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UF REFINES THE RULES FOR POLICE USE OF TASERS

A review follows police using one on a student in September.

Using a Taser stun gun against a student who disrupted a campus forum would still be allowed under a revised policy approved for University of Florida police, officials said.

The policy is the product of 14 separate drafts written since police shocked a university student at a September forum with Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass. The student, Andrew Meyer, resisted being escorted from an auditorium.

The new policy states that Taser use "is not a justified response to passive physical resistance." That would apply to a person who goes limp in the hands of officers, a technique often used during sit-in style protests.

It also states that a Taser should not be used "as a response to verbal dialogue." The revised policy also said a Taser should not be used against a person who is fleeing, unless that person is physically resisting, has harmed someone or presents an imminent physical threat.

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