SF Police Commission Seeks Public Input on Tasers
San Francisco's Police Commission will hold the last of three community meetings on Monday, February 11, seeking input on whether to equip some officers with tasers.
Chief Greg Suhr wants to give the stun guns to about five percent of the force, especially crisis intervention officers who deal with the mentally ill.
Commander Mikael Ali said tasers would help improve public safety.
"When you’re looking at the presence of electronic control weapons," he said, "you see a marked decrease in injuries sustained by those that the weapons system is used against."
But Jennifer Friedenbach, Executive Director of the San Francisco Coalition on Homelessness, is concerned about officers using excessive force.
"We are really concerned with the idea that the specific proposal coming from the San Francisco Police Department is to use tasers on people who are experiencing psychiatric crises," Friedenbach said.
The February 11 meeting is from 6-8 PM at the Bayview Opera House.
San Francisco's two previous police chiefs also requested tasers for their officers. The Police Commission denied both requests.