COLUMBIA — Members of Taser-Free Columbia announced Thursday that they will attempt to have their proposed proposition on the November ballot. For the proposition to be placed on the ballot, the group will need 20 percent of the number of people who vote in the mayoral election Tuesday to sign the petition. Since Feb. 1, the group has collected more than 825 signatures on the petition. Forty volunteers have also joined in support of the cause.
A number of controversial incidents which involved Tasers most recently include an altercation on Aug. 1, when Columbia police tasered a man they say resisted arrest after urinating in an alleyway.
Columbia police admitted to improper use of a Taser in a September 2008 incident in which a 14-year-old was tasered when the individual ran from police after being accused of shoplifting. The department also admitted to improper use in a December 2008 incident when a man was shot by an officer with a Taser when he ran from police after being found urinating on a tree. He was charged with urinating in public and resisting arrest.
Under the proposition, the use of Tasers would be a class A misdemeanor. The ownership, purchase and sale of them would not be affected by the proposition.
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