Police Chief Makes Argument for Tasers
LAS VEGAS - JANUARY 08: Taser International Inc. sales manager Doug Cote demonstrates the company's newly launched Taser C2 at the Venetian during the 2007 International Consumer Electronics Show January 8, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The new stun gun is smaller than earlier models and has a non-threatening grip, according to Stephen Tuttle, vice president of communications. Two models, one that will sell reportedly for USD 299 and one with a laser pointer feature and color options, USD 349, will be available in April 2007. The world's largest consumer technology tradeshow runs through January 11 and features 2,700 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to more than 150,000 attendees. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
San Francisco police Chief George Gascon wants his officers to be armed with stun guns so they have a less lethal option when dealing with aggressive suspects.
Gascon held a news conference Wednesday calling for the police commission to approve the use of Tasers. The commission rejected the idea last week although it plans to take it up again next Wednesday.
Gascon said arming officers with stun guns would reduce the number of police injuries, save some suspects' lives and save the city money.
Some police commission members have worried about the safety of Tasers.
San Francisco is one of the few major U.S. cities that does not arm its officers with the stun guns.
Published at 9:12 AM PST on Feb 25, 2010
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