Stun guns data releasedOctober 06,2012Records show Vermont State Police troopers fired electronic stun guns 10 times in past 18 months at people threatening suicide or at others experiencing a mental health crisis.
State police said 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 said electronic weapons reduce injuries and allow them to make arrests or defend themselves without resorting to firearms.
But people like A.J. Reuben, a lawyer for Disability Rights Vermont, have challenged the use, saying when a person is suicidal, mentally impaired or emotionally distraught, they may not fully understand what’s going on.MORE IN This Just InPolice and rescue personnel are responded to an accident on Strongs Avenue with an injury at 4:30 p. Full StoryCASTLETON — Castleton College head football coach Marc Klatt has resigned after three years... Full Story
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