Sunday February 3, 2013

Report: Police Taser guidelines vary widely

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) -- A newspaper investigation finds wide variation among suburban police departments in the use of Taser electroshock weapons to subdue belligerent subjects.

The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports Sunday (http://on.rocne.ws/Y3tx7T ) that it found 119 instances of Taser use from 2007 to 2012 in Monroe County suburbs. Use varied widely, with Gates not using Tasers at all, Webster using them 10 times and Brockport 15 times.

Rochester police used Tasers 66 times from 2005 to 2009, according to the New York Civil Liberties Union.

Police in the town of Greece used Tasers 40 times in the three years before Todd Baxter became chief in 2010. Since he put the department through retraining, there have been just three usages.

Dozens of deaths have been linked to the devices and civil rights groups have questioned some aspects of their use.


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