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Waveland mayor removes tasers from police department after lawsuits

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WAVELAND, MS (WLBT) - Waveland Police officers are no longer carrying tasers after the city was hit with multiple lawsuits alleging police misconduct.

Mayor David Garcia says the city learned of three lawsuits just this week. In one suit a woman claims Waveland officers roughed her up, broke her nose and tased her when she was four months pregnant.

The suit was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court on behalf of 28-year-old, Dawn Melissa Daigre. The lawsuit, which presents one side of the legal argument, seeks unspecified damages.

Mayor Garcia says he decided on Thursday to take the tasers away from the police department while the allegations are under investigation.

"I'm not admitting any guilt or anything is wrong with any of the police officers the way they used the tasers. But being that I've heard so many issues about the tasers being used by the Waveland police officers, I made the decision this week to go ahead and pick up the tasers. I talked to the police chief about it. He's cooperating 100% with it so I went on and issued an order to have the tasers picked up," said Mayor Garcia.

In recent years, Waveland has been hit with three other lawsuits alledging police abuse involving tasers. Mayor garcia says his administration will review the police department's policies regarding the use of tasers... Before deciding if they willl be returned to the officers.


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