Officers tend toward safe, effective choice

About once every 10 days, a police officer in Johnson County has to use force, such as a Taser, to get control of someone who is trying to run from police or fighting against officers.

Since the beginning of the month, a courthouse security officer used a Taser on a man in court after he fought officers who were trying to take him back to jail. Greenwood’s SWAT team also used pepper balls and a Taser to arrest a man who was hiding in a bedroom and wouldn’t come out.

For every time an officer uses a Taser, there are multiple more situations where pulling it out of the holster and threatening to use it is enough to get a person to start following orders, local police said.

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