Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Contrasting Viewpoints on Taser Use

"The use-of-force training and procedures and policy are up to the individual agencies, based on their community standard, their expertise and their own policies."

- Steve Tuttle, spokesman, Taser International.

"It's simple. If you do what you're told and you comply, you won't be Tased."

-Richard Leighton, police chief in St. Johnsbury, Vt., where two men who were shocked with stun guns in a 2005 incident won a $10,000 settlement after claiming police used excessive force.

"I'm interested in changing the policy so that Tasers are not used on non-violent people, particularly protesters taking a dignified stance. I see the points police make in using Tasers as an alternative to lethal force. But it seems like they're lowering the threshold so they can use [Tasers] for a wide variety of uses."

- Jonathan Crowell, who was shot with a Taser during a peaceful demonstration in Brattleboro, Vt. ||(emphasis added)

"Even though the person is receiving volts of electricity, and cramping up the muscles, that causes so much less damage then going hand-to-hand with the officer or using a baton."

- Forks Police Department Chief Mike Powell |Peninsula Daily News|

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