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SF Coffee with a Cop yields casual chatter, questions about homicides

Officers Viet Ha and Joseph Dal Porto were prepared to have coffee with the residents of the Tenderloin who wandered into the Peet’s on Market Street when a woman approached them.   “Excuse me?” she asked tentatively. “There is a homeless man exposing himself in the BART station.” It was a not-so-perfect start to Coffee with a Cop, a National...

The Tasers SF proposes buying are backed by few studies

To Rick Smith, the founder and chief executive officer of Axon, which manufactures Tasers, electricity is not something to be feared, but revered. Electricity offers life. Without it, Smith wrote in 2007, “Earth would be nothing but a barren rock in the cosmos.” And Smith has long been determined to prove this point, arguing that equipping law enforcement with the...

Tasers in SF: The view from North Beach and Russian Hill

Covering the Police is an effort to look more closely at how police work in the Mission and elsewhere in the city. It is a collaboration with U.C. Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.  On the foggy Wednesday morning after last week’s public hearing in which more than 100 residents made it clear that they largely oppose Tasers and distrust the police,...