The Buchanan County, Mo. Sheriff’s Department recently demonstrated its new handcuffs, which shock people with an 80,000-volt charge.
The so-called “stun cuffs” will be used for prisoner transfers and some court appearances (video below).
“It affects the muscles of the body and it doesn’t really affect anything else. Everyone says it affects your heart, and it does not. What it does really is it just sends a charge through the body that locks up your muscle.” Captain Jody Hovey told KQTV.
However, ABC News reported in August:
Douglas P. Zipes, a cardiologist at Indiana University, found Tasers can provoke heart problems after the initial shock of 50,000 volts of electricity.
Amnesty International counted 500 Taser-related deaths in the United States between 2001 and 2012.
The Sheriff’s Department demonstrated the stun cuffs on an unidentified officer, who shook on the ground and was clearly in pain.
“It’s definitely a lot safer for the officers. So if the inmate wants to start fighting you, you don’t have to go hands-on," said Captain Hovey.
Oddly, KQTV didn't question the obvious danger of the stun cuffs, but claimed the shocking devices would help inmates "mind their manners."