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* San Francisco Police Commissioner To Again Consider Equipping Officers With Tasers

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The San Francisco Police Commission tonight will again consider whether to arm the city’s police officers with Tasers. San Francisco police have stalled in previous efforts in recent years to get the commission’s permission to use the stun guns. But department staff will come back before the commission at its meeting at City Hall tonight to make a presentation on a proposed Taser pilot program.

During previous hearings on the issue in 2010 and 2011, community and civil rights groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union spoke in opposition to the use of Tasers, arguing that the electrical charge from the devices can cause serious injury or death, and that Tasers are often used unnecessarily. Supervisor David Campos has already spoken out against the latest attempt to allow Tasers, stating his opposition during Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting. The Police Commission’s meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in Room 400 at City Hall.

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