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Electronic Control Weapons

TN Officer Trapped in Suspect’s Vehicle Fatally Shoots Driver

After repeated requests to stop the car, warnings, and a taser deployment, Allen continued to drive away with the officer trapped in the car. This resulted in an officer-involved shooting, and the car came to a stop.

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BWC Shows LAPD Officer Deploying Taser to Stop Man Advancing with Swords

The suspect did not comply with repeated commands to drop the sword. The video shows an officer deploy his taser as the man advances with two swords pointed forward at the officer.

Man Who Evaded Arrest in FL Swamp, Fails to Escape on Lawnmower

A Florida man who jumped into a swamp to avoid Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office deputies trying to serve him warrants last January was not as successful Saturday when he put a John Deere riding lawnmower into high gear and tried to outrun pursuing deputies. Deputies tased the 40-year-old man when he tried the lawnmower getaway.

Brooklyn Center, MN, Agrees to $3.25M Settlement in Shooting Death

The settlement won't be finalized until there is an agreement on "substantial and meaningful non-monetary relief," which could include additional training for officers.

Federal Police Reform Bill Calls ECWs "Deadly Force"

The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives and the Virginia Sheriffs’ Association said the bill shows a misunderstanding of stun guns and why they are used and will likely result in officers instead just going for their firearms.

Oklahoma Officers Use ECD on Man Advancing with "Samurai" Sword

Officers with the Moore (OK) Police Department used an electronic control device (ECD) to end a potentially deadly confrontation with a man armed with a sword.

British Officer Faces Murder Charge for In-Custody Death Involving ECD

An officer with the West Mercia Police Service in England now faces a murder charge in the death of a retired professional soccer player in 2016.

A 2030 Vision

Can less-lethal weapons advance to the point that police can use them instead of deadly force? Axon's Rick Smith believes they can.

3 Major Agencies to Deploy Axon's Officer Safety Plan 7+

Axon announced that the Atlanta and Baltimore City Police Departments, both Major Cities Chiefs Association members, will deploy Axon's new TASER 7 weapons and Axon Body 3 cameras as part of Axon's new Officer Safety Plan 7+ (OSP 7+). Orange County (FL) Sheriff's Office will also deploy TASER 7 weapons on OSP 7+.

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ECDs and Use-of-Force Law

A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, which applies to five states, emphasizes the use of TASERs as tools for protection, not for compelling compliance.

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