From staff reports
A San Marcos police officer used a Taser this weekend on a woman officers said was resisting arrest following a automobile accident on River Road. Monica Shiel, 40, and her son, James Shiel, 20, each face a Class A misdemeanor resisting arrest charge and James Shiel is charged with Class C misdemeanor charge of minor driving under the influence.
San Marcos police reported using a Taser 30 times in 2006, down from 38 in 2005. The department’s annual use of force report — which, it should be noted, is not required by state or federal law — is usually issued in March but numbers for 2007 were not immediately available.
A Texas State University public administration student’s statistical analysis of San Marcos police records from 2004 and 2005 found a total of 543 instances of use of force with officers using no weapon in the vast majority of cases. Officer-reported use of force also showed “no relationship found between race and the level of force officers display. There is a significant relationship found between race and the level of subject resistance,” according to an abstract.
— BRAD ROLLINS
This story originally said driving under the influence for a minor is a Class B misdemeanor. It is a Class C misdemeanor.
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