Hurst joins cities reviewing Taser policies

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Hurst is joining the list of North Texas cities that are reviewing their policies on Tasers after confusion over a warning from the manufacturer regarding the risks of using the device.

While the Police Department is not taking Tasers off the streets, the city will ask its lawyers to again conduct an overall review of the department’s response-to-resistance practices and policies, Assistant Police Chief Richard Winstanley said in a news release.

“We have previously been informed of TASER International’s recommendations and through training, practices and policies, as well as legal review on the use of Tasers; we believe we have made appropriate changes,” Winstanley said.

“We will continue to be vigilant in our review and analysis of the law, our practices and policies, as well as any recommendations from the manufacturer to ensure the safety of our officers and the community,” he said.

The Mansfield Police Department banned the use of Tasers three weeks ago after they received what they perceived to be a heightened factory warning that began accompanying Tasers this year.

That warning, along with a memo from a law firm that represents about 40 North Texas cities, persuaded Burleson, Crowley, Kennedale, North Richland Hills and Richland Hills to review their policies on conducted electrical weapons, or CEWs.

Taser says the dust-up over its products is a misunderstanding. The product warning that was posted in March, and that accompanies the devices, is basically the same one used since 2009, the company says.

Max B. Baker, 817-390-7714 Twitter:@MaxBBaker

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