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Recording video grows in use as feature of police stun guns

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 26, 2015 2:43 AM
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File Photo: Taser International offers its model X26 stun gun, an optional video camera mounted in the butt of the grip as shown

(Harrisburg) -- Footage from stun gun cameras is increasingly finding its way into civil and criminal cases, and midstate prosecutors say it was the strongest evidence used to charge an officer this week in a man's shooting death. 

Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico says Hummelstown police Officer Lisa Mearkle's stun gun captured images showing she shot 59-year-old David Kassick, who was unarmed, in the back as he lay facedown after a traffic stop. 

Taser International says it's already sold about 80,000 stun guns with cameras, about 10 percent of all stun guns it's manufactured. 

The cameras can add about $500 to the $1,200 cost of Taser's basic model. 

Mearkle's lawyer says she kept her stun gun pointed at the man to document what was happening, not thinking it would be used against her.  

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