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Calif. chief presses city to buy TASERs

San Francisco is one of the few major cities that doesn't arm officers with stun guns

San Francisco Chronicle

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco Police Chief George Gascón challenged the city's Police Commission on Wednesday to approve TASERs, saying it was inexcusable and "negligent" to deny officers a less-lethal means of dealing with dangerous suspects.

San Francisco is one of the few major U.S. cities that does not arm its officers with the stun guns. Last week, the commission balked at Gascón's proposal to develop a protocol for equipping officers with the devices, with four of the seven members rejecting the idea and the entire panel agreeing to reconsider the matter next Wednesday.

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