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Columbia Missourian

Tasers: The debate goes on

By Missourian staff
November 28, 2008 | 12:06 p.m. CST

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.

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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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