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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...

SF Southern police district residents bristle at Taser proposal

Covering the Police is a collaboration with Mission Local and UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism As the San Francisco Police Department pushes to bring Tasers into its arsenal, many of the residents interviewed in the city’s Southern police district, which runs from the South of Market area to the bay, remain opposed. Although the San Francisco Police Commission has...