LPD changing tasing recommendations - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/22/09

LPD changing tasing recommendations

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The company that manufacturers tasers for police departments nationwide wants officers to stop aiming the tasers at a suspect's chest. 

Taser International says the shock of the taser does carry a low risk of causing heart attacks when fired at the chest. But the Lubbock Police Department says they are not changing their taser policy. They say they are simply modifying their training recommendations based on the curriculum from the manufacturer.

That tasing policy was at the center of Lubbock's recent taser gun lawsuit. Officer Marsh Blackmore tased L.J. McCallan in a 2006 traffic stop. McCallan claimed it was excessive, Blackmore disagreed, and the jury found in favor of Officer Blackmore.

Wednesday on NewsChannel 11 at 10, we spoke exclusively with a member of the jury. The juror we spoke to says the video does not tell the whole story. "We had the charge from the judge that we had to consider all the evidence. That's the thing we had to consider. Ya'll who saw the video clip, ya'll just have a little bit of the evidence," he said.

Since the story aired, KCBD Facebook fans have been busy leaving their comments. Brandy says "The jury did what they were supposed to, they looked at all the evidence we didn't get to see, and made the right choice. And Ray adds "Tthank you, juror! Yyou did what you were supposed to do, that is evaluate all the evidence not just the short video in the media.

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10/20/09
Jury rules in favor of tasing officer; Plaintiff's family furious
Emotions are high after a Lubbock jury unanimously agreed Lubbock Police Officer Marsh Blackmore did not use excessive force when tasing L.J. McCallan back in 2006.

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