Tag Archives: tasers

Chief Bill Scott and the police union are both bleeding from self-inflicted wounds

The union may find itself relegated to a political bit player. The chief may find himself out of a job. And the SFPD may continue to run on autopilot. The Sixth and Bryant headquarters of the San Francisco Police Officers Association is well-lit and airy, with high ceilings and parquet floors. It is every bit as sleek and elegant as...

Listen Local: What’s up with Prop. H, SF’s Taser measure?

On Thursday, Listen Local sat down with Father Richard Smith of Faith In Action, a network of religious communities that advocate for police reform. The topic of discussion is Proposition H, a June 5 ballot measure that would arm San Francisco Police officers with Tasers. Sounds simple, right? Not exactly, says Smith. The Police Commission, the civilian oversight body that...

Lawyer John Burris, black activists, stump for Tasers — and against police union’s Taser measure

“I’d rather be hit by a Taser than a bullet,” says anti-gun advocate On Wednesday, the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, civil rights attorney John Burris, along with the organization Brothers Against Guns, announced their support for arming San Francisco police with Tasers. But only if the weapons’ use policy is subject to strict civilian oversight. “On...

SF Police Commission passes Taser policy, puts ball in Mayor’s court

What was, by all appearances, shaping up to be a circus of a Police Commission meeting quickly became a snoozy policy discussion that concluded with a 6-1 vote by the commission to adopt SFPD’s Taser policy. “I had a nice speech, but this went on so long, you don’t even need Tasers no more,” said Darnell Boyd, a community member,...

Taser Wars: Police Commission gamely moves to vote on stun gun policy likely to be undone by ballot measure

At some point on Wednesday, the meeting’s going to careen off the rails. “Shit-show breaks out” isn’t a Police Commission agenda item, but it might as well be. Various members of the public will recriminate one other and members of the government; members of the government will recriminate various members of the public and one other. Demonstrations will break out....

SF police chief Scott rejects Taser measure, enrages police union — and salvages any claim to being a ‘reformer’

Gary Delagnes was loud and angry and decrying his hometown as a feckless and stupid place with no denizen as feckless nor stupid as its chief of police. In other words, it was a Wednesday. “We have given this chief of police every opportunity to succeed. And he has been an abject failure,” thundered Delagnes, the former president and now...

Dramatic scene unfolds as commissioner considers tie-breaking Taser vote

Covering the Police is a collaboration with UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. Robert Hirsch, one of the newest police commissioners and a mayoral appointee, was considered the swing vote in the decision whether to arm the San Francisco Police Department with Tasers. Hirsch, a lawyer who had long been a hearing officer in complaints against the police, had said earlier...

SF police officials greenlight Tasers after long and rowdy meeting

Covering the Police is a collaboration with UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. Months of heated debate over whether to arm San Francisco police with Tasers came to a raucous conclusion late Friday night as the city’s Police Commission voted 4-3 to approve the stun guns. The meeting’s adjournment near midnight was met with thunderous cries of “shame, shame, shame,” from...

SFPD makes case for Tasers ahead of Police Commission vote

San Francisco Police Department Commander Peter Walsh on Friday afternoon made one last case for the adoption of Tasers, just hours before the Police Commission was set to vote on whether to arm the SFPD with the stun guns. The commission’s vote will be the culmination of a tense dialogue between community members, activists and police that has taken place...

Cost of Tasers concerns some; who will pay remains a mystery

Covering the Police is a collaboration with UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. As the San Francisco Police Commission considers arming the city’s 1,795 full-duty officers with Tasers, no one is clear on where the money will come from to pay for them. “There has been no discussion on funding,” said David Stevenson, director of strategic communications for the San Francisco...

Heavy gun belts are giving SFPD officers back problems

Covering the Police is a collaboration with UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. Atlas carried the weight of the world on his shoulders, and while San Francisco’s police officers don’t bear as much, they do carry a significant amount. Setting aside their bulletproof vests and boots, most officers carry between 20 to 30 pounds of weight on their gun belt —...

National training experts weigh in on SFPD Taser adoption

As the San Francisco Police Commission decides whether to equip the SFPD with Tasers, two national experts reforming traditional police training see a place for Tasers on an officer’s tool belt – but one also viewed them as less than critical. However, both agreed that training was key to using Tasers effectively. Sue Rahr, the director of the Washington State...

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,...