Miami-Dade Police Ask For $6.5 Million For New Tasers In No-Bid Contract

In recent years, Tasers have been promoted to police departments as a safe way to deescalate dangerous situations. Yet in reality, the devices are far from non-lethal — a 2017 Reuters investigation turned up 1,081 cases where someone had died after being shocked with one of the devices. Miami's three largest police departments have also routinely misused Tasers: In 2014, New Times reported that local cops were tasing mentally ill people, the homeless, and children as young as 6.

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