“If it needs to be tweaked, then we’re going to do whatever the law requires,” she said. “We have a policy that is probably going to be OK. We’ve got a high threshold, but I think the training aspect is going to be very important.”
The weapons, most of which are manufactured by Taser International Inc., can typically be fired from a distance of 25 feet and project two dart-like electrodes. The electrical charge temporarily immobilizes the muscles located between the two darts and, according to the ruling, causes extreme pain.
Controversial Taser incidents have spurred the debate over when officers should be allowed to deploy the weapons, even as advocates point to sharp reductions in the number of injuries resulting from officer confrontations with suspects.