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D.A. says tasers still good non-lethal tool for Police

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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –The Dougherty District Attorney says he still supports tasers as a weapon police need to help subdue unruly suspects despite a man's death in Dougherty County Police custody after being tased.

Greg Edwards says his support was verified by Wednesday's preliminary autopsy report that showed Denevious Thomas died of cocaine ingestion and not the tasers that Dougherty County Police officers used on him.

Edwards says he keeps up with the latest research in deaths involving police tasers.  "They have been scrupulously addressing all of these deaths, and they have been 100 percent successful in showing that there is either a natural issue with the person that may have died or perhaps a drug issue,"said Edwards.

The final G-B-I report on Thomas' death has not been given to the D-A yet.

The three officers involved in the incident remain on paid leave.

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