A proposal to ban Tasers will appear on the Nov. 2 ballot.
On Monday, the City Council voted against the proposal, which would ban the use of Tasers inside the city limits. Because the City Council rejected the proposal, the decision is now up to the voters.
According to the Missourian, People for a Taser-Free Columbia collected more than 4,000 signatures of people who support the ban. In addition to banning the use of the devices, the petition would make it a class A misdemeanor to use or threaten to use Tasers.
A previous Missourian article states that the Taser-Free campaign wants to ban Tasers and conducted electrical devices because they are unpredictable and unreliable.
Police Chief Ken Burton said training and protocol for Taser use have tightened since he became chief in April 2009, and he uses the standards outlined by the Police Executive Research Forum. He also wants to train all 160 Columbia officers in crisis intervention.
In May, two police officers spoke to the Citizens Police Review Board about the department's Taser policy, arguing that Tasers are safer or more effective than other alternatives.
Will you vote to ban the use of Tasers in Columbia?