DKPD a moment in history An Electrifying event !


WEARING BAGGY PANTS THAT EXPOSE UNDERWEAR. A TASK FORCE SCHEDULED TO TALK ABOUT THAT IDEA AT A MEETING TOMORROW EVENING.>>>DEKALB COUNTY POLICE TOOK ANOTHER STEP TOWARD THE POSSIBILITY OF PUTTING TASERS BACK ON THE STREET TODAY, AND IT INVOLVES SHOOTING SEVERAL OFFICERS WITH THE TASER. IT’S AN IMPORTANT ISSUE FOR A DEPARTME THAT WAS IN THE NEWS LAST YEAR FOR THE NUMBER OF SUSPECTS ITS OFFICERS SHOT. CHANNEL 2 INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER MARK WINNE JOINS US LIVE FROM THE POLICE ACADEMY.>>REPORTER: DEKALB POLICE CHIEF TERRELL BOLTON TOLD ME TODAY THAT BY THIS TIME LAST YEAR DEKALB POLICE HAD SHOT NINE PEOPLE. HE SAID SO FAR THIS YEAR THERE HAS BEEN ONE, BUT HE SAYS A TASER MAY HAVE PREVENTED THAT.>>FELT LIKE I GOT HIT IN THE BACK WITH A SLEDGE HAMMER.>>LIKE A JACK HAMMER.>>FELT LIKE A FREIGHT TRAIN HITTING YOU.>>I FELT LIKE I WANTED TO RUN, BUT I COULDN’T.>>REPORTER: A MORNING JOLT, AND WE DON’T MEAN COFFEE. DEKALB POLICE ACADEMY, THE IDEA –>>IT’S REDUCING INJURIES TO OFFICERS.>>REPORTER: SERGEANT ART SAYS IT’S TO TRAIN THE TRAINEES. TRAINING INSTRUCTORS WHO WILL TEACH OFFICERS TO USE TASER ELECTRONIC DEVICES IF THEY ARE DEPLOYED TO OFFICERS.>>THAT’S GOOD TRAINING.>>REPORTER: IT’S KNOWING FIRSTHAND WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO HAVE THOSE TWO BARBS SLAM INTO YOUR BACK AND THE CURRENT COURSE THROUGH YOU.>>IF YOU DO IT TO A SUSPECT, YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT IT FEELS LIKE SO YOU DON’T OVERUSE IT.>>PULL IT FAST.>>THE LIKELIHOOD OF ABUSE DECREASES IF YOU’VE GONE THROUGH THE EXPERIENCE YOURSELF.>>REPORTER: THE CHIEF SAYS IF THE COUNTY COMMISSION APPROVES FUNDING, EVERY DEKALB OFFICER ON THE STREET WILL BE ISSUED A TASER.>>EVERY OFFICER THAT WILL BE ISSUED — WOULD BE ISSUED A TASER WILL EXPERIENCE THE DISCHARGE OF A TASER.>>REPORTER: SUGGESTS THE TASER IS NOT THE END-ALL CURE FOR EVERY SITUATION. WILL PEOPLE SURVIVE THAT WOULDN’T OTHERWISE?>>YES, SIR. IN FACT, WE’VE RECENTLY HAD A MEETING THAT HAD WE HAD THE TASER ON THE SCENE AND BEEN ABLE TO GET IT AND DEPLOY IT QUICKLY ENOUGH, WE PROBABLY WOULD HAVE NEVER USED LETHAL FORCE ON THE INDIVIDUAL.>>REPORTER: NOW, NO QUESTION, THERE IS CONTROVERSY ABOUT THE TASER. OTHER SYSTEMS MAY HAVE ADVANTAGES IN CERTAIN SITUATIONS. ASK YOURSELF, THOUGH, IF YOU GET HIT BY ONE OF THESE, YOU KNOW, HOW LONG IS THE PAIN GOING TO LAST, WHEN WILL IT GO AWAY. THE SENSE I GET IS THAT IF ALL GOES RIGHT WITH THE TASER, THE PAIN SUBSIDES SOON AFTER THE DISCHARGE IS OVER. I GOT A LITTLE FIRSTHAND EXPERIENCE TODAY. I WAS SHOT WITH A TASER, WE PLAN TO TALK MORE ABOUT THAT ON CHANNEL 2 ACTION NEWS AT 6:00.>>THANK YOU, MARK.>>>NOW MORE DETAILS ON THE POLICE INCIDENTS BEHIND THE TASER POLICY CHANGE. DEKALB COUNTY POLICE WERE INVOLVED IN NEARLY TWO DOZEN POLICE SHOOTINGS IN 2006, AND THE SUSPECT DIED IN 12 OF THOSE CASES. A SPECIAL GRAND JURY HAS BEEN INVESTIGATING, BUT IN EACH OF THOSE CASES, POLICE RULED THE OFFICERS WERE JUSTIFIED IN THEIR USE OF FORCE.>>>OUR COUNTY-BY-COUNTY COVERAGE BEGINNING IN DEKALB COUNTY THIS EVENING WHERE MAJOR CHANGES ARE ON THE WAY TO DOZENS OF SCHOOLS. SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT CRAWFORD LEWIS WANTS TO ADD SIX NEW PROGRAMS IN AT LEAST 38 SCHOOLS. CHANGES WOULD INCLUDE NEW SINGLE-GENDER SCHOOLS AND SETTING ACADEMIC STANDARDS BEFORE STATE REQUIREMENTS. THE DEKALB SCHOOL BOARD STILL MUST APPROVE THIS PLAN.>>>IN GWINNETT COUNTY, LAWRENCEVILLE POLICE TELL US THEY EXPECT MORE VICTIMS TO COME FORWARD IN A SEXUAL ASSAULT CASE. THREE WOMEN HAVE ACCUSED DR. MOHAMED QURESHI OF IMPROPER TOUCHING DURING EXAMS. DR. QURESHI

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