Homeland Security Agencies Reject Stun Gun Use


The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s two largest law enforcement divisions have rejected stun guns for their 20,000 agents and officers, largely because of questions about the safety of the devices, reports USA Today. The bans were adopted by the bureaus of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) during the past two years.

ICE rejected the devices in December 2003 after an officer with the Federal Protective Service allegedly was injured during a stun gun training session. CBP issued its own ban several months later. “There are enough question marks about the safety of this device,” said spokesman Barry Morrissey said, citing a recent review by the agency. “The safety of our officers and the public is always a concern. It was determined that the device just didn’t fit.” Arizona-based Taser International, the largest manufacturer of the devices, has vigorously defended the safety of the more than 130,000 Tasers it has sold to police agencies.

Link: http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2005-03-17-tasers-usat_x.htm

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