Houston mayor calls for TASER study
The Associated Press
HOUSTON- Houston's mayor has called for an independent study of the city police department's use of Tasers, two weeks after officers zapped a pro football player with the weapon.
Activists have been calling for a study or moratorium on Taser use. They argue blacks are a disproportionate target of the devices, which use jolts of electricity to subdue combative suspects.
On Nov. 14, an officer used a Taser to subdue Houston Texans lineman Fred Weary during a traffic stop. Police reports said the 29-year-old "became verbally combative and extremely argumentative."
Weary denied any wrongdoing and a judge subsequently dismissed charges of resisting arrest.
Police commanders review each case involving a Taser, White said, but a study could help assure the community that the devices aren't used "based on stereotypes."