Tarrant Sheriff Declines to Adopt Tasers

Monday, Oct 12, 2009  |  Updated 10:00 AM CDT
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Tarrant Sheriff Declines to Adopt Tasers

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Sheriff Anderson is worried that for people who have health issues or who have used alcohol or drugs, the electric shock could be deadly.

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The sheriff of Tarrant County is bucking the trend of issuing Tasers to his deputies even as Texas' largest metropolitan law enforcement agencies continue to adopt the use of the weapon.

Sheriff Dee Anderson said he was concerned that an officer might cause someone's death with a Taser. Anderson said he conducted his own research in which Tasers were used. He said in cases where people have health issues or who have used alcohol or drugs, the electric shock could be deadly.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports Anderson sought advice from Tarrant County Medical Examiner Dr. Nizam Peerwani in making his decision.

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