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Nestled amid plains so flat the locals joke you can watch your dog run away for miles, Fargo treasures its placid lifestyle, seldom pierced by the mayhem and violence common in other urban communities. North Dakota ’s largest city has averaged fewer than two homicides a year since 2005, and there’s not been a single international terrorism prosecution in the last decade. But that hasn’t stopped authorities in Fargo and its surrounding county from going on an $8 million buying spree to arm police officers with the sort of gear once reserved only for soldiers fighting foreign wars.
Gunshots ring out in the dead of night, and not a single person reports it. Yet police know exactly where the shots came from, even before they arrive on the scene. It sounds like a scene from but it's real. A new technology called ShotSpotter enables law enforcement officials to precisely and instantaneously locate shooters, and it has been quietly rolling out across America.
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December 21, 2011 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. There is something truly disturbing about a society that seeks to control the behavior of schoolchildren through fear and violence, a tactic that harkens back to an era of paddle-bruised behinds and ruler-slapped wrists. Yet, some American school districts are pushing the boundaries of corporal punishment even further with the use of Tasers against unruly schoolchildren.
DERBY — A Derby High School sophomore said today that he was hit by a Taser and had his arm broken by two school resource officers for refusing to pull up his pants. The Derby Police Department said it will investigate the incident. The officers work for the department. The teen and the Police Department offered differing accounts of what happened.
DERBY — An investigation by Derby police says officers were justified and reasonable in actions against a student during a disturbance at the high school this past April. The student's decision to talk to news reporters about the April 27 incident prompted Chief Robert Lee to order an internal investigation. The findings were released today. Jonathan Villarreal, 17, said he was walking to the bus with some friends after school, when school resource officers confronted him about his "sagging" pants, pulled him to the ground, used a Taser on him and broke his arm. Villarreal denied he was resisting the officers.
A National Institute of Justice study last year found that the weapons are safe in the vast majority of cases but also said that more research is needed to determine the health effects of shocking small children and others, such as the elderly. Steve Tuttle, a Taser International spokesman, said the number of law enforcement agencies that have given Tasers to officers who work on school campuses has grown to well over 4,000. He said the weapons are invaluable for officers dealing with intruders on campus, breaking up brawls or subduing violent students.