Deputies see Tasers as crime deterrent


The Ventura County Sheriff's Department is slowly phasing in stun guns, adding Tasers to its arsenal of nonlethal weapons.
According to sheriff's department spokesperson Capt. Ron Nelson, Tasers are safer to use than beanbag rounds on suspects who refuse to comply with deputies' orders. They also reduce the need for deputies to employ deadly force to subdue suspects.
Since 1997, the department has looked for new ways to deal with noncompliant criminal suspects, some of...

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