Bolt: Tasers effective alternative for KPD

Bailey said she already has a refrigerator/freezer, and doesn't need a new one."We need to buy food.

I am completely out of food." Bailey said she planned to buy food at a Kingman grocery store.

She obtains most of her food from Westside Distributors of Phoenix, which is a part of the U.S.

Department of Agriculture program.

But she frequently supplements it by buying food in Kingman, she said.

"They (the county health department) gave me 90 days (to get into compliance).

"I don't know what they're expecting.

No one has told me what I have to do."

Bailey says she wants and expects to meet with someone from the county health department next week.

"It's not over," she said.

On Saturday morning, volunteer food bank director Pam Amberson said Westside Distributors will not deliver food until they get clearance from the county health department.

Some 150 people attended a rally on Saturday morning at the food bank in support of the food bank and Bailey, Amberson said.

Amberson said Bailey will purchase food today in Kingman.KINGMAN – Since they began using Taser stun guns this summer, officers have not been physically endangering people, the Kingman Police Department says.

Recent reports elsewhere of people dying after police Taser use have heightened concern about use of the stun guns.

On Monday afternoon, a man died in Las Vegas after police used a Taser to subdue him, The Associated Press reported.

Clark County Sheriff Bill Young has said he was rethinking Las Vegas police policy following the Taser-related death of a handcuffed man in February, the report said.

The death last weekend of a man in Mesa was the result of police using a Taser, the family claims.

Kingman police have applied Tasers in six instances without any result to cause concern, said Cpl.

Michael Bolt, a Taser instructor with Kingman police.

Taser use is very effective in subduing a hostile person and is safer, providing police an alternative to a firearm, said Bolt.

"There is a less lethal opportunity to cause harm to the suspect," he said.

Bolt said officers have had to deal with suicidal suspects who have threatened to harm themselves.

With the five-second window officers have after Taser shock, the suspects have been subdued without harm.

Medical examiners have linked Tasers to at least six deaths, according to an Arizona Republic investigation, saying Taser shock can trigger heart failure or make it difficult for people to breathe.

In five deaths mentioned in the study, the people had drugs in their system.

The study also indicates that more than 50 people have died in the United States and Canada in police custody after being shocked with Tasers.

The weapon's manufacturer says 45,000 suspects in police custody have been shocked without incident.

What the studies fail to mention, said Bolt, are the thousands of police officers who have used Tasers to subdue people without fatality.

In almost all instances involving deaths, people were under the influence of drugs or alcohol, said Bolt, acknowledging the difficulty in predicting how intoxicating substances affect different people in varying ways and how a suspect under the influence would react under a Taser-induced circumstance.

Kingman police had 16 officers volunteer to be shocked by a Taser during training, said Bolt, and none complained of any effects past the initial five-second shock.

"They were not under the influence," he added.

A suspect can be shocked up to 12 times, said Bolt, adding that it would typically take two or three shocks to bring a suspect under complete control.

After one Taser shock, a suspect's muscles will lock up, giving an officer about five seconds to physically gain advantage in a situation.

One shock of the X-26, the newer version that most agencies are using, is 50,000 volts, according to Bolt.

A person having a pacemaker because of a heart condition would not be particularly endangered after a Taser shock, he added.