01/23/2010

Calif. police department builds the case for stun guns

San Francisco's police chief George Gascón ordered a study of stun gun use

San Francisco Chronicle

SAN FRANCISCO — One-third of shootings by San Francisco police over a five-year period might have been avoided had officers been equipped with less-lethal options such as TASERs, a police study suggests.

Unlike many departments, San Francisco police officers are not equipped with TASERs, stun guns that disrupt a target's muscle control. Chief George Gascón, who ordered the study shortly after coming on the job in late July, says the city should consider adopting the devices.

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