• Vermont solons call for police stun gun training
    May 09,2014

    MONTPELIER — The Vermont House has agreed to Senate changes in a bill calling for enhanced police training on the use of electronic stun guns.

    Legislative action comes nearly two years after a 39-year-old Thetford man, MacAdam Mason, died of heart failure after being struck in the chest by a state trooper’s stun gun.

    Under the bill, the state’s Law Enforcement Advisory Board to study whether police carrying stun guns also should be required to wear body cameras that would record their actions.

    The bill also calls for statewide collection of data on the race of people stopped by police to be used in anti-bias training for officers.

    The bill now goes to Gov. Peter Shumlin, who is expected to sign it.

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