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Connecticut could be first to track stun gun use

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By PAT EATON-ROBB

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A bill on Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's desk would make Connecticut the first state to require police departments to record and track the use of stun guns.

The legislature passed the bill, which also requires departments to adopt stun-gun policies, during the final hours of this year's General Assembly.

It followed the death in April of 22-year-old Jose Maldonado of Manchester, who was shocked by East Hartford police after they say he became combative while being booked on an assault charge.

The ACLU of Connecticut says that was the 14th death related to the use of the weapons in Connecticut since 2005. Spokesman David McGuire says the legislation will help lawmakers decide if more regulations are appropriate.

McGuire says his organization hopes the law becomes a national model.

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