If you think things in San Francisco couldn’t get goofier, just you wait. The latest example is contained in two stories that tell tales of stun guns.
The most recent of these stun-gun stunners has to do with the San Francisco police. The SF cops several months ago asked permission from the city’s Board of Supervisors to equip officers with stun guns. Police Chief Greg Suhr had said the Tasers, as they are known, would serve to protect both his officers and the public by providing a weapon less lethal than a gun.
Suhr was making a reasonable request. Many police agencies in California use stun guns, including the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department, the California Highway Patrol and Madera Police Department. In fact, most law-enforcement agencies of any size in the United States use them. Some 17,000 in all, according to the Associated Press.
But the S.F. supervisors apparently don’t trust their own cops to carry these weapons. The pols began to pile on restrictions for their use. Among these prohibitions on using Tasers on people at-risk, the elderly, those who are too thin, or people within certain areas of traffic.
Suhr finally told the supes to forget it. All the restrictions probably would result in his officers to not use them.
But that wasn’t true of a certain little lady who was a BART passenger on her was into San Francisco on a train from Pleasant Hill. She saw two men fighting — one, a 30-year-old, was giving a 62-year-old a good pounding. So, she decided to take matters into her own hands.
She pulled a stun gun, and while other passengers were trying to break up the fight, she zapped the 30-year-old. He immediately lost his will to fight. After the train stopped, he was taken to a hospital for a look-see and then jail, according to Henry K. Lee, writing in the San Francisco Chronicle about the incident.
The S.F. supervisors better leave the little lady alone, if they know what’s good for them.