KLEW News Reporter Kaila Lafferty volunteers to get tased by Lewiston police
LEWISTON, ID —
We begin tonight with Lewiston police signing a contract with a company to get a whole new body cam system. As part of the agreement, LPD is also getting a new fleet of tasers, what’s more the tasers work with the body cams. If an officer deploys their taser, the camera automatically turn on and start recording.
Lewiston police officers will soon have an extra set of eyes when they make contact with the public, every interaction will now be recorded.
"It was important for us to have something that worked together,” said LPD Lieutenant Jeff Klone.
Lieutenant Jeff Klone is talking about these, a brand new set of tasers for the department.
"Obviously we don't want to have to use force, but if we do, it's nice to be able to have an independent, nonbiased witness that is going to show exactly what happened,” said Lt. Klone.
Lieutenant Klone said use of force isn’t common for LPD. They use their tasers only about two to three times a year. But when they do use these new tasers, they will be able to monitor exactly how they’re used.
"The officer simply switches off the safety, his body cam will automatically turn on, they simply pull the trigger, the darts come out of these cartridges,” said Lt. Klone.
The probes shoot out of the mechanism, and lodge themselves into the officer’s target.
"These probes have barbs on them, so that they will stay in the person,” said Lt. Klone.
Those probes are what deliver 50,000 volts of electricity into the person.
Have you, yourself been tased?
"I have,” said Lt. Klone
And how was that?
"It's not enjoyable I don't recommend it,” said Lt. Klone.
It’s one thing to hear about, but it’s another to experience it, and even with the warning from Lt. Klone.
“I don’t recommend it,” said Lt. Klone.
I wanted to show how it all works. I volunteered myself. They walked me through the process, and warned me of the risks, and not to mention the pain…. it was time to go.
"Lay down, you did a great job,” said Lt. Klone.
The whole process was recorded on the officer’s body cam, just as it would be in a real life situation. So once again here I am preparing myself, then from his perspective.
So how did I do?
Lt. Klone said, “You did great, you yelled like everybody, but you know, not everybody can say they've had that, at least you asked to do it."
Kaila that had to hurt, what exactly was that like?
Well, it was one of the most painful things I have ever done. Let’s relive my pain for me one more time.
Immediate surge going through my body. It felt like a strobing almost, it’s hard to explain, but then once it’s over no more pain, until it was time to pull the probes out. They are basically like little fish hooks.