Report: More ‘disturbed’ people shot with stun guns by cops

A stun gun (file).

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A new report says more emotionally disturbed people and children were shot or threatened with stun guns by Connecticut police in 2016 compared with the previous year.

Analysts at Central Connecticut State University released the report Thursday. It says officers statewide drew their stun guns 542 times, an 11 percent decrease from 2015. Of the people shot or threatened with stun guns, 38 percent were emotionally disturbed, compared with 33 percent in 2015.

Officers also pulled their stun guns on 37 children under 18 years old and shot 13 of them in 2016, the report said. Police drew their stun guns on 22 children and shot nine of them the previous year.

Police officials say officers only fire their stun guns to protect themselves and others.

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

WTNH NEWS8 provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Also, you can now block any inappropriate user by simple selecting the drop down menu on the right of any comment and selection "Block User" from there.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s