ROSEBUD (October 9, 2013) -- Rosebud police officers are now carrying stun guns after a municipal judge raised concerns about firearms being the only combative deterrent in his courtroom.
Many of those officers serve as bailiffs for Rosebud Municipal Judge Matthew Wright. Wright suggested to City Council members that stun guns would be an adequate asset to his courtroom rather than a firearm due to the courtroom’s size.
“In the courtroom you're in a confined space, if you use your mace spray you might contaminate the entire courtroom," Rosebud Chief of Police Quincy Lee said.
"If you use your firearm, you might run the risk of injuring innocent bystanders. But with a stun gun, you will have better compliance with a person who's out of order."
The stun guns spared tax payers no expense. Five were purchased with proceeds from the sale of a patrol car and funds coming from the Rosebud Municipal Court’s security budget.
The stun guns are a first for Rosebud police; they’re something no officer in the department has ever been issued. Yet, according to Chief Lee, the stun guns are something that finally gives his department an upper hand.
“We’ve had several incidents in the past where citizens would challenge my officers,” Lee said.
“Some perpetrators will solely challenge us because they know there is no middle ground when it comes to us having no defense and using deadly force. With a stun gun, it’s a different story.”
Since his officers began carrying stun guns, Chief Lee says no one has tested his officers yet.
“Perpetrators are more afraid of the stun gun than they are a firearm, because most of the people we deal with have been stunned before and it’s a feeling they don’t want to experience again," Lee said.
Chief Lee says all of his officers achieved proper certifications before they began carrying stun guns, and that the training came free.