Wake County deputies in North Carolina will now have to go hands-on with unruly suspects, thanks to a policy change that forbids the use of tasers.
Sheriff Gerald Baker announced the change of policy, one of many that were enacted on Tuesday.
The decision was based on a 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that tasers may be seen as an unconstitutionally excessive force in some situations.
Rather than risk liability and implement new policies concerning the use of tasers, the law enforcement agency has simply determined that it will discontinue use of the nonlethal devices once they exceed their shelf life.
According to WRAL, legal advisers for the County remarked that deputies weren’t happy with the decision, but are still willing to do their job.
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