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By Anneli Fogt, Staff Writer
Posted Apr. 8, 2015 at 12:01 AM
Updated Apr 8, 2015 at 10:04 PM

SAN BERNARDINO — San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon on Wednesday stood by the department’s use-of-force training procedures and Taser guidelines weeks after the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation sued the department alleging they withheld requested documents surrounding Taser policies and use.

The Department’s Taser policies first came into question in 2012 when a Grand Jury report called for the Sheriff’s Department to create enhanced Taser training programs. Dante Parker, of Victorville, died in August following an incident where deputies stunned him with a Taser 12 times. Authorities ultimately ruled Parker’s cause of death as PCP intoxication.

When asked if there had been, or will be, any changes to the department’s Taser training or policies, McMahon said there have not been and likely will not be any changes.

“We continue to provide the most up-to-date training for our deputies,” McMahon said during a media event at the Sheriff’s Academy on Wednesday morning. “We have not found any (situation) where there was anything wrong with the Taser or its use. If it’s ineffective, it’s because of mechanical limitations.”

McMahon also addressed the topic of body cameras and said that the first thing the department needs to figure out is where the footage will be stored. He said cloud storage is expensive and that the sheer amount of storage that would be needed is not easily attainable right now.

According to McMahon and Sheriff’s Sgt. Glenn Alfaro, sworn law enforcement officials are required to undergo 24 hours of use-of-force and Taser training every two years. Alfaro said San Bernardino County Sheriff’s officials double these requirements, and do 24 hours of training every year. The department’s use of force training addresses Tasers, pepper spray, pepper bombs, batons and on-duty firearms, all of which are standard and are on deputies’ belts while they are on-patrol.

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