COLUMBIA | The Columbia City Council will consider a measure to ban Tasers and similar police weapons.
A group called People for a Taser-Free Columbia collected petition signatures from nearly 4,000 registered voters calling for a citywide ban. If the council rejects the proposal at its Monday night meeting, voters will consider the proposed ban in early November.
Activists have sought changes to city policy since summer 2008, when a 23-year-old Moberly man died after he was shocked with a stun gun for allegedly resisting arrest.
That came weeks after Columbia police used a Taser to subdue a man who threatened suicide while standing on a pedestrian bridge, but then fell off an Interstate 70 overpass. The city later agreed to pay the man $300,000.