$300K Gift to Police Criticized
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WASHINGTON -- The nation's largest association of police chiefs, which has advised thousands of its members on the appropriate use of stun guns, accepted a $300,000 donation from the foundation associated with Taser International, the biggest supplier of stun guns to law enforcement.
The contribution to the International Association of Chiefs of Police Foundation (IACP), the organization's philanthropic arm, represents the latest in a series of controversial relationships Taser has established with police, the primary source of the Arizona- based company's lucrative business.
The rapid deployment of stun guns across the nation and questions related to their safety prompted the IACP in 2007 to publish guidelines for "selecting, acquiring and using" the devices.
The study, titled "Electro-Muscular Disruption Technology: A Nine- Step Strategy for Effective Deployment," was funded by the Justice Department.
And as recently as this year, the IACP cited the increasing use of stun guns in a separate report on police use-of-force issues. …