SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In the wake of at least three recent officer-related shootings, the San Francisco Police Department is reviving efforts to equip officers with electronic stun guns.
The department’s move comes nearly a year after the Police Commission narrowly rejected a proposal to even explore using the devices commonly known as Tasers
The commission cited safety and liability concerns.
Police shootings this year included an officer video-taped wounding a knife-wielding man in a wheelchair.
Use-of-force experts say that a solid case made by the department could win over a commission with several new members by citing Tasers as an alternative to deadly force.
Critics acknowledge that Tasers are less lethal than guns, but say they still pose a health risk, including death.
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