developing the first international measurement standard for CEWs, in the hopes of eventually developing full safety standards. There is also a portable device available now (Aexos Waveform Analyzer) which accurately measures the output of CEWs, so that at least officers would know if their weapons are performing within those unverified company specs. Close to 1,000 North American citizens have died after being shocked by police armed with unmeasured CEWs.

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Posted by Peter Grainger on 04/09/2016 at 3:09 PM

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