They are considered non-lethal police weapons. But within a week two people died after using distance electro pulse devices (DEIG, so-called Taser) in Germany.
► On the night of Friday, October 1st, a man (39) called the police in Garbsen (Lower). He is said to have given confused information. When officers arrived, he threatened her with a knife, a police spokesman said. A special task force (SEK) overwhelmed the man with electric shocks from an electric weapon. The man collapsed, had to be resuscitated by emergency doctors. He was taken to a hospital where he died 20 hours later.
► Last Wednesday, the second death: At around 9:50 p.m., a resident (53) in Neustadt (Rheinl.-Pf.) Screamed on the street and attacked four police officers. “When he physically attacked the police, they used pepper spray and a distance electro-pulse device,” said a spokesman. And further: “The man was brought to the ground and handcuffed. Against this he offered resistance. “
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Shortly afterwards, the 53-year-old suffered cardiac arrest. Resuscitation measures were unsuccessful. The public prosecutor’s office is now investigating fatal bodily harm.
Both incidents reignite the discussion about tasers: The devices are now used in all federal states: in Berlin for a good four years.
And police officers are increasingly using this weapon: According to research by the RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland (RND), there were already at least 610 missions in Germany in the first half of 2021. In the whole of 2020 there were 605 nationwide.
The human rights organization Amnesty International warns: “The use of distance electro-pulse devices can lead to serious injuries and even death. Especially when certain risk factors such as cardiovascular problems or drug intoxication are added, which are difficult to detect for emergency services. “