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Md. Report Calls for More Taser Restrictions

Md. Report Calls for More Taser Restrictions

The Frederick News-Post via YellowBrix

December 23, 2009

Two years ago, a 20-year-old died after a Frederick County sheriff’s deputy shocked him with a Taser. Now, a state task force is recommending that Tasers be used in fewer instances and that law enforcement track their use more closely.

Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler created the Task Force on Electronic Weapons after a string of Taser-related problems, including the death of Jarrel Gray on Nov. 18, 2007. The task force report, released Dec. 17, makes 60 recommendations that largely focus on training, use-of-force, reporting and investigating Taser discharges, and monitoring usage data.

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The report’s first recommendation, which Frederick County NAACP president Guy Djoken called the most important, is that the community should be involved in crafting Taser policies.

Law enforcement agencies “should, and have the responsibility to make sure (community groups) are involved in the process,” he said. “As we move forward, we need to make sure the legislative body of the state understands this very well.”

Djoken said he investigated the county’s first Taser discharge at a public school, involving an 18-year-old senior at Tuscarora High School in 2007. As he talked to parents and teachers, no one seemed aware that Tasers could be used in a public school. He said the community needs to understand the Taser regulations and help shape them if they are to be effective.

The task force also recommended that officers not only be certified and recertified in Taser usage, it specified that training should emphasize that a Taser is “less-lethal weapon, and not a non-lethal or less-than-lethal weapon.”

Djoken said the Frederick and Maryland chapters of the NAACP, as well as the Maryland chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, had stressed this point all along and were pleased to see it incorporated into the report.

Whereas people are careful with guns and regard them as lethal weapons to be used only in dire circumstances, Djoken said officers were much less likely to consider the effects of using Tasers, which can also be fatal under the right conditions.


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    jmccall1972

    over 4 years ago

    124 Comments

    WTF letting the NAACP and ACLU come up with a policy recommendation who the hell is the chief or sheriff that stood by and let this happen. departments need to grow a set of balls and tell them this is the policy the device saves lives period or lets just go back to busting heads with batons and start breaking some bones then they will really have something to bitch about. our taser policy is this 1) officer presence 2) verbal commands 3) taser we have shot over 40 in the last 3 years since getting them and pulled them hundreds of times. we track all our data so if a officer just pulls it he has to do a incident report that is filed with the use of force reports. most time just the presentation of the device most give up. because they know that we can and will shock them. we have not had one death. and i can count for a small agency with only 8 guys that have the tasers we can count5 life saves with the taser

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    gedlund

    over 4 years ago

    10 Comments

    maybe we should all send the ACLU and NAACP a CHRISTmas card and give them something else to bitch about !!! This is ridiculous !!

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    When you write an article and you use the NAACP and ACLU as sorces, you ain't got much of a story! Its useless fodder!

  • Meangreen01_max50

    AZmeangreen

    over 4 years ago

    2338 Comments

    These organizations (political fronts) need to take a deep breath and just keep holding it. They want us to go back to batons? I'm ok with that... heck, I'm still waiting for my taser; but how do they feel about stitches, broken bones, and possible death as opposed to an 5 sec electric shock?

  • Radio2_max50

    FireDad

    over 4 years ago

    7352 Comments

    The NAACP and ACLU need to keep thier noses out of this..

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Uniform data is not tracked throughout the state, but the task force did request some figures from the law enforcement agencies. One if its findings was that 16 of 21 agencies that responded were more likely to use Tasers against black residents than white or Hispanic residents. The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office reported that 24 percent of people its deputies shocked with a Taser were black, whereas only 9 percent of the residents are black.

    OKAY...what are they trying to say that this data suggests? It doesn't mean anything!!!! It's useless information. So only 9% of the community is black...so what. What are the precentages of violent crimes from black offenders to offenders of different races. What about gang relelated issues?

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    The task force also recommended that officers not only be certified and recertified in Taser usage, it specified that training should emphasize that a Taser is “less-lethal weapon, and not a non-lethal or less-than-lethal weapon.”

    DUHHHH!!!!

    All "Less-Lethal" weapons have the potential to be lethal. Unlike a firearm though, these weapons are deployed when the intent to kill or inflict great bodily harm is not warranted.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    The report’s first recommendation, which Frederick County NAACP president Guy Djoken called the most important, is that the community should be involved in crafting Taser policies.

    WHAT????

    The community should be involved with crafting policies for police departments!!!! That has got to be the most absurde thing that I've ever heard.

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    Irishcop1961

    over 4 years ago

    50356 Comments

    A bunch of bull.

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    E2103

    over 4 years ago

    14 Comments

    Not this topic again. ACLU needs to be dismantled.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Here we go again...

  • Fallenherobadge-3-1_max160_max50

    barnes97

    over 4 years ago

    216 Comments

    I know that I am preaching to the choir here, but I am so tired of these liberals backing the criminal and saying that the "bad" officer shouldn't have tased the poor innocent child. Are 16-18 years old in high school less dangerous than when they are out on a Friday night? The race statistics just blow me away. Could it be that black individuals are committing more crime that other races? Are statistics kept on the race of all people involved in every crime? This would make things more clear. I agree with elambert. Why is it so hard for these people (criminals) to just obey and file a complaint later? This just makes my blood boil!

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    Jonas

    over 4 years ago

    42172 Comments

    Why is it ALWAYS the LEO or his defense? I know why. It's always my fault when the car is parked illegally and I'm towing it.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    If a cop says STOP and SHUT UP then STOP and SHUT UP. If the ACLU and NAAPC were so concerned about their people getting tased then they teach them to OBEY the police and file a complaint later if their people think thier right have been violated.

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    scfredjr

    over 4 years ago

    348 Comments

    I think that if you are a jack ass and act in a manner that will result in you getting tazed then the risk of possible death are yours alone to deal with.

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