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Durham police buy more Tasers

Posted December 15, 2008
Updated December 16, 2008

— The City Council has approved spending nearly $177,000 to buy more Tasers for the Durham Police Department.

Last year, the City Council approved a request to buy 110 Tasers, a brand of electronic stun-gun. The council has decided to buy 125 more, plus accessories.

Tasers shoot out metal prongs that attach to clothing or skin and give electric jolts. The weapons are used as normally nonlethal alternatives to guns, but have caused some deaths. They use what their manufacturer terms "neuro-muscular incapacitation" that deprives the target of body control.

Some officers say the devices prevent injuries to them and suspects because just the threat of using a Taser is often enough to subdue someone.


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  • CSMs Alter Ego Dec 16, 2008

    "Dr plus Dataclerk equal Oxymoron


    The funny thing is she doesn't even know what oxymoron means. One day she wrote, "you're an oxymoron" with no foundation/reason as to why she wrote it. I think she thinks it's some kind of special moron. ;-)

  • Burger Dec 16, 2008

    Taser- I guess Durham should probably sell a few to Greensboro

  • familyfour Dec 16, 2008

    Dr plus Dataclerk equal Oxymoron


  • familyfour Dec 16, 2008

    don't let data get to ya....she is absolutely relentless....

    she been copying and pasting off my profile, and posting it in the blog.....

    I think she could argue with herself on here....

    just ignore her, or thank her for the attention....you can't keep someone like that from making a fool of themselves...

  • Travised Dec 16, 2008

    They have not released the cause of the taser death in Minneapolis yet. He was a Teacher's aide, former Radio host. So NO he was not a junkie. The Dept. is ASKING for med charts to try and find a cause. They have yet to say what is the cause of death. If it was drugs that would have been said right away. The Taser must have done damage to something.

    Web Search Minneapolis Taser Death and you should find the story I am talking about.

  • johnny2times Dec 16, 2008

    I would like to thank ALL the people on here that ARE in support of law enforcement. We need your support as much as possible so again thank you!

    Have a good night.

  • CSMs Alter Ego Dec 16, 2008

    "I am good. Don't intend to break any laws that will put me in prison. :) lol
    Dr. Dataclerk"

    That's fine and dandy, but since you're a know-it-all who doesn't seem to appreciate or support your local police officers, why don't we see what your life would be like if we all took a month off from work.

  • johnny2times Dec 16, 2008

    Dr. Data I never said I was.........maybe thats what your assuming....but I never said that. Don't put words in my mouth.

  • CSMs Alter Ego Dec 16, 2008

    "If cops are afraid of doing their job, maybe they should get out now while they are alive and find another comfortable job that they are qualified to do."

    You sit behind your little desk and type that garbage? Wouldn't you want a taser if you encountered someone so flipped out on drugs they stripped naked and were ready to fight? You know how hard it is to control someone pumped full of narcotics?

  • CSMs Alter Ego Dec 16, 2008

    'it stops police officers from getting hurt. anitov'

    "I am glad you believe that. In the last several days police has gotten killed. You my friend, cannot even explain that. So Toodles.
    Dr. Dataclerk"

    Unbelievable comment. But do we expect less? He didn't say it keeps officers from being killed. %&%&@#)*&!($($