Police Chiefs to Study Stun Gun Usage
80 people have died after stun guns were used on them. The country's largest police organization shortly will announce an investigation into stun gun usage and safety.
The International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Justice Department will also study more than 80 deaths to assess the risks in using the weapons, the group said Tuesday. The actions come as civil rights groups and some police agencies question the use of stun guns, which emit electrical charges to temporarily incapacitate suspects. It's the first time a national law enforcement association has called for a review of stun guns.
The Southern Christian Leadership Conference, an interfaith activist group based in Atlanta, has also asked Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to declare a moratorium on the weapon.
And Indiana police say civilians shouldn't be using stun guns.
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