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Axon, the company that manufactures the body cameras worn by San Francisco police officers, previously operated as Taser International. (Jessica Christian/2016 S.F. Examiner)
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Inconsistent audio on SFPD body cameras prompts transparency concerns,” Crime Ink, July 2

Taser International makes SFPD body cameras
In general, I appreciate the quality and thoroughness of your reporting. But on this story I believe you omitted a significant detail: the fact that Taser International, a much justifiably maligned corporate identifier, has changed its name to Axon, a seemingly neutral sounding name.

As you know, Tasers are very much still under review by the Police Commission.

I was shocked to discover the same company that makes millions of dollars in profits from Tasers now has a contract with San Francisco for sale of body cameras. Surely, there is some financial connection between the two controversial devices, both of which are under intense scrutiny.

You need to look behind the scenes, tell us how much body cameras are costing, as well as how much Tasers are projected to cost under the already approved 2017-18 budget.

Is Axom, which is very clever company, using the body camera issue in any way as a lever or negotiating tool in its never ending push that San Francisco police get Tasers?

Nick Pasquariello
San Francisco

S.F. residents are the only casualties in ‘war on cars,’” Sally Stephens, July 2

Licensing fees to slow ride-hails
Thank you for shining a headlight on the downside of San Francisco’s transit-first policy as it relates to the invasion of ride-hail vehicles. I agree with every word of the article. Recent reports show ride-hail trips of as short as 2.5 blocks. These cannot all be disabled persons seeking mobility, but rather include late or hurried or lazy persons who, if no ride were readily available, would walk.

Can we really afford the gridlock associated with making private rides so immediate? I think these cars are exasperating the delays and congestion.

I ask supervisors to consider licensing fees for ride-hail drivers. That would both help fund Muni and limit the number of ride-hail vehicles based on real cost to operators and commuters to offset those license fees in the form of increased fares.

Gary Linsky
San Francisco

Man awarded $190,000 for sanctuary city violation,” Crime Ink, June 28

Police simply doing their job
Recent articles on The City paying $190,000 to an illegal alien because law enforcement official did their jobs shows San Francisco leadership’s unmitigated contempt for the taxpayers who fund city services. This and other actions make it apparent to anyone watching that San Francisco’s elected and appointed officials believe they are above the law and have the right to pick and choose the federal laws and regulations they will obey.

The police officers and sheriff’s deputies that arrested and turned over Pedro Figueroa Zarceno to federal immigration authorities were simply doing their jobs. Remember, Zarceno had an outstanding arrest warrant pending. This agreement should not be honored, and Zarceno’s attorney should not be paid by The City. San Francisco taxpayers should remember this at the next election.

Howard Epstein
San Francisco Republican Party

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