Citizens For A Better Norwood

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Don’t tase me, Sis!

Yesterday’s Enquirer told the story of a Hamilton, Ohio man who gave his girlfriend a small, metallic pink Taser C2 for Christmas. The Taser C2 comes in 4 designer colors, looks like an electric shaver, and ranges in price from $299 - $379. Taser also sells a holster embedded with an MP3 player.

According to the Enquirer, C2’ s range “is 15 feet, 10 to 20 feet shorter than the distance afforded (police) officers, and its burst lasts 30 seconds, six times as long…” The 30-second burst allows the shooter to put the Taser down “while it’s still attached to it’s target - and get away.”

We called Lt. Tom Williams, Jr. at the NPD for a little more information. He told us the C2 is a one-use only taser. While not specifically spelling that out in their article, the Enquirer implied it by stating the company will replace the taser if the shooter submits a police report documenting what happened. Lt. Williams said the reason the C2 is designed for single use is to protect the police themselves from being tased multiple times by suspects armed with C2’s. He explained that police tasers fire in 5-second bursts and can be reused multiple times until a subject is subdued. He advised that C2 owners should not tase anyone unless they feel the threat to their safety is serious. For instance, being told “I’d like to wring your neck” probably doesn’t justify tasing…unless the person is approaching with a piece of rope.