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Denver Sheriff’s Taser Use on the Mentally Ill

Law enforcement needs to treat all people within their care with fairness and reasonableness.  This includes people with disabilities.

Earlier this month, the Denver Post reported 1 Noelle Phillips, Denver Jail’s Taser Use At Odds With Federal Guidelines, Post Finds, Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_26846770/denver-jails-taser-use-at-odds-federal-guidelines?source=rss allegations that the Denver Sheriff Department “often rely on their Tasers to inflict pain to force inmates, some of whom are mentally ill.” The newspaper’s findings include: “[d]eputies used their Tasers’ drive-stun mode, designed to inflict direct pain, in at least eight cases”; and  “[i]n at least six incidents, the inmate who was shocked had been experiencing a mental health episode.” 2 Id.

The Denver Post reviewed fourteen Taser cases so far this year by the Denver Sheriff Department.  In continuing coverage of the use of force by the Denver Sheriff, the Denver Post suggests, that if true, the allegations would violate federal Taser guidelines.

I am going to assert that if these allegations, if true, the conduct by the Denver Sheriff Department would violate federal law, the United States Constitution,  and international law.  At the very least these allegations, if true,  at least amount police abuse, and at most to torture.

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1. Noelle Phillips, Denver Jail’s Taser Use At Odds With Federal Guidelines, Post Finds, Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_26846770/denver-jails-taser-use-at-odds-federal-guidelines?source=rss
2.  Id.