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The History of the Taser Shows Tech Can’t Fix Policing

Fifty years after development began, the supposedly nonlethal Taser has failed to reduce the use of firearms by police

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YYou hear a click, like the sound of a pencil being snapped. That click — and the searing pain that accompanies it — are nearly instantaneous, but your mind tricks you into…

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Matt Stroud

Matt Stroud

Matt Stroud is an investigative reporter and the author of Thin Blue Lie: The Failure of High Tech Policing. Email: stroudjournalism AT gmail