The Ocean City police department seems to have a very good system in place for how and when an officer should use his Taser. They give multiple warnings and are instructed to never use in a punative way.
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Months after adding Electronic Control Devices, or Tasers, to its crime-fighting arsenal, the Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) has used the device a handful of times this year, including an incident late Tuesday night.
Last October, the Ocean City Mayor and Council approved a pilot program for the acquisition and use of Tasers by the police department and a limited number of OCPD officers started carrying them in February. In the months since, OCPD officers have resorted to the use of a Taser on several occasions and the new tool in the toolbox has achieved the desired results….More at OCPD: Tasers Have Been Used When All Else Fails For Officers – The Dispatch
Unfortunately, it only takes a few bad cops who misuse the Taser to give the Taser and cops who use them a bad name.