April 26, 2005
TASER International Initiates Dialogue on Non Lethal, Use-of-Force Policy
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - TASER International, Inc. (Nasdaq: TASR), a market leader and manufacturer of advanced non-lethal technology announced today that it had assembled a working group of more than 240 representatives of law enforcement, academia, the medical community, community groups and several branches of the U.S. military to initiate a comprehensive, international dialogue on use-of-force policy as it relates to non-lethal weapons.
"While TASER International manufactures products for law enforcement, the company believes that questions regarding use of force and the deployment of non-lethal weapons are best decided by law enforcement and the communities in which they are used," said Dave DuBay, Chief Strategy Officer for TASER International. "Accordingly, we have assembled law enforcement officers, administrators, policy makers and chiefs or sheriffs from more than 132 agencies in 41 states and 13 countries to discuss this topic."
A formal review and analysis of this discussion will be issued by the John Jay School of Criminal Justice, at the City University of New York in the coming weeks. The final product will be the opinions and viewpoints of the participants of the forum and not TASER International.
"Protecting civil liberties and strong, effective law enforcement are not incompatible," said Scott Greenwood, former long, term, general counsel, ACLU of Ohio and ACLU national board member. "When used properly, by well-trained officers, non-lethal weapons such as TASER devices can be an important tool in reducing injuries to both citizens and officers while preventing unnecessary deaths."
"The key in considering a use-of-force policy is to build in adequate and reoccurring training on all uses-of-force. It is critical as communities look at these important issues that they maintain a focus on reducing injuries and saving lives," continued Greenwood.
For an unedited copy of Monday's announcement, please visit www.TASER.com and to see a video of the news conference see: www.taser.com/pressconference.wmv
Event participants are referenced in the order in which they appear:
About TASER International, Inc.
- Dave DuBay, Chief Strategy Officer for TASER International
- Dr. Dennis Kenney, Professor, John Jay School of Criminal Justice, City University of New York
- Terry Hillard, retired Superintendent, Chicago Police Department, founding partner of Hillard Heintze
- Scott Greenwood, former long-term general counsel, ACLU of Ohio, ACLU national board member and class counsel in the Cincinnati, police reform case
TASER International, Inc. provides advanced non-lethal devices for use in the law enforcement, military, private security and personal defense markets. TASER devices use proprietary technology to safely incapacitate dangerous, combative or high-risk subjects who pose a risk to law enforcement officers, innocent citizens or themselves. TASER technology saves lives every day, and the use of TASER devices dramatically reduces injury rates for police officers and suspects and reduces litigation costs. For more information on TASER life-saving technology, please call TASER International at (800) 978-2737 or visit our website at www.TASER.com.