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The Salisbury Police Department has begun its pilot project of putting Tasers in the hands of its officers.

The police say the deployment of the weapon comes after extensive research, training and support from the Mayor and City Council.

Authorities say that studies show the Taser may deter violent behavior and cut down on injuries to both suspects and officers.

Officers are required to complete a certified training course before being issued a Taser.  

The Department will monitor their use for one year during the pilot program.

Delaware Man Chased and Arrested for 5th DUI

Sep 24, 2014
Delaware State Police

DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Delaware man has been arrested on his fifth DUI after police say he nearly hit a trooper and slammed his car into a patrol vehicle.

Delaware State Police say 34-year-old Steven Williams of Lewes led them on a chase in Dover before backing into a private driveway and stopping. When troopers ordered him to turn off the car, they say he accelerated and nearly hit a trooper before hitting a marked police car and driving away.

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A Dagsboro man who was Tasered by Seaford police has settled his civil suit against the city and one of the officers for $270-thosuand.

The incident was caught on videotape in which two Seaford officers pulled over Reginald Johnson, demanded he get out of the car without allow him much time to respond and then shot with him a Taser before roughly handcuffing him.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that afterward as Johnson protested that he had done nothing wrong, the two officers could be heard laughing and joking about planting drugs in Johnson’s car.

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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.


The Dover police are looking into claims by 34 year old Jeremy Anderson who says he was shocked with a Taser a number of times by Rehoboth Beach police.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that a April 7th video shows Corporal Tyler Whitman using a Taser on the man several times and then kicking him in the head twice while two other officers handcuffed him.


The NBC affiliate in Philadelphia is reporting that 34-yar old Jeremy Anderson says he was tasered a number of times by three police officers in Rehoboth Beach.

And, a video tape of the incident has made its way onto the internet.

Anderson told the television station that he was tased in the chest and fell to the ground and then tased multiple times in the spine.

The recording shows officers shocking and kicking the man and a woman is heard saying she is the man’s wife and asking to be allowed to take him home.