01/06/2011

SF chief calls for TASERs after two officer involved shootings in one week

TASER may have been better than pepper spray or beanbag shots, which are useless against pain-averse suspects

By Justin Berton
San Francisco Chronicle

SAN FRANCISCO — Use-of-force experts who viewed the video recording of San Francisco police shooting a man in a wheelchair questioned why officers moved dangerously close to the knife-wielding suspect and said an electronic Taser would have been the ideal weapon to use in that confrontation.

Tuesday's shooting outside the city's Department of Public Health building on 10th and Howard Streets occurred moments after officers responded to a 10:18 a.m. report of an agitated man puncturing car tires.

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