COLUMBIA — WHAT HAPPENED: Proposition 2, which would have prohibited the use of Tasers by law enforcement and residents, was overwhelmingly defeated at the polls. The final vote count was 7,327 yes to 24,679 no.
REACTION: Columbia attorney Robert Murray of People for a Taser-Free Columbia said opponents of the ban were able to get their message out effectively.
"They did a good job of framing the issue: Support law enforcement. And that took away from the real issue, which is Taser use. I think we need to develop standards, controls and accountability as to when Tasers are used."
The group said it would issue a statement Wednesday morning.
Sgt. John Gordon of the Columbia Police Officer Association issued an e-mail statement early this morning. "The Columbia Police Officer Association (CPOA) is very pleased with the outcome of the election," it said. "We would like to thank the voters for allowing us to keep this important weapon as a option. We remain committed to serving our community."
WHAT'S NEXT: Murray said he doesn't know if People for a Taser-Free Columbia will try another ballot initiative. He said it's possible the group will appeal to the Columbia City Council to impose tighter restrictions in the future.