Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Bill Proposed To Require Police Track Taser Use

An Illinois legislator has proposed a bill that would require that police report every time they use a Taser on a civilian.  This move has been spurred by numerous media stories documenting the explosion in the use of Taser weapons by police officers.  The idea behind the proposed legislation is that officers may be caused to think twice before using a Taser.  Some suburban police departments are on pace to use their Taser weapons twice as often as they did last year.  In 2011 Chicago police reported that they used their Tasers 853 times.  This represents a five fold increase over 2008.  The Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police and other police officer groups are opposed to the legislation.  This measure is the first measure which attempts to track the use of Tasers by police officers.

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