The San Francisco Police Commission heard hours of testimony Wednesday night about the many benefits — with a little about the drawbacks — of Tasers. In the end, the panel decided to wait at least two weeks before deciding whether to start the process of arming officers with the stun guns.
Chief George Gascón called the delay "unconscionable,'' given what he called the clear benefits both to officers and suspects of giving police an alternative to firearms.
Commissioner Yvonne Lee said she simply wanted more time for the chief to ask the community about the wisdom of adopting Tasers. Two other commissioners, Petra DeJesus and Vincent Pan, said they needed time to look at studies about the risks involved. Besides, Pan said, he felt "blindsided'' that the item had been added to the commission's agenda over a holiday weekend.
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