MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Senate has given preliminary approval calling for statewide training standards for police who carry electronic control devices, or stun guns.
Sen. Eldred French, a Rutland County Democrat, describes the bill as stronger than a House-passed version because it more tightly limits the instances in which police officers will be authorized to use their Tasers.
The Senate version says a person must be acting in a way likely to injure him or herself or others before being subjected to a stun gun. The House version more broadly defined resistance to a police officer's orders.
The Senate debate featured discussion of whether police should also be equipped with cameras they would wear on their bodies. The bill calls for a study, but some Senators wanted cameras deployed along with Tasers.
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