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Teen tasered by Hartford Police speaks out after stats show stun guns used more on minorities

HARTFORD–Preliminary statewide data suggests police tend to pull the stun gun trigger more often on minorities. The Associated Press gathered the 2015 num...
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HARTFORD--Preliminary statewide data suggests police tend to pull the stun gun trigger more often on minorities.

The Associated Press gathered the 2015 numbers from the state Office of Policy and Management.

State law now requires all police departments to provide annual taser or stun gun data.

The numbers show that 30 percent of stun guns used in 2015 were on African Americans and 21 percent on Hispanics.

Because the state is 75 percent white, the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut points out that those statistics are extremely disproportionate to the state's racial makeup.

Another significant disparity is that warnings without actually using stun guns favored white suspects 40 percent of the time, while only 31 percent of the time for Hispanics and just 20 percent of the time for African Americans.

Luis Anglero, Jr., 19, who Hartford Police used a Taser on in August of 2014, doesn't think the numbers are all that surprising.

"Everything should be approached the same exact way, just like if he was approached just because he's white, I should be approached that same way," Anglero said.

All charges against Anglero were eventually dropped, but an internal investigation determined that the officer was not out of line for using his Taser.

Central Connecticut State University is gathering all the numbers and is expected to issue a report in a month or so.

The analysis will include not only race, but also outcomes, as well as the circumstances behind an officer's decision to use a stun gun.

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