Cops Testing Stronger Tasers So They Won't Have to Kill You

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Five NYC police precincts are testing a new type of taser today after a the department's standard-issue taser failed to subdue a knife-wielding suspect and led to a fatal shooting Sunday morning.

On Sunday, police responded to a 911 call from 24-year-old Emmanuel Paulino. Paulino had told the 911 operator he was "ready to kill some cops," so they, um, dispatched some cops to his home in the Bronx. Police tried to subdue the knife-wielding Paulino with a taser, but he managed to pull one of the weapon's prongs out of his body and wound up being shot down after he continued to approach the officers.

The new taser model -- which NY1 says "can even penetrate two inches of clothing" -- is lighter and more powerful than the ones cops currently carry. Currently, only 15 of the new models have been handed out to police in five precincts throughout the city. If you live in Harlem, East New York, happen to meet the department's Emergency Services Unit, and you happen to be causing a ruckus of some kind, gird your loins for a, uh, shocking surprise.

[shernandez@villagevoice.com]


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