December 14, 2017

Traffic police get 650 tasers

The use of tasers by law enforcement officers has sparked controversy around the world. Photo: Ohmar Thant
The use of tasers by law enforcement officers has sparked controversy around the world. Photo: Ohmar Thant

Due to a recent increase in the number of traffic rule violators behaving aggressively towards police, officers have been issued with tasers for the purposes of self-defence.
To date, 650 tasers have already been distributed to traffic police in Yangon, Ayewawady and Taninthayi regions and in Mon and Kayin states.
A police force official explained that traffic police are also to be equipped with walkie-talkies, batons and traffic wands.
Police have the right to protect themselves in accordance with Section 100 of the code of criminal procedures, the officer said.
Tasers are an electroshock weapon that fire two dart-like electrodes which disrupt voluntary control of muscles causing “neuromuscular incapacitation”.
The use of tasers by law enforcement officers has sparked controversy around the world, particularly when tasers have been used at schools in the United States and resulted in the deaths of students by bringing on what is known as “excited delirium”.
“According to the law, an attacker may be stopped using this equipment, even if it leads to the attacker’s death,” said the unnamed official.
Tasers for male police officers measure nearly 1.5 feet long, while for female officers, they measure between eight and ten inches.

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