Charlotte City Council Votes to Spend $1.8 Million on New Tasers for CMPD

by ANN SHERIDAN / NewsChannel 36 – September 27, 2011

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Family and friends of two men killed by tasers stood side by side Monday night at Charlotte’s city council meeting.

“As time goes by I miss him more and more,” Tammy Fontenot said.

Fontenot was talking about her son Darryl Turner. He was shot by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer using a taser during an altercation at a Food Lion store where Turner worked in 2008.

Because of Turner’s death, and a second death involving an officer using a taser on 21-year-old Lareko Williams two months ago, The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department asked city Council for new and improved tasers Monday night.

“We believe we’re taking aggressive steps to keep people safe as well as the law enforcement of this city,” said chief Rodney Monroe.

The new taser model – called X-2 – has better safety features and will only give an electrical charge for five seconds when the trigger is activated. The older models could shoot electrical charges much longer.

City Council voted unanimously for the 1,600 new tasers that will cost the city $1.8 million.

“I think it’s a step in the right direction… [but] no, it can’t bring my son back,” said Fontenot. “[But] yes, I forgave the officer a long time ago.”

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