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Mansfield Police Department Discontinues Use Of Tasers

MANSFIELD (CBSDFW.COM) -The Mansfield Police Department has discontinued the use of all Taser guns, according to spokesman for the department, Thad Penkala.

The decision to discontinue the use of Tasers was made by Chief of Police Gary L. Fowler after reviewing recommendations provided to the department by general counsel for the city.

A sales person demonstates a Taser gun at the Nations Gunshow on November 21, 2009 in Chantilly, Virginia. (credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

It is not known if the department will consider utilizing stun guns at a future date.

Four other police departments in North Texas are opting out to turn in their Taser guns. Police departments in Richland Hills, Crowley, Murphy and Burleson have changed their stun gun policies, too.

The changes in policy comes after dozens of lawsuits were filed this year involving Tasers, also called conducted electrical weapons or 'CEW's'.

Most of the lawsuits filed, according to attorney Pete Schulte, are filed against the city involved in the incident, the police department, officer involved and Taser International, which makes the stun guns.

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