- Associated Press - Thursday, September 17, 2015

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Police in a central Illinois college town are renewing an 11-year-old request to arm officers with stun guns.

The (Champaign) News-Gazette (bit.ly/1Khx3V0 ) reports that the Champaign City Council on Tuesday voted 6-3 in favor of asking police leaders to draft a bill with a formal request to purchase 25 Tasers.

A similar request in 2004 was scrapped after community protests.

Police Chief Anthony Cobb says that improved technology has made the weapons safer, including built-in devices that record both audio and video.

Unlike the 2004 debate, the topic drew a small crowd to the council meeting.



City officials report that Champaign has summoned neighboring police departments that arm their officers with stun guns 12 times since 2004 when Tasers were needed.

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