Police Say More People Being Tased In The Tri-Cities Because More Officers Have Tasers
KENNEWICK, Wash. - You may have noticed an increase in reports of police officers using tasers lately.
The number of taser incidents is up because more officers are now carrying the non-lethal weapons and departments tell KNDU they like using them.
Just over the weekend a man was tased near South Benton Street in Kennewick after police said he almost hit an officer head on with a car. Kennewick Police said the man keep reaching for something under his car seat and would not listen to the officers orders.
Over the past few years KNDU has reported on how the different police departments have gradually handed out tasers to their officers.
Police said they like having them as an option to use on criminals that will not cooperate.
Kennewick Police Department Representative Mike Blatman said, "We've got many more officers that are carrying tasers, as a result of that the chances of them being used obviously is going to increase."
Police said if someone does not comply with orders and they threaten officers they will be tased.
Blatman said more people are being tased in the Tri-Cities only because more officers are carrying them around.