Selma Police Now Equipped With Tasers

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By George McDonald

From the West Alabama Newsroom--  Police officers in Selma are now patrolling city streets equipped with new stun guns.

Chief William Riley says patrol officers have been trained on how to use the tasers -- and the policies in place regarding their use. One of the policies -- requires that a video recorder be on -- any time a taser is used by an officer.

Riley says each officer was also required to take a hit from their new weapon as a part of their training. "Every officer that's going to carry a taser was tased," said Riley.

"Why, did we tase them? That gives them an idea of what the mechanism can do. What the affect is going to be and for them to get an understanding of -- when you tase somebody this is what's going to happen,"he said.

The city decided to buy tasers after a police officer shot and killed a man who charged at him with a hatchet back in December.

Riley said right now about half of the officers on the force are equipped with the new weapon.