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Stun guns not a cure-all for police shootings, experts warn
Stun guns not a cure-all for police shootings, experts warn

Lethal police shootings in Ferguson, Mo., and St. Louis this month, and a chokehold death in New York City in July, have been met with a question: Why didn't the officers use a Taser? Although the use of stun guns has become prevalent in police departments throughout the country, law enforcement experts say the idea that the devices should be used in place of firearms is far from accurate. Stun guns can prove a valuable alternative to gunfire or other methods of force, but experts say stun guns can be difficult to deploy in rapidly escalating and close-range situations. And they can prove deadly to suspects with certain health conditions. “The original infatuation with...

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