| May 10, 2012
| 10:50 AM
The Connecticut Police Chiefs Association has routinely opposed any statewide regulation or standards over police use of Tasers, despite growing concerns across the nation about the potential for misuse of cop stun guns.
A new medical study published...
| Jun 13, 2012
| 11:13 AM
A complaint filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court alleges that officers from four police departments contributed to the death of 61-year-old Robert Neill of Mount Joy by stunning him multiple times with Tasers when responding to Neill’s early-...
| Dec 19, 2010
A mentally ill person who hasn't taken his medicine is brought to a hospital emergency department and begins cursing and throwing wild punches at nurses and doctors. Is that person a patient needing firm, appropriate health care or a potential criminal...
| Dec 21, 2011
| 9:01 AM
CORONADO, Calif. -- Coronado police have been testing a small helmet-mounted camera with their traffic enforcement officers and shared the details behind the technology and their experiences with the media, Tuesday.
The recording device, called the AXON,...
| Jun 26, 2012
| 6:54 PM
Modesto Police have a new way to keep an eye on crime and fellow officers. They’re small, light-weight, durable video cameras that attach to an officer’s lapel, helmet, or glasses and records the officer’s point of view.
The cameras are...
| Oct 19, 2011
| 2:42 PM
There’s a new report out by the New York Civil Liberties Union warning that police in that state are “consistently misusing and overusing Tasers.”
An NYCLU official said the organization’s study “shows that police officers...
| Nov 14, 2011
Those who have been through a Taser zap describe it has five seconds of pure pain, having 50-thousand volts of electricity pumped through the body.
But, it isn't just the public or suspects who are Tasered. For some in law enforcement it is a required...
| Jul 24, 2012
Often, a story answers some questions and then leads to a few more.
In January, the Tribune published my story detailing a steep rise in police use of Tasers in the suburbs. Just after that story ran, I sat down with editors to brainstorm other...
| Feb 13, 2009
Jack Cover, an aerospace scientist who invented the Taser stun gun -- a device used by thousands of law enforcement agencies to subdue unruly offenders with electrical shocks -- has died. He was 88.
Cover had Alzheimer's disease and died of pneumonia...
| Aug 13, 2008
| 6:09 PM
Ruling in a racially explosive case that some forensic experts have described as police torture, a grand jury in the small Louisiana town of Winnfield indicted a white police officer Wednesday on charges of manslaughter and official malfeasance for...
| Jun 27, 2008
| 10:57 AM
With a push of a button, Carol Jara is ready to zap an attacker with her new stun gun.
She considered getting a handgun, but decided against it.
"I don't feel that comfortable thinking that I could kill someone," said Jara, 26, who lives in Miami and...