New York State Senator, NYPD captain wants city bus drivers, subway conductors and other transit workers armed with Tasers.

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Bus drivers and subway workers were attacked 94 times in 2011, up from 72 such incidents that year before. Harassment was also up.

Sen. Eric Adams believes his proposal to arm transit workers with stun guns and train them appropriately would cut down on such incidents and protect other riders in the process.

Transport Workers Union Local 100 supports Adams’ proposal, but the MTA and NYPD are less than enthusiastic about arming civilians with Tasers, according to the Daily News.

“Asking them to carry weapons would cross the line into law enforcement, a function that is best left to NYPD,” MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota added.

Source: NBC New York

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