Connecticut (AP) Officers in Connecticut last year fired stun guns at blacks and Hispanics at a higher rate than at white suspects, according to preliminary data from the first accounting of the weapons’ use by police in any U.S. state.
The new data come as police across the U.S. face increasing scrutiny over their use of force, in the wake of high-profile fatal shootings by officers, especially of black suspects.
Amnesty International has reported that at least 540 people in the United States died after being shocked with stun guns from 2001 to 2012.
Among the Connecticut figures revealed in the raw data, obtained and reviewed by The Associated Press ahead of an official report expected in coming weeks:
— Police reported 641 incidents involving stun guns last year, including 437 actual firings and 204 threats of use.
— Thirty percent of the people involved in the overall incidents were black and 21 percent were Hispanic.
— Within the overall number of stun gun incidents, officers fired at them 60 percent of the time in cases involving whites, 80 percent of the time in cases involving blacks and 69 percent of the time in cases involving Hispanics.