San Francisco Police Commission to vote on arming officers with Tasers

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A big decision could come later on Friday regarding the question of whether to arm San Francisco police officers with stun guns -- more commonly known as Tasers.  

There has been strong community opposition to Tasers and now, the debate is heating up once again.  

 

On Friday at 5 p.m., the Police Commission will be meeting at City hall to vote on whether officers should be armed with the stun guns.

 

Since being sworn in at the beginning of this year, Police Chief William Scott has pushed a plan to put stun guns in the hands of officers, to give them another less lethal use of force option. 

 

However previous attempts by past chiefs to arm officers with Tasers have failed because of strong public opposition.  

 

Critics worry stun guns will be used disproportionately on people of color, the homeless and the mentally ill.  

 

And after cell phone video captured a homeless man attacking a San Francisco officer near Ocean Beach earlier this year, the police union ramped up its efforts to get Tasers.  

 

The Police Officers Association says the officer in this case would have used a stun gun to take the man into custody -- instead he fought with the man until backup arrived.

 

 The US Department of Justice has recommended the police commission explore the use of Tasers after a thorough review of the SFPD.      

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