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Review finds Taser is not 'go-to' weapon for Montgomery County police; critics say report ignores problems

Review finds Taser is not 'go-to' weapon for Montgomery County police; critics say report ignores problems

An independent review of Taser incidents in Montgomery County determined that police there are not overusing the electronic weapon — a finding that drew criticism from civil liberties activists and relatives of a Gaithersburg man who died in 2013 after being shot by Tasers far more than safety limits allowed.

The report by a South Carolina criminologist found that Montgomery County police have deployed Tasers appropriately over the past two years and that the department's policies should be a model for police agencies across the nation.

The department, which has an arsenal of 565 Tasers, used the weapons 59 times last year and 63 times in 2014 — significant...

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