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Gascon pushes for Taser use in San Francisco

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Posted: Thursday, February 25, 2010 8:46 am | Updated: 3:36 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco police Chief George Gascon wants his officers to be armed with stun guns so they have a less lethal option when dealing with aggressive suspects.

Gascon held a news conference Wednesday calling for the police commission to approve the use of Tasers. The commission rejected the idea last week although it plans to take it up again next Wednesday.

The former Mesa police chief said arming officers with stun guns would reduce the number of police injuries, save some suspects' lives and save the city money.

Some police commission members have worried about the safety of Tasers.

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

Tasers are manufactured by Scottsdale-based Taser International.

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