They're Tasing everybody in Chicago, Bro:
A new report shows that Chicago police used Tasers to subdue nearly 700 offenders over 12 recent months, a dramatic increase that reflects the department's decision earlier this year to expand its use of the weapons.
In a wide-ranging annual report issued today, the Independent Police Review Authority, which investigates serious accusations of police misconduct, said the increased use of the sometimes-controversial electrical devices has not generated many complaints, however.
The argument for stun guns is that they give police one more non-lethal option in dealing with offenders and suspects. The downside is that, because they are non-lethal, police might be inclined to overuse them and end up stunning too many people in situations where talk would have sufficed..