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The chief said those cir cumstances are addressed in the department's policy.
their "continuum of force."
"Just because a suspect is handcuffed, it doesn't keep them from being vio lent," Saratoga Springs Police Chief Christopher Cole said. "We've had numerous times where officers have been kicked or head butted."
He also pointed out that any use of force can be abused.
"They are not over using or misusing them," he said. "They are not trigger happy."
The Saratoga Springs Police Department records examined in the NYCLU report were obtained only after the group successfully sued the city in 2009 over its refusal to release them. That lawsuit cost the city more than $10,000.
"I agree with a few specifics in their report," Cole said. "You need the proper training, procedures and oversight with any use of force. That's something we've done from day one."
According to the NYCLU's report, however, Saratoga Springs Police Department supervisors deemed that instance in particular, and every other instance of taser use that occurred in the time period examined, appropriate uses of force.
Stoughton said cases like that should not happen. A total of 7 percent of the cases statewide reviewed by the NYCLU involved subjects being tased while already handcuffed, some thing she said goes against what taser and law enforce ment experts teach.
In half of the Saratoga Springs cases examined, police officers did not actu ally deploy their tasers, they only pointed them at sus pects and threatened to use them if they did not comply.
State's Civil Liberties Union report reveals tasers often 'misused
Just before 6 one August morning, police used a taser on a man who was already handcuffed on Caroline Street, the report said.
In one arrest report, offi cer Adam French said a combative suspect "looked down and saw the 'red beam' on his chest and calmed down immediately."
"There are certain times where a suspect should not be tased," he said.
"(Officers) have gotten into hand to hand combat, wrestling and rolling around, and they get hurt and the suspect gets hurt," he said. "If they had that available, they could have avoided that physical alter cation."
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Overall, Cole said the weapons are useful tools for the police.
"Is the potential there for misuse or overuse? Sure," Cole said. "But the potential is there for any weapon, whether it is hand to hand or a firearm."
The report criticizes the Saratoga Springs Police Department and other police departments across the state for using tasers on subjects who were already handcuffed.
Saratoga Springs' was one of eight police depart ments included in the report, and it had only 12 instances of taser use between January 2008 and October 2009. In total, 851 instances from 8 police departments were exam ined.
But, when tasers were used in the Spa City, they were not always used according to guidelines set by law enforcement and taser experts, the report says.
While there are dangers to taser use, he has seen the number of injuries in his department dramatically decline since they began using the tasers because officers have that option in Skechers Leather Shoes
Cole said the department evaluated bringing the tasers into the city in the first place.
tased a total of three times, which one officer said "did not seem to have much effect."
"We started off slowly," he said. "It wasn't some thing we just jumped into."
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as evi dence Saratoga Springs police have used their tasers with restraint.
does not see the weapons as non lethal. "They are less lethal, but any weapon can cause serious injury or death," he said.
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"It isn't a large percent age, but the fact that it is happening at all is a serious problem," she said.
Cole said he did not know the particulars of the inci dent without looking at the records, but said, "It would have to be an extreme cir cumstance where someone was tased while hand cuffed."
In their arrest report, officers stated the man remained combative and tried to kick, bite and head butt officers despite being restrained. He was
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