NAACP calls for cameras on police stun guns

Connecticut's chapter of the NAACP demanded Friday that police stun guns be equipped with cameras. The move comes after an auto accident on I-95 in West Haven this week where police deployed a Taser

News 12 Staff

Feb 27, 2016, 3:46 AM

Updated 3,068 days ago

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Connecticut's chapter of the NAACP demanded Friday that police stun guns be equipped with cameras.
The move comes after an auto accident on I-95 in West Haven this week where police deployed a Taser on an injured man who later died. 
State police say Thomas Lane was belligerent after the crash. He allegedly broke a firefighter's fingers. But his family says they want to know whether officers should have used a Taser in that situation.
Lane sustained head injuries in the crash, which left his car torn apart. Police say he fought with firefighters responding to the scene, and officers used a stun gun to force him out of the car.
He later died at the hospital.
Some Tasers are equipped with cameras already. In video recorded in Nashville, the camera starts automatically when an officer points the weapon at someone.
Redding Police Chief Douglas Fuchs says he tested Taser cameras several years ago, but decided against them, favoring body cameras.
"Capturing the entire event on camera? Good thing," he says. "Capturing a 30-second snapshot when an officer chooses to deploy the Taser because he's gotten to that point -- you're only going to get that 30-second window."


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