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2 local police departments to start using tasers again

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Two of the seven local police departments that stopped using tasers are now going back to them.

The Crowley and Burleson Police Departments originally tabled the weapons because of liability concerns and worries the tasers can cause serious injury or death.

The subject of liability originally came up at a Tarrant County Law Enforcement Executives Association meeting last month.

Crowley Police Lt. Kit Long says the rank and file officers are happy to have their tasers back on their belts.

"They felt like it was such a great tool," Lt. Long said. "Just mere having them on our belt stopped people from crossing that line where they want to resist."

After reviewing their taser training, policy and procedures, Crowley city attorneys determined tasers are an effective tool for officers to use in specific circumstances.

Burleson also reissued tasers to officers after taking time to re-evaluate their use.

Police departments in Benbrook, Kennedale, Lake Worth, Mansfield and Richland Hills are still not using tasers.

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