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Chicago Police Upgrade Tasers, Company Sees Other Big Orders

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posted on Jan, 19 2012 @ 08:29 AM

Taser International received several large orders at the end of 2011, among them one from the Chicago Police Department to upgrade its electric stun guns.

Scottsdale-based Taser (Nasdaq: TASR) received an order for 680 of its X2 stun guns and 4,900 cartridges from Chicago Police in the fourth quarter.

Taser’s X2 is a dual-shot stun gun that is close in size and shape to the company’s long-time X26 model. It has proved popular, and Taser has done trade-in offers for departments looking to upgrade.

The company also received an order for 170 X2s from the Lee County, Fla., Sheriff’s Department; 165 of the devices for the Sunrise Police Department in Florida, and another 155 for the Cary, N.C., Police Department. Another city the company declined to name ordered 250 X2s.

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I guess the "Don't tase me Bro!" plead never caught on...

...and I guess it's all speculation at this point. I can see upgrading to a newer model and Chicago Police has over 13,500 sworn officers so I guess it doesn't look like much when you view it from those numbers.

The curious part of this story is that there were so many ordered in a short time, for what?... is the part I am a tad curious about? Must just be a coincidence think?
edit on 1/19/2012 by UberL33t because: (no reason given)

posted on Jan, 19 2012 @ 08:38 AM
Um, I hate to say "Duh", so, I won't!

The short answer is the G4 summit.

The long answer has stuff about 4th amendment rights and peaceable assembly.

Hope I've helped.

posted on Jan, 19 2012 @ 08:55 AM
reply to post by Cuhail

Well the G-8 Summit and Chicago makes sense from a preparedness standpoint, but what of Sunrise, FL, Cory, NC, and the other "un-named" city? I am not currently aware of any impending Social gatherings in the first two areas that would warrant such a surplus of tasers.

Mind you I haven't looked into it too deep, I just thought the abrupt ordering of these weapons was intriguing. More for the other areas than Chicago. Most likely just a coincidence though.

posted on Jan, 19 2012 @ 09:19 AM
Well, I get Chicago news, so, I'm only going by what I've heard half-listening to the idiot box over there. Chicago, I guess, is the only city to host the G8 (8?, 4?) summit and NOT start preparing two years prior. So, the new Tasers are probably just Chicago trying to arsenal-up last minute. I keep catching mention of Chi-town cops only having the equivelant of motorcycle helmets with their riot rioters, go for the head.

Speaking of rioters, they've interviewed a whole lot of people/groups who plan on protesting and all of them say they plan on peaceful protests. They expect paid rabble-rousers to stir up trouble.

I suppose it's good they know it's coming.


posted on Jan, 19 2012 @ 09:23 AM
reply to post by UberL33t

Those will be close to the cities that the political conventions are to be held. South Carolina for the Democrats and the Republicans in Florida.

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