Taser training for Jackson police ends with shock

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) -- The Jackson Police Department is equipping its officers with electronic stun devices and six weeks of training ended with them being shocked.

Lt. Mike Siler told trainees on Tuesday that the experience was going to be very painful, but said they made the right decision in volunteering to receive the shock, according to The Jackson Sun.

The trainer told the officers they would be hit with 50,000 volts of electricity, but at low amperage. He said the Taser weapons cause the person stunned to lose muscle control and it scrambles their thoughts momentarily.

He cautioned trainees they would feel like they'd gone ten rounds in a prize fight.

Officer Rochell Staten volunteered to be stunned and said she felt it throughout her body, but her recovery was very rapid.

Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to webmaster@wvlt-tv.com. Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus


6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 140898993 - local8now.com/a?a=140898993
Gray Television, Inc.