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Detroit police chief says officers need stun guns

Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

DETROIT (AP) - Detroit's police chief says his department needs stun guns, especially after an officer was attacked with a razor blade.

  Chief James Craig tells The Detroit News that he's talked to the mayor about purchasing Tasers. He acknowledges they're controversial and is open to a public discussion about their use.

  Craig says an officer was cut in the face several times with a razor Saturday while trying to speak to a woman at a house. Craig believes even the threat of a stun gun would defuse many volatile situations.

  Craig says the woman calmed down when she saw that officers at a state-run detention center had stun guns.

  Ron Scott of the Detroit Coalition against Police Brutality accuses Craig of using the razor incident as propaganda.

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