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Vt. police chiefs weigh in on statewide Taser policy

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MONTPELIER, Vt. -

Vermont police chiefs say they support a statewide Taser policy, but not pulling stun guns from officers.

The House Committee on Government Operations is taking testimony on a bill creating a statewide policy on use and training for electronic control devices. It follows the death of a Thetford man last year. The medical examiner says he died from a trooper's Taser shot to the chest.

Brandon Police Chief Chris Brickell, who is president of the state police chief's association, says Taser requirements should not be equivalent to those for deadly force.

"To take away a tool that could actually reduce what kind of force we actually use against somebody would just be, I think, a horrible situation for us to face," Brickell said.

Burlington Police Chief Mike Schirling and Winooski Chief Steve McQueen also testified Wednesday. They did have a few issues with small portions of the bill, but added that a statewide policy would help standardize responses.

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