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Richmond police to purchase 44 Tasers

RICHMOND — City commissioners unanimously approved Tuesday the purchase of 44 Tasers for the Richmond Police Department.

Commissioner Robert Blythe and Richmond police Chief Larry Brock said during the meeting that it was important to hold public forums to dispense information about Tasers and their use.

"I think it would just be a good, proactive type of thing" to correct misconceptions about Tasers, Blythe said.

The city commission voted 4-0 in favor of the order. Commissioner Kay Cosby Jones was not present at Tuesday's meeting.