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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
Number of free condoms handed out by the Brazilian government in advance of Carnival this year:
The best way to measure happiness is simply to ask people how happy they are.
Following three weeks of clashes between protesters and government forces that killed at least 17 people, Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro announced a two-day extension of Carnival. “Happiness will conquer the embittered,” he said during an appearance at a recreation center.
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“American politics has often been an arena for angry minds.”