CHICAGO (AP) — A city council in central Illinois is mulling over whether to authorize stun guns for police officers.
Urbana’s city council is considering an ordinance that would allow police to buy stun guns for officers who complete a crisis-intervention program.
The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports a decision on the ordinance was recently delayed by two weeks.
Stun guns send electrical current through a target to immobilize them.
Plans call for spending $14,000 in federal grant money on six stun guns and to train six officers.
Police sometimes ask officers from elsewhere to come in with stun guns. Police Chief Patrick Connolly says he doesn’t want to rely on other police.
But community activist Martel Miller says stun guns can hurt people. She says Urbana should rather “look at more ways to help people.”