The Fayetteville, N.C., Police Department has taken its Taser weapons off the streets so officials can determine whether it’s safe to use them, reports the city’s Observer. The decision comes almost a week after a Fayetteville man died after police used a Taser as they tried to take him into custody. Chief Tom Bergamine called it “the responsible and prudent response,” although he said he there is no indication that the device had malfunctioned.
The department also plans to review its policies and procedures regarding the use of Tasers. The department’s use-of-force policy addresses the use of Tasers and cites conditions in which the weapons should be used. Fayetteville police have used Tasers since 1996.