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Kennedale one of several cities reviewing taser policy

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Part of this story was from an article in the Fort Worth Star Telegram

BY ELIZABETH CAMPBELL AND ROBERT CADWALLADER

??Mansfield?s Police Department is no longer using Tasers, and several other North Texas cities are reviewing their policies regarding stun guns because of confusion over a manufacturer?s warning about the lethal nature of the devices.

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Mansfield Police Chief Gary Fowler banned Tasers about three weeks ago, {{more}}saying he was uncomfortable with what he called heightened factory warnings that began accompanying Tasers and other electric stun guns this year.
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Those same warnings, along with a memo from a local law firm that represents about 40 other North Texas cities, led Burleson, Crowley, Kennedale, North Richland Hills and Richland Hills to at least review their policies regarding stun guns, or conductive electrical weapons, or CEWs.
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Kennedale Police Chief Tommy Williams said that he personally was comfortable with the department?s policy on permitted use but the city needed to carefully review all the information that was out there. He said that he did not want an officer’s acceptable use of a taser to be legally challenged. Williams indicated that the policy review will likely be finished sometime in November.
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In the meantime, the Tasers are locked up at the station.
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