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Pattern of Maryland police Taser strikes

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.

Read the full investigation: Shocking force: Police in Maryland didn't follow Taser safety recommendations in hundreds of incidents.

Location on body, 2012-2014

NECK: 21 HEAD: 23 FRONT TORSO: 1,137 ARMS: 347 HIP/GROIN: 70 LEGS: 448

Front Profile

BUTTOCKS: 86 HEAD: 23 NECK: 21 ARMS: 347 SIDE TORSO: 89 LEGS: 448

Side Profile

ARMS: 347 BUTTOCKS: 86 NECK: 21 BACK TORSO: 1,285 HEAD: 23 LEGS: 448

Back Profile

Head
23
Neck
21
Front Torso
1,137

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Arms
347
Hip/Groin
70
Legs
448
Targets to avoid
 

*Taser specifically recommends avoiding the area around the heart, not the entire torso.

0-250
251-500
501-750
751-1000
1000+
Targets to avoid (Taser guidelines)

Source: Governor's Office of Crime Control & Prevention, Taser International

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