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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
Average portion of its yearly household expenditures that a South African family will spend on a funeral:
Neuroscientists were hoping to use rat brain waves to find people buried by earthquakes.
Four people were arrested for using a remote-controlled hexacopter to fly two pounds of tobacco to prisoners inside the yard at Calhoun State Prison in Georgia.
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Notes on South Africa’s failed revolution
“I will never know what goes on in your mind, or what that shield of a smile behind which we try to advance should tell us.”