Richland Police Trained on TasersPosted: Updated:
RICHLAND, Wash.- It was round two of Taser training for Richland police officers. This less-lethal device is small, but it packs quite a punch.
"You can no longer resist," mentions Officer Joe Brazeau. That's the goal. That's what's different about this weapon than other weapons that we have in here currently."
Tasers work by emitting a small electrical charge. Once hit, your body essentially locks up.
"Once you actually go through the process of being tased..I've been tased three times now," says Officer Al Jenkins. You really understand how it works, why it works and what you can do with it when your out in the field."
I wanted to see for myself how effective tasers are. Five seconds felt like five minutes. It was painful.
"There was no way I could, if I wanted to try to do anything but experience the pain," says Officer Eduardo Garcia. I was basically incapacitated for that five second ride."
"I didn't anticipate the pain that I actually went through and the lack of movement," admits Officer Sam Grant. I just could not move any of my body."
And that will all be captured on tape. What's unique about the Richland police tasers is that they carry cameras so the public can see exactly how the device is being used.
"The accountability factor is there," says Captain Mike Cobb. We can show the public exactly how their being used and so we want a lot of confidence from the community in these tools."