Last year, we covered the story of a mentally ill man who was killed when police officers shot him with a Taser device. Now the man's death has prompted legislators to take action to prevent similar tragedies in the future. The man who died was a Vermont resident, but Montana law enforcement officers also use stun guns, so the issues are relevant in our state as well.
In Montana and throughout the country, the use of Taser devices by law enforcement has increased based on the assumption that Tasers ultimately protect police officers, the public and the person being stunned. But there are also cases in which a Taser seems to have been the cause of death, though Taser companies and police departments certainly do what they can to discourage that perception.