Killing Them Safely with filmmaker Nick Beradini

Date(s) - Thursday 12/17/2015
12:00 am - 3:00 am

Sponsored by iEAR Presents!, School of HASS, RPI; New York Civil Liberties Union Capital Region Chapter and CAAMI (Capital Area Against Mass Incarceration).

 Nick Berardini’s documentary about Taser International recounts the origin story of Rick and Tom Smith, ambitious brothers who adapted ineffective stun-gun technology to revolutionize policing while earning millions of dollars.

In the early 2000s, the two brothers found tremendous success when their company began selling a device that has been called ‘the biggest revolution in law enforcement since the radio.’ But as their company grew, they made decisions that would have lasting impact on both the public and their increasingly skeptical customer base.

“Use of force” and gun control are under heavy scrutiny as the death toll continues to mount in taser-related deaths: this film reminds us that it is not simply the weapon that needs to be regulated, but the behavior and bias behind it as well.



Nick Berardini is a director and writer, known for Killing Them Safely (2015).

Read Nick’s writing “When Police Tasers Kill: The Tragic Death of Stanley Harlan” in the Daily Beast, about his new documentary tackling the efficacy of the taser.