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Officers consider Tasers better for non-lethal take downs

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

In the wake of police involved shootings around the country, non-lethal tactics are being looked at more often to take down suspects who do not comply with commands.

Albany-Dougherty Drug Agents recently purchased new Tasers which they say are not only saving the lives of the officers, but the suspects as well.

In September, video showed how SWAT officers defused a potentially deadly situation when encountering an armed man inside a car in the parking lot of the Albany Civic Center.

They say using a Taser in a situation like this helped to avoid a potential gun battle.

While these weapons fire out 50,000 volts of electricity, they don't produce the amps that result in electrocution. And despite cases in which stun-gun devices have been blamed for deaths, law officers remind everyone that it minimizes the use of lethal force.

But how often are law officers using electric force?

We're digging in to explain when they are authorized to deploy their Tasers.

WALB's Cade Fowler has more on Thursday at 6 p.m. in a special report.

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