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Police use of Tasers down in Maryland, up in Baltimore

December 29th, 2016 by WCBC Radio

While law enforcement agencies across Maryland reduced their reliance on Tasers last year, police in Baltimore increased their use — including against juveniles such as Pittman's daughter — to record levels, The Baltimore Sun has found.

City officers accounted for nearly four out of every 10 stun gun incidents in Maryland in 2015, a year when U.S. Justice Department investigators were scrutinizing their every use of force.

The Baltimore Police Department used Tasers more often than Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Cecil, Harford, Howard, Montgomery and Prince George's counties combined, according to state data analyzed by The Sun. 2015 was the most recent year for which that data was available.

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