The Israeli Police received sharp criticism Wednesday at a Knesset State Control Committee meeting on the use of stun guns by the police. Police Commissioner Lt. Gen. Yohanan Danino said that last year he dismissed 88 officers and policemen due to inappropriate use of force.
Professor Avinoam Reches, a neurologist at Hadassah Hospital who serves as head of the Israeli Medical Association's ethics committee, presented data from an Amnesty International report claiming 500 deaths from stun gun use in the United States.
Stun guns employ an electrical current to disrupt voluntary control of muscles, and there has been widespread concern over their ability to cause heart attack and sudden death.
Danino explained the need for such a weapon: "There are thousands of incidents a year of shooting at police as well as throwing stones and Molotov cocktails, so it is necessary to equip police with a means of defense in addition to a gun."
The head of the committee, MK Amnon Cohen (Shas) asked State Comptroller Yosef Shapira to look into police conduct regarding the use of stun guns against civilians, and requested that Danino transfer to the committee the new guidelines for the use of stun guns by the police.