Here They Go Again…
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 officers who are a part of a special team that has been trained to de-escalate crisis situations with people with mental illness, ARMED WITH TASERS.
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. 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
SF NO_TASERS Collective
Task Force meeting Tuesday October 095:30 PM – 7:30 PM
SF Main Library, (Larkin & Grove), near Civic Center BART Station, 3rd floor in the Paley Conference Room
We are a working group comprised of 16 community activists, meeting every Tuesday at the SF Public Library, to defeat the 4th attempt of SFPD (since 2004) to secure a contract with Tasers International, INC.
and yes to competency in interacting with people with mental illness!