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Information from GA Pundit- Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield soldiers began Memorial Day observances Thursday. Several Gold Star Families - who like the Bookers have lost a family member to conflictMore >>
Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield soldiers began Memorial Day observances Thursday. In 2013, Georgia lost 26 armed services members who gave their lives for us and their names were read in the State Capitol as part of our observance of Memorial Day.More >>
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LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Legal woes are piling up for the leader of Georgia's Democratic Party. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://bit.ly/199UTSo) that a lawsuit filed in Gwinnett CountyMore >>
A lawsuit filed in Gwinnett County this week accuses Mike Berlon of failing to distribute nearly $1 million from a trust he created for a friend and his son.More >>
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A Cordele man is out of jail tonight, accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from his former employer. Crisp County Investigators say 25-year-old James Aultman stole more than $10,000More >>
A Cordele man is out of jail tonight, accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from his former employer.More >>
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Albany Police are putting on a free gospel concert this weekend. It's free, but they will accept donations to fund the department's annual community picnic in June. Musical artists from around SouthMore >>
Albany Police are putting on a free gospel concert this weekend.More >>
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A couple of South Georgia mayors attended a forum at the Albany Civil Rights Institute to enlighten the public on how city governments run, Thursday. Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard and Baconton Mayor AnnetteMore >>
A couple of South Georgia mayors attended a forum at the Albany Civil Rights Institute to enlighten the public on how city governments run, Thursday.More >>
Valdosta - They've been outlawed in several states, now some human rights groups want tasers banned in Georgia.
In 2004, four people died in Georgia after being shot with a taser, but many law enforcement officers say its the most effective weapon they carry. Sgt. Ray Ewings has been carrying a taser for about four years. "It makes my job a lot easier," said Ewings.
He thinks this is the safest, and most effective way to take down a suspect. "Recovery's quicker than with the expandable batton because you can have severe bruising and broken bones, with o.c. spray, recovery time is 10, sometimes 20 minutes," said Ewings.
Here's how it works. The taser deploys sharp barbs into an individual and delivers and electric shock. "It locks them down and takes the control away from the individual," said Ewings.
That gives the officer enough time to gain control of a situation and apprehend the suspect. But since several people have died after being shot with a taser, the weapons have been under fire. Sgt. Ewings says its not tasers that kill people, its officers who misuse them. "In one instance where a person died, they had nine different officers deploying the tasers," said Ewings.
With all the controversy surrounding tasers, many law enforcement agencies, like the Valdosta Police Department, have decided not to use the weapons until they do a little bit more research. "It's not that we're against them, we just want to know a little bit more about the incidents that resulted in death before we carry them and invest all that money in them," said Lt. Bernard Robinson.
It's a controversial weapon that some say causes too many deaths, but these officers say its the best way to protect them and the suspect.