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Report: All Chicago Police Officers To Be Equipped With Tasers As Part Of 'De-Escalation Tactics'

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Report: All Chicago Police Officers To Be Equipped With Tasers As Part Of 'De-Escalation Tactics'
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Shares of TASER International, Inc. (NASDAQ: TASR) surged higher by nearly 4 percent Wednesday morning following reports that Chicago's Mayor Rahm Emanuel will announce a major overhaul to the city's police department -- including a new requirement that all officers be equipped with a Taser.

According to NBC Chicago, Rahm and the city's Interim Police Superintendent John Escalante will host a press conference at 2pm on Wednesday.

The publication added the conference "centers around instilling into officers de-escalation tactics."

Under the new plan, every officer that responds to a service call will be required to carry a Taser device.

NBC Chicago added that more than 700 Tasers will be added to the Chicago Police Department -- more than twice the current amount.

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