Niagara Co. Court Rules Taser May Be Used to Inflict Pain to Coerce DNA Sample

The Buffalo News Reports:

LOCKPORT — It is legally permissible for police to zap a suspect with a Taser to obtain a DNA sample, as long as it’s not done “maliciously, or to an excessive extent, or with resulting injury,” a county judge has ruled in the first case of its kind in New York State, and possibly the nation.

Read the full text of this decision here.


Hat Tip to Simple Justice, A New York Criminal Defense Blog.