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|MSPs to hear Taser gun concerns |
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Human rights campaigners are to urge Scottish police to stop the use of stun guns, claiming evidence from America shows they can be a lethal weapon.
Amnesty International, which is holding a seminar for MSPs, said more than 150 people had died in the US and Canada, after police used Tasers on them.
The devices are designed to incapacitate a suspect by sending thousands of volts through their body.
Scottish police forces insist the devices can save lives.
However, researchers from Amnesty are to tell MSPs that in the US they have been used against young children, the elderly, pregnant women, and even a handcuffed nine-year-old.
Senior police officers in Scotland said the Taser is only used by specialist firearms officers in the UK.
They have been deployed four times by Strathclyde Police - Scotland's biggest force.
A spokesman said in at least three of those incidents the only alternative would have been to shoot the individuals involved.