The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky has asked Louisville’s police department to change its policies regarding the use of Tasers.
Earlier this month, a Louisville resident was tasered as police tried to break up a fight and he later died. Though the exact cause of the man’s death hasn’t been released, ACLU of Kentucky Executive Director Michael Aldridge says it’s confirmation the devices aren’t ‘non-lethal’, as the manufacturer claims.
“There is a real concern that tasers are being used mainly in cases where deadly force wouldn’t be necessary, and they’re becoming a routine use of enforcement,” says Aldridge.
The ACLU has asked the LMPD to revise its policy to allow officers to use the electro-shock weapons only in circumstances that might require deadly force. Police Chief Robert White said in a statement he continually reviews the department’s policies and will change them when necessary.