September 24, 2020

Should the police be armed with Tasers?

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Yesterday we revealed how police on the streets of Cayman may soon be armed with Taser guns.

The weapon fires 35,000 volts of electricity and can leave a suspect incapacitated without doing any permanent damage.

We asked the people on Cayman whether they thought arming the police with these “shock-guns” was a good idea.

Addison Stoddart, 32, from Red Bay:

“Tasers should only be used as a deterrent to crime, not on a regular basis.

“It can be really dangerous when used under the wrong circumstances. Other than that, I see no problem with it.”

Allan Perez, 34, from George Town:

“The police should be more aggressive towards crime, the Taser is not enough.

“Someone could be robbing you with a gun, if the police show up with Tasers, then what next?

“The robbers will take advantage of the situation.”

Johan Bueschebaer, 64, from George Town:

“Tasers will give the police more defensive capabilities. The Taser is necessary, the economy is bad, and burglary is going up.

The police need to have more than just a stick.”

Christopher Ebanks, 37, from George Town:

“I would ask are the police going to be properly trained? Are the police going to be responsible with the Tasers?’

“Some police officers are not very good, and I would rather them having a Taser rather than a firearm, since the Taser is not considered a lethal force.”

Shelly Ebanks, 42, from George Town:

“Having a properly trained task force is a good idea. Tasers are ok, but for every officer?

“The use of a Taser is a big responsibility and officers need to be able to exercise restraint when in possession of them.”

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