Taser poll results
On Tuesday, we presented the case for and against the use of Tasers by police in Urbana:
THE CASE FOR
"It gives us an option besides lethal force. It gives us an option besides using a lot of physical force where either a citizen or an officer is in danger of getting hurt. It's an extremely useful tool when we're dealing with people who have a lot of emotional or physical stress, excited delirium people. It's almost the only way with those folks." — Champaign County Sheriff Dan Walsh
THE CASE AGAINST
"I'm a member of the UCAPP (Urbana Community And Police Partnership) team with Chief Connolly. They talked about mental illness, mental illness. Mental illness people don't need to be punished with a Taser. There's got to be another way. ... (When I saw a Taser demonstration), it brought tears to my eyes. So no, I don't want to see that for anyone." — Urbana resident Carletta Donaldson
We also polled our readers: Should Urbana police be allowed to carry Tasers. Of 1,751 votes cast, 1,453 (83 percent) said yes and 298 (17 percent) said no.
Tell us what you're thinking here and our Tom Kacich will respond as part of "Tom's Mailbag."