The news has overshadowed other aspects of the annual press conference of the Geneva police to take stock of the activities of law enforcement and the changing security, such as statisticians have established Shore Bromes .
Three Taser X-26 were acquired by the Geneva police for the price of 2,150 francs each. It is a weapon reserved for police or armies. A weapon called neutralization momentary still quite far from what can be purchased on the open market in some countries.
Sixteen policemen in the intervention group were trained in the use of these devices. They use a technology called EMD (Electro-Muscular Disruption or electro-muscular disruption). Son two hooks connected to send a current of 50,000 volts for five seconds in the subject’s body that is intended to immobilize. Result of this shock, he is paralyzed and falls to earth. Who has himself been detained with a Taser.
The staff of the police was present in full force yesterday. He stressed the exceptional nature of the commitments of this controversial weapon. Even if, Benedict Kuchler, chief criminologist, is reassuring. According to him, well employed, the Taser is not dangerous. An abundant scientific literature does not reveal specific heart problems. At least in France.
In short, for him, the deaths recorded in the United States are probably an inappropriate use of this weapon.
The Geneva police Taser that intends to use is far removed from commonplace use practiced in the United States. According to figures from the Geneva police, last year, in dozens of interventions, the use of Taser would have been justified.