Police taser cam:June 14/08,released
A video and audio recording made by a Fitchburg police officer's Taser weapon helped confirm the officer's account of a struggle with a man that led to his shooting death by the officer, District Attorney Brian Blanchard said Friday.
The recording, along with other reports from witnesses that included the man's relatives and neighbors, led Blanchard to conclude that Officer Eric Disch acted lawfully, matching "the direct threat of lethal force with lethal force" when he shot Juan Manuel Avalos-Cisneros on June 14.
The video technology incorporated into the Taser that Disch was using is relatively new and is uncommon among local police agencies.
Disch, 26, has been a police officer for five years and at Fitchburg since November. Fitchburg Police Chief Tom Blatter said Disch is currently on administrative leave pending the outcome of the
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