The New York City Police Department is testing a new and more powerful Taser gun in the wake of a deadly police-involved shooting that could have been prevented if the weapon worked properly.
The new X26 model is said to be more incapacitating than the 600 or so Taser guns already in use in the city.
The seven-ounce model is also about 60 percent lighter than the old 19-ounce models.
It can even penetrate up to two inches of clothing.
Under a pilot program, the NYPD has given 15 of the devices to five precincts, including Harlem and East New York, and four others to the Emergency Services Unit.
On Sunday, a taser gun failed to accurately hit a knife-wielding suspect in the Bronx, leading police officers to shoot and kill 24-year-old Emmanuel Paulino.
Source: NY1 (video)
The New York City Police Department is testing a new and more powerful Taser…
by Tactical-Life.com / Oct 7, 2010