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Salisbury City Council Approves Taser Purchases

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SALISBURY, Md.- At Monday night's Salisbury City Council meeting, the council approved the purchase of the police force's first electronic control devices, more commonly known as Tasers.

The Salisbury Police Department will spend $12,500 to buy nine devices for a pilot program.

"It's a good idea just because of the safety to the cops and then they don't have to worry about oh should I shoot them, should I not? The Taser is not going to kill somebody so it will protect the cops more," Jessica Bowie said.

Assistant Police Chief Ivan Barkley says the devices will also protect the public.

"It's also going to mean fewer citizens injured and fewer reports of excessive reports from citizens," he said.

But some people say using a Taser is excessive force.

"There's other ways of stopping somebody without having to electrocute them or shoot them with a gun or Taser or anything else," Tonya McIntyre said. "I mean they've got canines."

David Marquez hopes to have a career in law enforcement and he says he'd carry a Taser.

"I'd rather fire a Taser than fire a firearm, especially in a lot of cases, so I think it's a great idea personally," Marquez said.

The Salisbury Police Department says the devices they will be buying will be equipped with cameras.

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