Taser, stun guns could be added to NJ police arsenal

An advisory group is considering adding Taser and stun guns to the arsenal of New Jersey police officers.

"To simply say police officers can have a baton or a gun to use in a deadly force situation, there is no middle ground," says Steve Demofonte, of the New Jersey Fraternal Order of Police. "We need middle ground."

Police advocates and some New Jersey residents have differing viewpoints on the weapons.

The state approved the use of other less lethal weapons such as bean bags and rubber bullets last March. Taser and stun guns, however, are banned in some countries, and a number of human rights organizations have classified the weapons as tools for torture.

Maryam Suluki, a New Jersey parent, is weary of adding the stun guns to the state's police force.

"Just the picture of someone writhing on the ground ? the thought of that, I find it just appalling," she says.

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