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San Francisco police commission rejects Tasers

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Posted: Thursday, March 4, 2010 9:18 am | Updated: 3:45 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco's police commission has rejected a plan backed by the police chief to arm officers with stun guns.

The commission voted 4-3 Wednesday night against drafting a policy for the use of the devices by officers after hearing from researchers and experts who said stun guns could be lethal.

Some commissioners have expressed concerns about the device's safety.

But Chief George Gascon says arming officers with stun guns would reduce the number of police injuries, save some suspects' lives and save the city money.

The former Mesa police chief cites a study that found as many as a third of officer-involved shootings in San Francisco over the past five years could have been avoided with Tasers.

San Francisco is one of the few major U.S. cities that does not arm its officers with the devices.

Tasers are manufactured by Taser International in Scottsdale.

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