COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Columbia voters soundly rejected a proposal to ban the use of Tasers and similar weapons.
KRCG reports that the proposed ban failed Tuesday by a 77 percent to 23 percent margin. The vote means police and private citizens will be able to use the weapons for self-defense.
Supporters worked to get the ban on the ballot since summer 2008, when a 23-year-old Moberly man died after he was shocked by police with a stun gun for allegedly resisting arrest.
That death came weeks after Columbia police used a Taser to subdue a man who threatened suicide while standing on a pedestrian bridge, but then fell off an Interstate 70 overpass. The city later paid the man $300,000.
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