Uh, exactly how much lower? This advice immediately made me think of a video from a police training session I saw awhile back depicting an officer accidentally tasered in the groin. The trainer who shot him was laughing so hard he fell to his knees and forgot to shut off the switch, something he said is known in law enforcement circles as "riding the lightning." But hey, what's 50,000 volts to the balls among friends? (If nothing else, one supposes this new advice will generate more such videos for humor sites.)
According to CBS News:
The bulletin from Taser says there is a slight risk of their device causing cardiac arrest. And it states 'We believe this recommendation will improve the effective use of taser ECD's while also further increasing safety margins and enhancing the ability to defend such cases in post event legal proceedings.'
"The information they're sending us simply states if you want to avoid controversy than you might want to avoid that target area," said Lt. Henderson. "And we take that very seriously in light of recent events".
Opponents of the Taser use say the company is admitting for the first time its product is dangerous.