- Associated Press - Thursday, August 4, 2016

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) - An independent review of stun gun incidents in Montgomery County has determined that police are not overusing the weapon.

The study was commissioned this year by county executive Isiah Leggett after The Baltimore Sun published an article about people in Maryland who have died after stun gun encounters with police since 2009. In the article, Montgomery County was cited four times.

The review was conducted by University of South Carolina professor and expert on police use of force Geoffrey Alpert, and covered 2014 and 2015. Alpert says he saw one case involving a fatality, but that it wasn’t necessarily due to the stun gun.

Alpert complimented Montgomery officers, saying stun gun use is not the “‘go to’ weapon or ‘weapon of choice’ that is found in so many police departments.”



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