March 04, 2007

THE ISSUE: -- Howard County Police Chief William J. McMahon wants a law banning the use of stun guns in the county to include an exception for public safety officers, including police, sheriffs and corrections officers. The County Council is scheduled to vote on the issue tomorrow. Do you agree that public safety officers should be allowed to use the electronic weapons?

Police use of force must be monitored

It doesn't take much consideration to realize that police use of electronic stun weapons is preferable to a baton, bean bag weapon or firearm.

The real issue is council influence on law enforcement policies regarding the use of force and the array of weapons available to officers.

While Howard County law enforcement agencies are held in high regard, their use of force must be reported for county executive, County Council and public review.

Paul Spause Hanover

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