Vt. statewide policy on police stun guns in doubt

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MONTPELIER (AP) - Vermont lawmakers appear close to dropping a push for a statewide policy on police use of stun guns like Tasers.

The bill was prompted in part by concern over police use of the electronic weapons after the 2012 death of Macadam Mason of Thetford after a state trooper used a Taser on him.

Some members of the House Government Operations Committee are expressing concern, though, that a new version of the bill is too watered-down to merit their support.

Allen Gilbert, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Vermont chapter, says provisions now under review give police officers so much leeway to use stun guns that it would be better to have no bill at all.


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