The Florida Parent Teacher Association is calling on state lawmakers to limit their use to situations that would otherwise require deadly force.
The 50,000 volt stun guns fire barbed prongs that deliver the zap and drop the suspect in his tracks. Their use on school campuses has become increasingly controversial.
High school senior Bud Baker is just one of many Floridians who worry police are too quick to taser troublesome teens.
Bud says, "I feel if they see a kid acting up, that they will use a taser more than if they see an adult acting up or maybe an adult white male, other than a young black teenager.”
Lawmakers will take up several bills several bills on tasers this spring aimed at restricting their use. Some ban tasers completely on school grounds. Others allow tasers, but only in specific circumstances.
Tallahassee Police Chief Walt McNeil is backing a bill that allows tasers to be used on students only if the student is resisting arrest and is capable of physically harming the officer or others.
Walt McNeil says, "What they do is give the law enforcement officer an alternative to deadly force, which obviously is a better situation for us to be in."
This year the bill has picked up the support of the Police Benevolent Association and the Florida Sheriff’s Association, which gives it a better shot at passing than it had last session when police successfully killed it.
The bill that would limit taser use to situations where the student is resisting arrest and is capable of hurting the officer or others unanimously passed a Senate committee last week.
It must pass one more committee before it could go to the full Senate for a vote. The legislative session begins in March.
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