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CMPD Wants New TASERs With More Safety Features

Over the past three-and-a-half years, two people in Charlotte have died after police shocked them with TASERs. Now, Charlotte Mecklenburg Police are looking at spending $1.8 million on new TASERs with more safety features. After the latest death in July, CMPD officers had to hand over their TASERs. The department inspected them and for the most part found they were in good working order. But they're older models. The new ones the department wants have a safety feature that limits TASER shocks to five seconds. One of CMPD's TASER victims was shocked for 37 seconds. The new TASERS also give officers the option to discharge a warning current without actually using the device to shock someone. Police Chief Rodney Monroe says the department negotiated a trade with TASER International, the company that makes the devices. CMPD would trade in the old TASERS and get a $700,000 credit toward new ones. But the city would still have to pay another $1.8 million on top of that. CMPD officials plan to ask city council for the money Monday night. The department is still waiting for the results of an independent review of its TASER policies.