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Taser use restricted in 5 states by US 4th Circuit Court of Appeals

from The Fayetteville Observer

Police officers lacked clear legal guidance on when they may zap people with Tasers, the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals decided, so it made a new rule to restrict their use. If a person is not creating "an immediate safety risk," the court said, officers aren't allowed to shock him with a Taser. The pain it causes is an excessive use of force that violates the person's constitutional rights under the 4th Amendment, it said. The decision applies in the five states in the 4th Circuit: North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. more

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