San Francisco police approved to use stun guns

AP News
Posted: Nov 04, 2017 1:05 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Police Commission has voted to arm police officers with stun guns in the wake of a deadly shooting.

The 4-3 vote on Friday was met with shouts of "Shame!" from activists. Opponents contend that the supposedly less-lethal weapons can kill and could escalate rather than de-escalate confrontations.

San Francisco has considered and rejected the use of stun guns by police for more than a dozen years, in part because of community opposition.

However, the idea gained traction after a knife-wielding man was shot and killed two years ago after police failed to stop him with non-lethal weapons.

San Francisco and Boston are the only major U.S. cities that don't equip officers with stun guns.

Friday's vote will allow their use as of December 2018.