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Durham Cops to Get More Tasers

Posted December 17, 2007 11:31 p.m. EST
Updated December 18, 2007 10:56 a.m. EST

— The Durham City Council voted on Monday to approve buying more Taser stun-guns for the city's police force despite some security concerns.

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.