Sunday, May 19 2013 10:19 AM EDT2013-05-19 14:19:32 GMT
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana. Deputies responded to a complaint at Jose Sanchez's house on Highway 129 North Friday. AuthoritiesMore >>
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana.
Saturday, May 18 2013 11:42 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:42:03 GMT
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff. It was the first annual pigs in the park event, put on by the Georgia Narcotics Officer'sMore >>
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:47 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:47:12 GMT
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks. Police say they responded to the Dollar General on West Jackson Street around 9:15pm Friday. EmployeesMore >>
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks.
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:59:02 GMT
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. Authorities say it happened around 11pm Friday near the 3900 block of Radium Springs Road. PoliceMore >>
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:58:50 GMT
It's graduation time for high schools in Dougherty County and students are ready to embark on their next journey. 230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High SchoolMore >>
230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High School this Saturday morning.More >>
October 4, 2007
Albany - - Many law enforcers say tasers are a needed tool to get law violators under control without endangering their life. Critics say taser use is too harsh and often unnecessary.
It looks like a regular gun. It's not *supposed* to be lethal, but it hurts.
"It's severe pain," says Corporal David Ellis.
Ellis feels taser guns are necessary, especially when you have an out of control law violator and you don't want to use deadly force.
"We don't want to hurt anybody if we don't have to," he says.
But can taser guns have an adverse effect? Investigators are trying to figure out if a taser shock contributed to 59 year old Samuel Baker's death after a confrontation with Quitman police.
State troopers were not involved in that case, but Corporal Ellis says death by taser is rare.
"Most of the victims have had some type of drug use in their systems or some kind of health problems," he says.
But just when should a law enforcer use a taser? The U.S. Supreme Court says there is no precise definition on when and when not to use this type of force, leaving it to the officer or trooper's reasonable judgement.
"If you stop somebody, they're non compliant to your verbal command, they don't show you their hands, they wont get out of the car, if they take off running," Ellis lists common examples.
Every trooper who uses one has to be certified and that involves being shot with a taser himself. Overall, he says it's not a first choice, but a necessary one.
"Generally they come under control, they comply with your verbal commands or anything like that and if they don't then of course you can apply another five seconds."
And anyone within a 21 foot range can feel its effects.
Corporal Ellis was issued his taser three years ago and has never used it against a suspect.