New research finds that stun guns can create short-term cognitive impairment comparable to dementia — which can lead to unreliable statements to cops.
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The researchers found “statistically significant reductions” in verbal learning and memory; some participants also had trouble concentrating, and they felt overwhelmed and anxious.
“Being shocked had a traumatic effect on some participants,” Kane said, according to the statement. “Some were emotionally debilitated by the experience.”
The researchers suggest that police departments require officers to wait one hour before issuing someone their Miranda rights after they’ve been tased.