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Stop SFPD from acquiring Tasers
  • Petitioned San Francisco Police Commission

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San Francisco Police Commission

Stop SFPD from acquiring Tasers

    1. Colleen Rivecca
    2. Petition by

      Colleen Rivecca

      San Francisco, CA

Despite evidence that Tasers are not effective at reducing officer-involved shootings, SFPD is trying to adopt tasers in response to recent officer-involved shootings of mentally ill residents.  The San Francisco Police Department wants to arm with tasers officers who are a part of a special team that has been trained to deescalate crisis situations with people with mental illness. Tasers are dangerous weapons, and their use has resulted in the deaths of 533 people in the United States. The SFPD should improve its interactions with mentally ill people by fully implementing the Crisis Intervention Team program, which was mandated by the Police Commission more than a year and a half ago. (To date, only 3 of the 8 Crisis Intervention Team trainings approved by the commission have been completed.)  De-escalation techniques like Crisis Intervention Teams are the only truly "less-than-lethal option" for police interactions with people with mental illness. No to tasers for SFPD and yes to competency in interacting with people with mental illness!

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Karen Castro SAN DIEGO, CA
      • about 1 year ago
    • Steve Franckiewicz VANCOUVER, WA
      • almost 2 years ago

      this is important to me because if I am correct the 9th circuit court has ruled that the police can not employ the use of a taser on a non violent person simply to have that person bend to the will of the officer. Tasers have become the weapon of choice to end arguments and are used far to frequently

    • David Allen SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • almost 2 years ago


    • Dale Stensland MESA, AZ
      • almost 2 years ago

      Why all the training if your going to just electrocute someone?

    • Charles Lyons SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      The SFPD already has known problems with excessive use of force, overstepping their bounds, and violating the constitutional rights of citizens. Tasers would just lead to more problems. Instead, you need to train officers to resolve problems nonviolently and respect the rights of the public.


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