Portland, Ore., Sheriff Bernie Giusto insists that he and his top staff feel what it’s like to be shot with a Taser, says the Oregonian in Portland. Compressed nitrogen propelled two metal darts at 100 mph into Giusto’s skin. Insulated wires connected to the darts sent 50,000 volts of electricity into his body for five seconds. Giusto howled for mercy. As he prepares to arm as many as 150 deputies with Tasers, Giusto said it was time to lead by example. “It’s important that I fully understand the methods of force that I’m deploying to my deputies,” Giusto said.
Just 11 Multnomah County deputies carry Tasers, compared with the 138 Portland officers trained to carry the less-lethal weapon. Portland Police Chief Derrick Foxworth wants every officer to carry the electric stun gun, saying it will reduce the number of deadly force encounters as well as better protect the safety of officers and the public.
Foxworth requires every officer carrying the weapon to be shocked with one during training, but said, “I don’t need to be tased to be convinced that it’s an effective tool.”