Gascon supports tasers despite stricter standards

Police Chief George Gascon still supports equipping San Francisco police officers with tasers despite a federal appeals court decision that restricts their use to situations when someone's safety is at risk.

The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Monday that officers couldn't simply deploy a taser when someone is acting belligerent or disobeying orders.

The SFPD will eventually deploy tasers and officers would be trained to use them only when someone is “in fear of being assaulted,” Gascon said.

“I believe the taser is a less lethal weapon,” Gascon said. “It's not a non-lethal weapon.”

Just Posted

Battle brews within SF police union over leadership style

Gary Delagnes-endorsed candidate to challenge Tony Montoya for presidency

Cultural district to honor Native American legacy in Mission

Half a century after activists occupied Alcatraz in a historic movement for… Continue reading

Mayor Breed’s choice for Planning Commission clears first hurdle

Appointee Susan Diamond says she ‘wants to hear from all communities’

Multiple equipment and power failures lead to Muni delays

A series of mechanical and equipment problems caused major delays in Muni… Continue reading

Report finds disparities in PG&E power shutoffs among SF customers

Bayview-Hunters Point has highest rate of PG&E disconnections for nonpayment

Most Read