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Police force: Up or down?

By David Miller

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  The Georgia Bureau of Investigations says that the number of claims of excessive use of police force is up. The Dougherty County Sheriff's Office says it isn't the case for their agency.

The GBI says that they have been asked to investigate 82 potential cases of excessive police force so far this year, which is only three months old. They report that they investigated only 74 cases in 2010.

Dougherty Co. deputies tell us that their use of force has declined greatly. They credit improved police equipment, especially the TASER, which has gained a reputation with the public.

Deputies say that improved law enforcement techniques are lowering the need to use force when arresting suspects.


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