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A stun gun of the brand Taser. Photo: Tom Hood / AP

Some Swedish police will be issued stun guns

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Some officers will receive electric shock weapons after an internal study suggested they could prevent fatal shootings.

The weapons, which fire a projectile that carries an electric shock meant to incapacitate suspects, will be issued to some police during a trial period beginning in 2018, according to a statement on the force's website. A more widespread use of stun guns would still be several years down the line, reports news agency TT.

For several years the Swedish Police Union has especially advocated for the issuance of stun guns. Police management had resisted their use, saying there was no evidence that they prevented deaths. An internal ethics committee also argued that an additional weapon could make it difficult for police to choose the right weapon in an emergency.

But in January an internal study, which looked at 70 incidents in which an officer's firearm was used, found that stun guns might have been used in several situations.

"We have now decided to introduce a pilot project with electro-shock weapons," said National Police Commissioner Dan Eliasson.


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