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University uses federal grant for Taser study

(Charleston-AP) March 12, 2006 - Two University of South Carolina researchers are working to see if Taser stun guns cut down on deaths and injuries among suspects and the police using them.

Professors Geoff Alpert and Michael Smith hope their 2 1/2 year, $650,000 study will help police departments using the devices that have been blamed for inadvertent deaths.

Alpert and Smith will work on a national survey of law enforcement Taser use.

They'll also talk with suspects who have been on the receiving end of the Taser's 50-thousand-volt immobilizing sting.

Tasers are used by 7,800 law enforcement agencies and military installations worldwide.

Posted 5:52pm by Graeme Moore

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