Use of Tasers Has Reduced Fatal Police Shootings, Says Report

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Many law enforcement agencies are crediting the use of Tasers – guns that use electric current rather than bullets to stop a suspect – with helping reduce the number of fatal shootings by police, reports USA Today. According to the manufacturer, Tasers are already being used by 5,200 of an estimated 16,000 law enforcement agencies nationwide. Tasers, in use since 1974, are handheld devices that shoot two probes attached to wires that can extend up to 21 feet and emit a peak of 50,000 volts of electricity. Police cite these results: Seattle police last year didn't have . . .

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