Taser moratorium sought in Texas
UPI | February 23, 2005
HOUSTON -- The American Civil Liberties Union wants Texas police departments to stop using Taser guns until policies and training can be reviewed.
The state ACLU proposed the moratorium, in part, because a Houston mental patient died Friday after being shocked by a Taser, the Houston Chronicle reported Wednesday.
Joel Casey died on his 52nd birthday after being shocked while fighting with county constables. The exact cause of death has not been determined.
Police later learned Casey had a history of heart problems and hepatitis B.
Precinct 1 Chief Deputy J.C. Mosier said deputies would not have used a Taser on Casey had they known of his heart problems. He doesn't believe the Taser shock was responsible for Casey's death.
Local law enforcement agencies polled by the Chronicle said they had no plans to stop using the Tasers, which they said are a valuable tool on the streets.
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