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Monday, November 23, 2009

New Jersey Attorney General set rules to police stun-gun use

November 23, 2009
The Associated Press

Police officers in New Jersey can use stun guns under limited circumstances, according to rules issued by Attorney General Anne Milgram.

Milgram said trained officers can use them on armed, emotionally disturbed persons who refuse to surrender. The prohibit officers from using stun guns to get people to move, get on the ground or exit a vehicle.

Police also can't use the guns on handcuffed suspects or against a person on an elevated surface.

Milgram said it's prudent to have "adequate controls, training and accountability."

The size of the police department will determine the number of officers authorized to carry the weapons.

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