Tasers: The debate goes on

Friday, November 28, 2008 | 12:06 p.m. CST; updated 12:26 p.m. CST, Friday, November 28, 2008

Imagine 50,000 volts of electricity running through your body for five seconds, the standard length of each burst by a Taser gun.

Muscles contract uncontrollably, pain shoots through the body and breathing becomes labored. You drop, dazed and disoriented, to the ground.

Police departments around the globe have adopted the Taser, an electroshock weapon, as a way to subdue an attacker without resorting to force that may be more lethal.

Like other cities, states and countries, Columbia is in the middle of a debate about when and how Tasers should be used by police as a less dangerous way to handle a potentially threatening situation.

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Charles Dudley Jr November 28, 2008 | 1:30 p.m.

Amnesty International is one of the biggest groups leading the fight to ban the use of Tasers:

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John Schultz November 28, 2008 | 4:10 p.m.

If you read what GRO and other local groups say, they are not wanting to ban the use of Tasers.

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Charles Dudley Jr November 28, 2008 | 5:22 p.m.

No but they are wanting alot tighter restrictions which I agree with as well.

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John Schultz November 28, 2008 | 5:29 p.m.

And what changes do you propose CPD make with their Taser policy?

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Ayn Rand November 28, 2008 | 5:33 p.m.

Maybe the CPD could have a team of experts to come out and gently stroke the hands of ne'er-do-wells to convince them to give up.

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Charles Dudley Jr November 29, 2008 | 2:46 a.m.

John one of the recommendations is a better review board which I do agree with.

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John Schultz November 29, 2008 | 10:24 a.m.

The general review board that the council is about to take up or something specific for Taser usage?

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Charles Dudley Jr November 29, 2008 | 11:08 a.m.

A better review board made up of doctors,psychiatrists and obviously more qualified people plus citizens who have deeply researched the Taser issue.

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John Schultz November 29, 2008 | 8:57 p.m.

So to clarify, you think there should be a separate civilian review board that would review all Taser deployments?

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Charles Dudley Jr November 30, 2008 | 2:56 a.m.

I think that the board should be made up of professionals such as physical doctors,psychiatrists,councilors and professionals along those lines and not common citizens.

This is just my honest opinion and it does not have to be separate by far but I feel adding in or the majority of these types of professionals will make this over sight committee better.

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