San Francisco Police Chief Tries Again To Arm Officers With Tasers

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – San Francisco Police Chief George Gascon said he is going back to the Police Commission to try to get the okay to arm officers with Tasers.

This comes in the wake of two officer-involved shootings in the past week.

KCBS’ Bob Melrose Reports:

Last week, a man was shot and killed in the Portola district after police responded to a call of a disturbance at the home he was at.

On Tuesday, a man in a wheelchair armed with a knife was shot and wounded by officers.

Police Chief George Gascon said he believes that if the officers involved in both shootings had had Tasers, things would have been different.

“San Francisco is a little different. I’ll be very frank with you, in most other cities in this country, the chief of police would not have to make a presentation,” Gascon said. “They all have Tasers. I underestimated the political environment that I was operating under.”

The makeup of the commission is different than when he first pitched the idea last year and Gascon admits that implementing the idea and training officers could take a year if it is approved.

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Comments

One Comment

  1. sanders says:

    Seriously? SF cops shot a man in a -wheelchair-, and now the chief wants them armed with a weapon even more likely to be abused?

    1. pablo says:

      Sanders, don’t be so ignorant. The police commission needs to get off its butt and try to save lives by letting the cops use these tools. You think its sooooo easy to take somebody into custody without injuring them. You’re an ASS.

    2. D says:

      Sanders, maybe you should try a ride-along.

  2. JaneQPublic says:

    “I underestimated the political environment that I was operating under.”

    Oh – boo-hoo. This is PATHETIC!

    Try arming those officers with some COMMON SENSE and training on how to DE-escalate – themselves! The picture tells a 1000 words – those officers are totally out of knifing range. – yet the “fear for their lives”????

    Just incredible. and pathetic….

  3. 10-8 says:

    Why trying to save any suspect’s life with a taser…so we taxpayer can pay for their pathetic life in prison? Don’t put yourself in that situation and obey the friggin law.

    Taser X26 cartridge= $92.95
    Glock .40 ammo= $.35
    Suicide by cops= priceless

    Come on people have some common sense.

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