Stun guns used 50 times in 18 monthsOctober 06,2012
COLCHESTER — Records show Vermont State Police troopers fired electronic stun guns 10 times in the past 18 months at people threatening suicide or at others experiencing a mental health crisis.
State police say the weapons were deployed a total of 50 times in that period.
Vermont Public Radio reported it asked for the information under the state’s open records law.
The request came after a Thetford man died in June after police used a stun gun on him.
Police say electronic weapons reduce injuries and allow them to make arrests or defend themselves without resorting to firearms.
But people like AJ Reuben, a lawyer for Disability Rights Vermont, have challenged the use, saying that when a person is suicidal, mentally impaired or emotionally distraught, he or she may not fully understand what’s going on.MORE IN This Just InThe National Retail Federation, based in Washington, D.C., recently named Rep.Peter Welch, D-Vt. Full Story
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