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Darts could replace Tasers

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An American police officer demonstrates the use of a Taser device.

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An American police officer demonstrates the use of a Taser device.

Re: Police in a risky love affair with Tasers (Sept. 9). I wonder if any police agency has explored the possibility of using serum-filled darts, which could be fired at a threatening person in order to bring someone down without resorting to the use of lethal force?

Employing science in its design, the dart could be configured along the lines currently used to incapacitate wild animals for scientific research, public safety, etc. If feasible, such a dart system, under certain circumstances (like the Vancouver International Airport episode where Robert Dziekanski was ostensibly armed with a chair and a stapler), could provide yet another alternative to the police use of Tasers and lethal force.

MICHAEL MOSKAL

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 10, 2013 A8

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