Courts & Crime

December 29, 2009 7:08 AM

Federal appeals court sets limits on police use of Tasers

The ruling, which applies only to the western United States, is one of the harshest to date in questioning the increasing use of Tasers by police departments. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said a police officer in San Diego County, Calif., employed "excessive force" when without warning he shot an emotionally troubled man with a Taser when the man was unarmed, yards away, and neither fleeing nor advancing.

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