05/07/2012

Supreme Court to weigh police use of TASERs

Justices may decide whether force excessive

Michael Doyle
Knoxville News-Sentinel

WASHINGTON — Malaika Brooks was seven months pregnant when a Seattle police officer stunned her with a Taser. Hawaii resident Jayzel Mattos was at home when she, too, got zapped by police.

Now, the Supreme Court is being asked to consider for the first time police use of Tasers. With more than 11,000 agencies nationwide arming officers with the stun guns, the time may be getting ripe for settling questions about when electrical force becomes excessive.

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