There’s been an awful lot of heat on the Albuquerque Police Department lately because of officer-involved shootings.
Far too many (even from the cops’ perspective) of those shootings have resulted in death.
Recently, APD Chief Ray Schultz released a special order mandating all uniformed officers carry a Taser, a “tool” that is considered the non-lethal alternative to using a duty weapon.
The Taser is a great tool, but make no mistake, it has many limitations and there is a big misconception in the general public that if only cops would use Tasers more then there would never be a death as the result of an officer-involved shooting.
If only it were that simple.
This is a good move and it absolutely is a great tool for police to have, but it isn’t a cure all. I think it’s fair that the APD has been under scrutiny. Many or even all of the recent shootings there and in the Santa Fe area may be 100 percent justified, but that doesn’t mean a little scrutiny of the incident is a bad thing.
Hopefully the mandating of uniformed officers carrying a Taser at APD will help and I will update if the Santa Fe departments implement a similar blanket policy for all uniformed officers.
- KOB.com: APD enforces non-lethal force policy for officers
- Albuquerque Journal: Chief Makes Tasers Mandatory