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Taser study by Ohio police targets improvements

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CINCINNATI (AP) - Attorneys say a new report by Ohio police officials is a good first step in reforming policies on the use of Taser stun guns but that there's still more work to be done.

The report, obtained by The Associated Press, was written by police officials from nine agencies belonging to the Hamilton County Association of Police Chiefs.

It comes after criticism by attorneys following at least five suspect deaths in southwestern Ohio between 2009 and this year.

The report identifies multiple areas where improvements can be made to some police department policies.

That includes urging officers to avoid Taser shots to the chest, something that Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Taser has recommended since 2009.

Taser officials say the devices are far safer than guns and regularly protect officers from harm.

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