Houston Still A Taser-Happy Kinda Town
Houston says go ahead and tase me, bro
The legacy of former Houston Police chief Harold Hurtt lives on -- the city is still spending mad money buying Tasers.
City council has approved another $4.5 million for the gadgets, which are supposed to reduce deadly force incidents but also prevent police from having to put up with the hassles of people who don't listen to them.
The money will go to buy about 8,500 of the devices over the next five years, if we're doing our math correctly. The city will get a discount price of $525 each.
HPD has purchased alomst 5,000 Tasers since Hurtt introduced them to the department six years ago.
Rice Owls Mens Basketball vs. Charlotte Mens Basketball
TicketsSat., Jan. 28, 7:00pm
Gridiron Glory: The Best of Pro Football HOF -- 10AM-3PM
TicketsMon., Jan. 30, 10:00am
Gridiron Glory: The Best of Pro Football HOF -- 3PM-8PM
TicketsMon., Jan. 30, 3:00pm
Super Bowl Opening Night Fueled By Gatorade
TicketsMon., Jan. 30, 7:00pm
Deadly force incidents haven't really gone down in that time, but Taser incidents are hoppin': they've been used more than 2,500 times since December 2004.
Just ask former Texans lineman Fred Weary (Question No. 9).
Get the ICYMI: Today's Top Stories Newsletter Our daily newsletter delivers quick clicks to keep you in the know
Catch up on the day's news and stay informed with our daily digest of the most popular news, music, food and arts stories in Houston, delivered to your inbox Monday through Friday.