By Tara Rippin • 14 October 2020 • 17:32
Spain’s National Police boosts armoury by adding 300 Taser guns and 15,000 extendable batons.
Electric pistols, also known as tasers, are an electronic device that affects the muscular nervous system in order to immobilise the subject by means of electric shocks.
The person immobilised by a stun gun receives about 50,000 volts, leaving them paralysed for several minutes.
While taser guns reportedly do not leave the ‘victim’ suffering from any permanent damage, a 2012 study published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation, found they can cause “ventricular arrhythmias, sudden cardiac arrest and even death.
Back in June, the Ministry of Interior clarified that is not “mandatory” or “necessary” for police officers in Spain to record the event in which they use their tasers.
Extendable are said to be “one of the most reliable options when it comes to non-lethal self-defence weapons,” which can be deployed within a moment’s notice allowing officers to incapacitate a dangerous suspect/offender.
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Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
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