"Taser Happy" Officers No Longer Under Watchful Eye


For six years, the Orange County Sheriff's Office has been under the watchful eye of the U.S. Department of Justice for their handling of Tasers. The U.S. DOJ announced on April 2 that they were ending their oversight of the OC Sheriff's Office because they complied with the U.S. DOJ directives.

In Jan. 2007, the Civil Rights Division of the DOJ accepted a complaint of a pattern of excessive force related to Tasers, the first of its kind since law enforcement began using the devices in 1999. The DOJ indicated that the Sheriff's Office has lessened its use of the weapons and decreased the use of force overall.

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