Forensic reporting of TASER exposure: An examination of situational and exposure characteristics

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Abstract

  • © 2015 Elsevier Ltd and Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine. Abstract The current study examines the content of autopsy reports (N = 184) for deaths that occurred following TASER exposure by police. Guided by previous research and national autopsy standards for other weapon-specific deaths, we evaluate 1) whether reports document situational characteristics of the police-citizen encounter and 2) whether reports document characteristics of the TASER exposure. We find a large portion of reports are often missing a police report summary and information regarding the TASER exposure. Considering the expanding use of TASERs by police, we emphasize the importance of creating national standards that require documentation of police report summaries, TASER injuries, and TASER logs.
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  • Todak NE; Cesar GT; Louton B
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  • 4
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  • 8
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  • 35