Taser Demonstration

By: Sean Evans Email
By: Sean Evans Email

When given the chance to participate in a Taser demonstration, most would decline.

But we wanted to get first hand experience of the effects and power of the X-26 taser.

This weapon is one that Hazard Police officers have used for around four years.

"When we first started using the X-26, it was used quite often. Subsequent years later, it's very low amounts of use," said Sgt. Paul Campbell with the Hazard Police Department.

Campbell says sometimes all it takes is the sight of the X-26 to stop people in their tracks.

"They see that this device can literally bring you down to the ground without killing you," said Campbell.

So we tested the X-26.

"Pulling taser..."

After a few seconds, I realized I was one of the lucky ones. One probe didn't hit it's target, leaving the circuit incomplete.

"I think it went between his legs. Cause it bounced up...I'm glad that one didn't connect."

But Campbell says there are precautions that must be taken.
For example, Cincinnati native Everette Howard was slated to attend the University of the Cumberlands to wrestle this fall, but was shot by police with a Taser during an alleged altercation and later died from the shock.

"Because of that possibility, we evaluate every situation and then deal with that situation accordingly. We may use some other use of force," said Campbell.

Officers with the Hazard Police Department are encouraged to participate in a demonstration before they carry the weapon.


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