Don't tase me, bro!
Just read the Nevius column today - http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/02/22/BALD1HQB6C.DTL - and must say, I'm eager for the debate regarding San Francisco police using tasers. Like Nevius says, I believe tasers (in theory) are good, as there should be a middle ground between a "police baton and a firearm." And, tasers are (for the most part...) nonlethal but powerful and are thus a happy (well, for some probably not) medium. Kind of like the phrase, "guns don't kill people, people kill people," the tasers themselves aren't as much of a problem as the training, or often lackthereof, on how to use them. Of course we remember the tragic situation involve Oscar Grant and Johannes Mehserle, where Mehserle thought he was grabbing his taser but instead grabbed his gun. Proper training is difficult and time consuming, but it beats the alternatives. In order to protect San Franciscans, the San Francisco Police Department needs all the tools available, including tasers. But they just simply HAVE to be trained well enough to use them. OK, am I advocating for a police-state here or does this make sense?