June 10, 2008
NYPD Advised to Expand Taser Program
The NYPD could prevent some police-related shootings from escalating into deadly confrontations like the Sean Bell case by giving cops Tasers, a new report says.
Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly hired the high-powered Rand Corp. to review weapons training six weeks after officers fired a combined 50 rounds at Bell and his pals in November 2006 in Queens.
A review of 455 police-involved shootings found 25 cases - including three fatalities - where Tasers might have prevented the gunplay, according to Rand's 114-page study released yesterday. The study did not review the Sean Bell shooting.
"If a Taser had been used, the situation would not have progressed to the point where guns were necessary," said Bernard Rostker, who directed the $350,000, 16-month review.
Continue reading article here. [Brooks Holland]
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