MANSFIELD (CBSDFW.COM) –The Mansfield Police Department has discontinued the use of all Taser guns, according to spokesman for the department, Thad Penkala.
The decision to discontinue the use of Tasers was made by Chief of Police Gary L. Fowler after reviewing recommendations provided to the department by general counsel for the city.READ MORE: Texas Secretary Of State's Office Announces Full Forensic Audit Of 2020 General Election in Four Texas Counties
It is not known if the department will consider utilizing stun guns at a future date.
Four other police departments in North Texas are opting out to turn in their Taser guns. Police departments in Richland Hills, Crowley, Murphy and Burleson have changed their stun gun policies, too.
The changes in policy comes after dozens of lawsuits were filed this year involving Tasers, also called conducted electrical weapons or ‘CEW’s’.READ MORE: Juan Navarro, Jr. Sentenced To 35+ Years For Pornographic Images Of Six-Year-Olds
Most of the lawsuits filed, according to attorney Pete Schulte, are filed against the city involved in the incident, the police department, officer involved and Taser International, which makes the stun guns.
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