Taser International guidelines call for officers to avoid firing at the head, neck and chest areas. In 2013, Taser warned: “When possible, avoid targeting the frontal chest area near the heart to reduce the risk of potential serious injury or death.” Data reported by police to the state for 2014 shows officers across Maryland hit the chest 119 times with a Taser. Data from 2012 and 2013 shows police hit the “front torso” 1,018 times with a Taser but doesn’t specify whether those hit the chest or abdomen.
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Location on body, 2012-2014
*Taser specifically recommends avoiding the area around the heart, not the entire torso.
Source: Governor's Office of Crime Control & Prevention, Taser International