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The Chicago police stun gun policy changes, have officials of the union balking

A Taser x26 stun gun is displayed at the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office in Pontiac, Michigan., Dec. 12, 2006.

(Associated Press)

The Chicago Police department is sued for the rewrite of the rules on the officers of the use of stun guns – without the contribution of the police of the city of the union.

The police now stop the use of stun guns on people who are running away in a daze, or vulnerable to injury.

The more stringent policy of augustus an examination of the Chicago Tribune on the department dependence of the devices, the newspaper of Monday.

Following controversies officers alleged abuse of power, Superintendent of the Chicago police Eddie Johnson to review the department policy and introduced the rules in May and adopted them in October, the report said.

Critics assailed the policy too lenient, while the union representing rank-and-file police conducted the department does not have the right to change the rules without his input, according to the report.

So, the new policy with a current challenge of the union. It filed a complaint with the Illinois Labor Relations Board, arguing that the department violated the union’s collective bargaining rights by the introduction of new rules without negotiation, the Tribune reported.

Chicago Police Department, a tighter policy on Taser use, the rewriting of the rules to discourage officers from shocking people who are running away or otherwise vulnerable to injury https://t.co/QT6JTlR3vM pic.twitter.com/AvUe5ApTNY

— Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) December 25, 2017

Craig Futterman, University of Chicago law professor, is suing the police over his behaviour, and said that the new policy does not go far enough. He told the newspaper that the advice of the officials to avoid shocking people with a stun gun in certain situations, it is a half measure.

“They still refuse to stop telling … officers that it’s OK to Taser people who pose no immediate threat to anyone,” he said. “You need hard and fast rules.”

Taser is a brand of the stun gun manufactured by Axon, an Arizona company.

On the other hand, Geoffrey Alpert, an expert on the use of force and criminal justice professor at the University of South Carolina, called the department’s move, but said it was worth little without proper training, supervision and discipline.

The changes are also from the Chicago police have acquired more stun guns. Frank Giancamilli, a Police spokesman in Chicago, told the newspaper that the department had 745 in 2015, and has about 4,000 now.

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