Tasering could pose greater risk to child’s heart, expert witness says


Keith Bonnell
Vancouver Sun
April 11, 2011

Tasering a child could pose a greater, but still very rare, risk of a deadly heart reaction, an expert says following news that police in British Columbia used one of the stun guns on an 11-year-old boy.

However, University of Wisconsin professor emeritus John Webster, who testified at the inquiry into the death of Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski, told Postmedia News he does believe there are situations when police could be justified in Tasering a child.

“I think Tasers are a good thing; it’s just that there are … rare cases that are unfortunate,” Webster said Saturday.

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