Last night, the Salisbury City Council unanimously approved $12,500 in funding for nine tasers for the Police Department.
Council President Jake Day said, "There's no situation where you do not want somebody to live. That's not something anyone would ever want to see. And this, based on everything we're hearing, would prevent the loss of life."
Assistant Police Chief Ivan Barkley said that the devices would be used to prevent injuries to officers and detainees while using a controlled force when necessary.
"We're going to go through a testing phase over the next year Number one, we' going to get our procedures in place. Get our training in place. And then we're going to look at how the devices are implemented, how they're being used and make sure they're meeting the goals that we have set for ourselves."