ECU Tasing Demonstration For Students

Free pizza and a front row seat to an actual tasing demonstration. That's exactly what happened at East Carolina University Wednesday afternoon.

ECU Police officers used this opportunity to talk to students about their methods of force at the department. It's the first event of its kind at ECU.

Police Chief Scott Shelton says they did the demonstration to keep students informed about this controversial means of force. "We believe and other police departments believe that that's the preferred method rather than going to physically aggressive hands-on. Certainly before the baton because the baton, if not used correctly, could cause some serious injuries."

Shelton says they plan to hold monthly meetings with student to keep the lines between them and the students open.


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  • by Pete Location: Pitt County on Mar 31, 2009 at 05:34 PM
    Why don't you have the video of Lt. Hayes being shot with the taser? That would probably deter quite a bit of crime in itself don't you think?
  • by Mr. Lee Location: Buffalo City, NC on Feb 28, 2009 at 10:51 AM
    To: EC10 (Ret.) Location: Belhaven / You are missed. Don't catch too many fish.
  • by Annie Nonomus Location: Greenville on Feb 26, 2009 at 08:33 AM
    ECU had Tasers for three years before they actually had to use them. By the way TASER stands for Tom Swift's Electric Rifle. Reach out and touch someone!!!!
  • by EC10 (Ret.) Location: Belhaven on Feb 26, 2009 at 06:25 AM
    DON'T TAZE ME,BRO!!!! This is a good idea. Consider it part of the student's educaton. ECU was the first department in Pitt County to issue Tazers to their officers. I used to work there and went through the training, which included being tazed. It hurts, but the pain stops when it stops cycling, with no after pain or other ill effects. O.C. causes pain for an hour or so after use and, as the Chief said, batons can cause serious injuries. When Major Knight was tazed during the training, I think he almost got a "fwog in his fwoat".
  • by Matt Location: NC on Feb 25, 2009 at 09:13 PM
    They should be demonstrating against their new found government. That, I'm sure they voted for.
  • by Cat Location: Gboro on Feb 25, 2009 at 07:59 PM
    Well, good. Now they can have a better idea of whats going to hit them the next time that they get a case of the stoops! Knowledge is power, my friends.. Knowledge is power. Doesn't make the pain any easier to take, though :)
  • by Concerned Citizen Location: Greenville on Feb 25, 2009 at 05:26 PM
    Simple problem ... if you are approached by a law enforcement officer ...you listen and do as the officer says you dont have to worry about being hit with the taser. Fighting him is only going to make your situation worse! On the flip side from what I hear getting tasered is much better then the alternative of getting shot with a real gun.
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