Rietz hopeful that taser proposal becomes reality
The Champaign County States Attorney said she believes tasers would give some Urbana police officers another tool as they deal with more individuals with mental health issues or who use illegal drugs.
Julia Rietz made the comments during an appearance Monday on A Penny for Your Thoughts on WDWS.
Urbana Police Chief Patrick Connolly has proposed a pilot program that would allow 10 officers on the department's crisis intervention team to carry tasers. He said other non-lethal weapons don't always work, and other alternatives are needed as officers deal with more people who are acting violently.
Rietz said she is hopeful that the officers will be allowed to carry tasers because it would give them another tool in dangerous and difficult situations.
As part of Chief Connolly's proposal, the officers would receive extensive training, and the Urbana Civilian Police Review Board would also be involved in oversight of taser usage.
Rietz said Chief Connolly has put together a very comprehensive and detailed plan for taser use that goes beyond the policies instituted by other departments.