S.F. Police Chief Urges Stun Gun Use After Shooting
Dec. 11, 2015
San Francisco is one of only two of the nation’s largest cities that do not equip officers with stun guns, a situation the city’s police chief wants to change after police fatally shot a knife-wielding stabbing suspect.
Chief Greg Suhr says the fatal shooting could have been avoided if the responding officers had been equipped with Taser stun guns delivering 50,000 electrical volts and designed to temporarily incapacitate suspects without killing them. But experts, like CSUF criminologist Jay Wachtel, say police could benefit from more practice with stun guns.