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Las Vegas Police Investigating Death Of Man Shocked By Taser

Aug 3, 2004 | AP

A man died in Las Vegas police custody Monday night after being shocked with a Taser.

Authorities are investigating the death of the man who collapsed after being handcuffed following a scuffle with a roommate and officers at a home southeast of Las Vegas.

Police say they were called to a report of someone acting crazy, and shocked the man with a Taser to try to incapacitate him during a struggle.

The death reopens debate about the use of the weapon, which police say provides an alternate to more lethal force.

In June, the Clark County Coroner ruled the use of a Taser was a contributing factor in the death of a 26-year-old man in police custody.

Clark County Sheriff Bill Young has promised an investigation of the use of Tasers, which the department began using in April 2003.

Tasers two small barbs that are connected to wires that send 50,000 volts of electricity into the body.

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