Urbana City Counsel to consider stun gun ordinance

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URBANA - Urbana City Council members are considering an ordinance that would allow police officers to carry stun guns.

Under the ordinance, stun guns could be purchased for officers who complete a crisis-intervention program.  The plan would see $14,000 in federal grant money being spent on six stun guns and training six police officers to use them.

Currently, officers from other departments are called in when stun guns are needed.  Urbana Police Chief Patrick Connolly says he doesn't want to rely on police officers from other departments.  However, community activist Martel Miller opposes the ordinance, stating that stun guns can hurt people, and that the city should "look at more ways to help people" instead.
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