Durham, N.C. examines policies governing police use of Tasers, excessive force


Anne Blythe
News Observer
January 6, 2014

The Durham Police Department has faced many vexing questions recently in the court of public opinion, from queries about a teen who died in custody to complaints of racial profiling and accusations of excessive force.

One of those topics – allegations of excessive force and the department’s policy on when, where and how to use Taser stun guns – has spilled over to the courts.

A recent ruling in a Taser-use case, filed by Bryan DeBaun against Officer Daniel J. Kuszaj and the city of Durham, has buoyed civil rights advocates and others fighting for more limits on the device.

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