Letter: Tasers are a bad option

Taser gun training expert Ken Augsbach of the

Taser gun training expert Ken Augsbach of the Suffolk County Police Department demonstrates the use of the Taser gun. (Oct. 15, 2013) Photo Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams, Jr.

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It is appalling that Dainell Simmons died after a Suffolk County Police Department intervention at his group home ["Shock & stun," News, Oct. 28]. Simmons died after he was shot with a Taser and doused with pepper spray in July.

I am the parent of an autistic son. The group home should have had a plan so the police would not have had to intervene. Also, the police should have training in dealing with people with disabilities.

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Tasers should not be used on disabled individuals. These people often have medical issues that are not evident, and the use of a Taser can have serious consequences.

Catherine McGrath, Wading River

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