Durham Cops to Get More Tasers
The Durham City Council voted on Monday to approve buying more Tasers for the city's police force despite some security concerns.Posted — Updated
The resolution authorized City Manager Patrick Baker to enter a nearly $160,000 contract with Lawmen's Safety Supply Inc. for 110 Tasers. Most of the funds will come from drug seizures and money forfeitures.
Tasers shoot out metal prongs that attach to clothing or skin and give electric jolts. The weapons are used as 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.
Durham police held public demonstrations of the weapons in July while they were considering buying more of them.
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