Hallandale Beach mayor, 2 commissioners feel effects of Taser gun

Elected officials agree to be guinea pigs during training


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – The mayor of Hallandale Beach and two commissioners agreed to feel the effects of a Taser gun during a training exercise Monday.

Mayor Joy Cooper, Commissioner Michele Lazarow and Commissioner Keith London were willing guinea pigs during an interactive day at the Broward County Police Academy. The video of their reactions was posted on the city's YouTube page.

Each was seated, wired and felt the voltage for a full two seconds, the YouTube video explained.

"That's wicked," Lazarow said after she was stunned.

Cooper was joking with the police officers during the exercise.

"I do have a living will," she said.

Officers seemed surprise that she didn't yell.

London was all smiles before he was stunned. One officer joked that they should increase the voltage.

"Don't tase me, bro," London said, poking fun at the 2007 incident at the University of Florida when student Andrew Meyer was stunned with a Taser gun.

Police have been criticized for their use of deadly force, which is why many agencies have turned to Taser guns as a safer alternative.

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