Fed Court Limits Police Use of Tassers

A federal appeals court in California has issued a ruling on the use of Tasers by police officers. The court delved into police officers using the electrical-stun gun for offensive reasons against a fleeing suspect, as opposed to self-defense.

The decision would limit the use of Tasers against low-level offenders who seem to pose little threat and may be mentally ill. The ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals criticized a San Diego County officer who, without warning, shot an emotionally troubled man with a Taser when he was unarmed, yards away, and neither fleeing nor advancing on the officer.

The decision

Steve Lieberman

Steve Lieberman joined The Journal News as an editor in February 1984 and became a reporter during the spring of 1986. He has covered police, courts and legal issues for more than a decade, after reporting on county, town, village and state governments and general issues. He received more than a dozen state awards for writing and reporting. Born and raised in The Bronx, he has lived in Rockland since 1988.