Today the San Francisco Chronicle online reported the following incident:
Police officers using Tasers is a recipe for tragic incidents like this. No police officer is in a position to know before-hand, what kinds of medical conditions a suspect may have, in considering the advisability of Tasering him. The suspect himself may not know! Do you know how likely you would be to suffer a heart attack if Tasered?
All my adult life, I've suffered from irregular heart beat, or what is called "cardiac arythmia." This, like many other kinds of mild heart abnormality, is not necessarily life-threatening, provided I don't become too stressed or physically exhausted (or both). But severe electric shock is among the most potent triggers of cardiac and neurological dysfunction. In fact, medical science isn't very well informed along these lines, and the manufacturers of these devices certainly know that.