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Coalition Urges Governor Not to Sign Taser Bill


CONTACT: Ron Scott

Coalition Urges Governor Not to Sign Taser Bill

12/15/06—The Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality, which has been engaged in investigation, activism and legislative activities regarding police misconduct over the past ten years, reported that it is very concerned about the passage of House Bill 5435, which would allow the extended use of tasers and stun guns to private citizens and security guards. In the past, the Coalition fought successfully to end the consideration of the placement of tasers in the Detroit Police Department.

“We feel that our efforts were vindicated [in that the Detroit Police Department decided not to utilize tasers],” said Coalition spokesperson Ron Scott. “Many law enforcement agencies around the state and the nation have engaged in vicious, unlawful, and barbaric uses of this instrument against citizens. These efforts have caused deaths and spawned millions of dollars in lawsuits against government entities.”

Scott continued, “We are certainly not trying to limit private citizens from purchasing tasers and stun guns, as they already can over the Internet, but we believe that these individuals should register these potentially lethal items in the same way they would a handgun—and ensure that they receive proper training on its use as well as when use of such weapons would be unsafe.

“The passage of this bill by the Michigan House and Senate comes at the end of the legislative cycle. As such, it will not allow citizens who may differ on its advisability to have full participation in the process, and to possibly present evidence which may point to a more reasonable approach to non-lethal restraint efforts. We are also concerned that public hearings with adequate public notification be held before any such legislation is signed into law.

“The Coalition has been involved in numerous situations where citizens have been injured and/or killed by security guards at commercial facilities. And security personnel too often do not receive adequate training to effectively and safely carry out their responsibilities. Taser use puts them in a position of having to literally make life-or-death decisions.

“We don’t need to give private citizens weaponry to use at their own discretion. Instead, in an emergency, they should do what we would do: contact law enforcement.

“Given that Taser International Corporation has had in the past very close alliances with law enforcement agencies in the promotion of their product, we are also concerned about the corporate motivation behind this legislation.

“We are challenging the Governor not to sign this legislation. It does not have a necessary, beneficial, rational or ethical basis for existence. If such a bill is to be considered, we urge that she, within her 14-day review period withhold signature at least until all members of the public can adequately weigh in on this major piece of legislation,” Scott concluded.




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4 Responses to Coalition Urges Governor Not to Sign Taser Bill

  1. kimberly July 8, 2010 at 8:23 pm #

    These things are not going on crooked cops organization see sheriffs running an HMO dead citizens mean a check cops can collect a check national security can in florida we dont have to be alive why frank bertilloti chose to steal and embezzle funds child molesters are terrorists in the community suicides and shootings mean a check for their crooked organization why his organization new world order chose not just take over social security andmake up socials torturing other people and steal from the us governement making no sense at sun trust banks

  2. kimberly July 8, 2010 at 8:27 pm #

    people are being misidentified by cops have rackets been arreseted here for child molestation and sex trafficking more than this in and near space program a women took off with a embezzled social security check and an identity social all that rented an apartment wih embezzled social security funds a cop pulled up a few weeks into her embezzlement shot her in the head but he did !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!In crystal River florida she wasnt from melbourne florida what is the big deal being from melbourne florida belonged in a mental institution part of your racket too is that it not loffering these are after a bank robbery tellers are taken to these places in handcuffs by crooked cops more brutality too much to list first union banks jennifer harwell brent zellers one of them look at his file

  3. Glenda D. Johnson December 5, 2010 at 6:25 pm #

    I agree. Taser use and purchase should be handled as any handgun would be. The police officer who tasers a citizen can and should be made to use and think of it as a lethal weapon similar to a gun.

  4. ojos Marrero December 16, 2010 at 1:33 pm #

    calling them with detroit police. brutality is never acceptable. what the point in have judge and a procecutor and paying attorneys if they dont listen and they kill my brothers and sisters. with thier own hand

    rest in peace lucas
    ” he was brutaly murdered in Detroit Michgan.”
    Mrs. Marrero.

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