The Less Lethal topic section covers the complex topic of nonlethal force using Tasers and other weapons by police officers, with the latest news, training and expert columns. This topic is aimed at arming officers with the information they need to properly deploy nonlethal weapons.
Portland police were forced to repeatedly use a TASER on a man known to suffer from mental illness after he was caught shoplifting and grabbing knives from a display rack at a Whole Foods grocery store on Friday.
Video posted to YouTube shows two officers hitting a reportedly drunken and combative man with a TASER and then striking him at least six times with a baton while onlookers chanted. 'Feared for our safety'
One year ago, the SF Police Commission voted down a similar TASER proposal by then-Chief George Gascon. Now they have the green light to study TASER use, but does that mean the tool will soon land on cops' duty belts? 'Lively six-hour debate'