Lawmakers, Advocates Introduce Stun Gun Bill

A group of Vermont lawmakers and the heads of disability and civil rights groups are pushing legislation that would create new rules governing police use of electronic stun guns.

Analysis: Policies On Subduing Mentally Ill Scrutinized

Vermont law enforcement officers have deployed electronic stun guns 50 times in the last 18 months. And 10 of those incidents have involved people who are mentally ill. VPR’s John Dillon examines whether police are following their policies when they try to subdue individuals who are in mental health crisis.

Records Show Stun Gun Use Against People In Mental Crises

Ten times in the past 18 months, state police fired electronic stun guns at people threatening suicide or at others experiencing a mental health crisis. That’s according to police records and video recordings obtained by Vermont Public Radio under the state’s open records law.