Vermont group pushes for Taser legislation on anniversary of man's death
By Justin Haas
MONTPELIER, Vermont: A group of speakers, including three state legislators, held a conference at the capitol to push for legislation that would regulate law enforcement's use of Tasers. The conference was held on Thursday, marking the one year anniversary of the incident where a Vermont State Trooper at Macadam Mason, killing the unarmed man.
Representative Anne Donahue said, "Last year, police training improved in terms of cooperation with mental health. But now a year has gone by, and although some pieces have been implemented, we have still no bill, no statute, that provides oversight and addresses the issue."
Donahue went on to say that the legislature intends to work on a bill, sponsored by her, Rep. James Masland, and Mason's neighbor. The bill would establish a policy on Taser training and use that would permit officers to use Tasers only "under the same standards that justify the use of lethal force or that will directly reduce an imminent risk of a person’s death through self-harm," and not "for the primary purpose of subduing an individual, of obtaining compliance or as punishment."
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