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.