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A Homeland Security ban against using Tasers on immigration detainees could get in the way of a 287(g) compact between federal authorities and the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff BJ Barnes said last week.
Barnes, who was set to sign an agreement granting specific deputies in his department access to Immigration and Customs Enforcement databases, said the Homeland Security policy runs counter to security rules in place at the Greensboro and High Point jails.
“What it comes down to is, they don’t want you to use a Taser,” Barnes said. “That may be a deal-breaker. I’m not going to say one way or another.”
More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
Acreage of a Christian nudist colony under development in Florida:
Florida’s wildlife officials decided to remove the manatee, which has a mild taste that readily adapts to recipes for beef, from the state’s endangered-species list.
A 64-year-old mother and her 44-year-old son were arrested for running a gang that stole more than $100,000 worth of toothbrushes from Publix, Walmart, Walgreens, and CVS stores in Florida.
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