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Appeals court limits police use of Tasers

Appeals court limits police use of Tasers

A federal appeals court has set down strict guidelines for when police officers in some western states may use Tasers.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled this week that a Coronado, California, police officer used excessive force when he used his Taser on an unarmed, nonviolent suspect. The unanimous three-judge panel upheld a trial court's decision allowing the suspect, Carl Bryan, to pursue his lawsuit against the city, police department and officer.
The appeals court says police should use a Taser only in threatening situations because it inflicts more pain than other so-called nonlethal weapons at an officer's disposal.
Experts expect some police departments will have to change their Taser policies if the decision stands.
The 9th circuit court covers several western states, including California, and the decision extends only to its jurisdiction. It wasn't yet clear whether the city of Coronado would appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court, which could lead to a nationwide precedent.


Updated : 2021-06-15 02:39 GMT+08:00