Court ruling may affect law enforcement taser policies

By Morgan Thomas - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – A recent ruling by a federal appeals court could affect how law enforcement use tasers.  The court ruled that an officer can be held responsible for injuries sustained by a taser.

The case dealt with the tasering of an unarmed man during a traffic stop. The Angelina County Sheriff's Office's policies for tasers is the same as the state of Texas. The office uses tasers to immobilize suspects who act threatening or violent toward officers, other people or themselves. The sheriff's office believes they are an important tool in their arsenal.

"So not only is it avoiding injury to an officer, but also to the subject himself," said Chief Deputy Jim Casper of the Angelina County Sheriff's Office.

The court ruling could tighten taser policies where they can only be used when a person is an obvious danger to others, an officer or themselves.

The Sheriff's Office only allows officers to use taser if they take a training course on how and when to use them.

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