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After receiving Tasers via a Justice Department grant and a 6-1 vote by City Council, the Ypsilanti Police Department has finally had its first Taser deployment.

From the most recent Council Information Letter:

Chief Harshberger reports we had the first Taser deployment on Saturday, April 26th. Officers responded to an incident involving a subject (white male, 53 years old) experiencing mental problems. His girlfriend requested our assistance to commit him to the hospital for a psychological examination (he has a long history of mental issues). He became aggressive toward the officers who repeatedly tried to calm him down by talking with him. He got into a fighting stance and the officers tried to tackle and hold him for handcuffing, but he was too strong and was able to break free. Sgt. Gress deployed the Taser and he immediately went down incapacitated. He was handcuffed without further incident. He was transported to the hospital for evaluation by HVA. Everything went well and by the book. The Taser worked exactly as billed, which kept the officers from fighting with this subject.

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  1. Comment by Gregory Russell Schultz
    May 24, 2008 @ 7:15 pm

    Let this be a lesson to your readers who experience mental problems that want to fight with cops.

  2. Comment by Teaspout
    June 1, 2008 @ 8:58 pm

    Excerpted From

    “Amnesty International is particularly concerned that vulnerable groups such as children, the disabled, pregnant women and people with mental illnesses are also being subjected to electric shocks from TASERs. The organization continues to receive reports of individuals being TASERed while already handcuffed or having been placed in mechanical restraints. It has also received reports of TASERs being used to control unruly or uncooperative schoolchildren.

    Studies conducted over the last year have not met the organization’s criteria for an independent, impartial and comprehensive study. These studies have been limited in scope and methodology and have relied mostly on data provided by a primary manufacturer of the weapons — Taser International — and police departments themselves. None of the studies has included an analysis of the deaths listed in Amnesty International’s reports on TASER use in the United States.”

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