Taser Use Spreads

By: Tara Hettinger
By: Tara Hettinger

Last year, a man was tased by Nashville police 19 times. He later died. Since then, restrictions have been placed on the use of tasers.

And the gun is coming to more local law enforcement.

Tasers continue to become more readily available to law enforcement officials, making it easy to make any suspect drop.

BGPD and the Logan County Sheriff's Department will both soon have their own.

"The tasers automatically lock up every muscle in your body where you can't move for that 5 second duration after the five second duration of getting tased you automatically go back to 100% normal," said Deputy Sheriff Daniel Alexander of the Warren County Sheriff's Department.

Alexander is the only one to have used the weapon so far in his department. He used it once to apprehend a juvenile suspect trying to get into a school who was not cooperating.

The Warren County Sheriff's Department now has 8 patrol officers with tasers.

And the BGPD will be issued their tasers on February 20th, when they will also have four hours of training and certification.

Logan County has just been approved to receive tasers for its sheriff's department and will be training February 4th.

A total of 14 tasers will be distributed to road units and patrol officers next week.


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