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BART officers get Tasers back after two-month suspension
Contra Costa Times ^ | 6/8/10 | Kimberly Chua

Posted on 06/08/2010 3:11:37 PM PDT by SmithL

The BART Police Department will return Tasers to its officers, two months after suspending use of the stun guns to update department policies and retrain officers.

"The policy was revised so there's only one way to carry a Taser, versus three," said BART spokesman Linton Johnson.

Officers now must carry the stun guns on their "weak" — nondominant — side, or they can choose not to carry one altogether. This has always been an option, but all officers have been trained on how to use them, according to Johnson.

The temporary suspension of Tasers went into effect mid-April of this year, following two court rulings limiting use of the stun guns to defensive purposes. While the suspension was originally expected to last two weeks, it was delayed due to a back order on the holsters, . . .

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; US: California
KEYWORDS: bart; taser

1 posted on 06/08/2010 3:11:37 PM PDT by SmithL
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