How Conducted Energy Devices Work
Police officers and corrections officers use Conducted Energy Devices (CEDs), which are popularly known as stun guns, to subdue
hostile or violent suspects. The devices give officers a less-lethal alternative to firearms.
CEDs, such as Tasers, generate 50,000 volts of electricity. The electricity stuns and temporarily incapacitates people by
causing involuntary muscle contractions. This makes people easier to arrest or subdue. When CEDs cause involuntary muscle
contractions, the contractions cause people to fall. Some people have experienced serious head injuries or bone fractures
from the falls, and some of these injuries have resulted in deaths.
Tasers use compressed nitrogen to fire two barbed probes (which are sometimes called darts) at suspects. Electricity travels
along thin wires attached to the probes. Darts may cause puncture wounds or burns. A puncture wound to the eye could cause
Date Created: June 23, 2008