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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Winnipeg police pull some tasers out of service over concerns about bigger jolts

December 10, 2008
The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG — Winnipeg police have become the latest law enforcement agency to pull some of its Tasers out of service over concerns they may give a bigger jolt of electricity than specified by the manufacturer.

In a news release, Winnipeg police say recent tests conducted by National Technical Systems determined that a number of devices manufactured before 2005 may conduct a higher electrical current than first thought.

The review applies to all X26 models acquired before 2005.

Law enforcement officials in British Columbia are also pulling those same models out of use.

In Fredericton, N.B., officials say they will test the models that they have, but won't pull them out of service.

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