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Tasers: SFPD’s new weapon

November 8, 2017 Opinion

Last Friday, all four mayoral appointees in the Police Commission voted yes on the approval for the San Francisco Police Department to use conducted electrical weapons, or tasers, in San Francisco. This underhanded decision was done despite the overwhelming disapproval for the opposition. The myth of tasers not being “real” weapons falsely reinforces the Police ...

Taser plan sparks mixed reaction

September 16, 2015 News

Campus police must undergo 36 hours of training before the University provides them with Tasers, according to a Statewide University Police Association official. Campus police won’t be allowed to touch or hold a Taser until they complete an eight hour training class according to Jeff Solomon, the president of SUPA. He said officers will then have to ...

CSU oversteps authority on Taser issue

September 2, 2015 Opinion

The California State University reached an agreement with the State University Police Association Aug. 27 that mandates that campus police officers have access to an array of equipment, including Tasers. In an email to the CSU presidents and police chiefs, among others, Assistant Vice Chancellor Michael Redmond outlined the details of the new collective bargaining ...

SF State police equipped with Tasers despite history of opposition

September 2, 2015 News 1 Comment

Access to Tasers will be mandatory for all University police following a recent collective bargaining agreement between California State University and the State University Police Association. Assistant Vice Chancellor of CSU, Michael Redmond, announced the agreement Aug. 27 in an email to all 23 CSU presidents and police chiefs, among others. CSU and SUPA deemed ...

University police to carry Tasers following CSU mandate

September 1, 2015 News

A new bargaining agreement between California State University and the State University Police Association Aug. 27 gave campus police access to an array of new equipment, including Tasers and pepper spray. The collective bargaining agreement between the CSU and SUPA mandates that the CSU provide “tactical and safety equipment deemed essential to protecting” students, faculty ...

Students search for definitive answer on why Wong said no to Tasers

February 19, 2014 News

SF State President Leslie Wong talks with Xpress news staff about his decision not to arm University police officers with Tasers Monday, Feb. 10. Photo by Jessica Christian / Xpress After an exclusive meeting last week President Wong told Xpress staff about his decision not to arm campus police with Tasers. Since the decision, student groups involved ...

President Wong decides against Tasers at SF State

February 10, 2014 News

SF State President Leslie Wong talks with Xpress staff about his decision not to arm University police officers with Tasers Monday, Feb. 10. Photo by Jessica Christian / Xpress In an exclusive meeting with Xpress, SF State President Leslie E. Wong said that he has decided not to arm University police officers with Tasers. “There ...

University groups complete Taser resolution draft

February 6, 2014 News

University Affairs students met with representatives from Students Against Police Brutality in the Cesar Chavez Student Center tonight, to further amend the resolution concerning the possibility of arming University police with Tasers. The meeting was called upon after previous revisions to the current resolution draft were lost in an exchange between ASI and the minute ...

Taser debate sparks student protest

November 25, 2013 News 1 Comment

The escalation of the Taser debate resulted in a rally in Malcolm X Plaza Friday, where students protested against what they see as the silencing of student voice on campus. Protesters also spoke out against the auxiliary merger between Associated Students, Inc. and the Cesar Chavez Student Center that threatens the benefits for some SF ...

Taser dispute rouses plans for protests

November 19, 2013

A group of students against the University Police Department’s proposed use of Tasers hosted a meeting in the Richard Oakes Multicultural Center, Cesar Chavez Student Center room T143, Tuesday, to discuss plans to protest Taser use until its demands are met. The demands include full disclosure of UPD’s Taser regulations and reduction of lethal weapons ...

University has yet to answer why campus police need Tasers

November 19, 2013 Opinion

Tasers, Tasers, Tasers… I get it – I’m tired of hearing about SF State’s Taser debate, too. But is the solution to let the administration do whatever they want because we’re annoyed that it’s taking too long to resolve?  That sounds childish. UPD and the school’s administration need to prove to us why they need ...

Students assemble to discuss Taser-use by police at SF State

November 14, 2013

[set_id=72157637685910014] [HTML1] Live streaming by Jasmin Taylor A group of more than 50 students organized in Malcolm X Plaza, Thursday night, to speak out against the proposition of SF State University Police Department (UPD) carrying Tasers. Students organized the event, but the audience was also comprised of ASI representatives and a few University staff members. ...

The Taser debate should stop, says Xpress news editor

November 12, 2013 Opinion 5 Comments

Drawn by Kirstie Haruta The entire dispute over Tasers is ridiculous and needs to end so we can move on to more important things. SF State President Leslie E. Wong should drop any pretense of caring what students think and simply announce to the campus community that the University Police Department is arming its’ officers ...

Taser concern dominates discussion at campus safety forum

October 24, 2013 5 Comments

SF State President Leslie E. Wong led a panel discussion on campus safety in Jack Adams Hall this afternoon, where he was hit with a barrage of student concerns about the University Police Department’s proposed use of Tasers. With less than 20 students in the audience, Alejandro Garcia Ochoa said the panel was not effectively ...

UPD awaits Taser approval from President Wong

October 23, 2013 News 2 Comments

At a party last fall in Redwood City, a fight over drugs broke out. Officers arrived at the scene and SF State student Daniel Atwood decided to make a run for it. He hadn’t gotten far before an officer fired a Taser at him. The probes locked onto him and sent him into a spasm, ...

Taser program standardization stretches statewide for CSU police

September 25, 2013 News 3 Comments

While campus police officers across California use pepper spray, guns, handcuffs and batons; SF State’s University Police Department officials propose another tool be added to their utility belt — the Taser — which would make the campus one of the last in the California State University system to be patrolled by officers armed with conducted ...

University police begin Taser training

September 17, 2013 News 3 Comments

University Police Department officers patrolling the campus and surrounding areas may soon carry electroshock weapons. These devices, commonly known by the brand name, Taser, are designed to generate an electric current that can disrupt a person’s muscle control. The University Police Department is drafting plans for their use after the California State University Chancellor’s Office approved the ...

SFPD one step closer to carrying Tasers

March 1, 2011 News

Police officers in the city might soon be able to rely on more than a baton or gun in the pressure of the moment. The San Francisco Police Commission gave approval, with a vote of 6 to 1 Feb. 23, to study the use of Tasers or other less-than-lethal weapons. In approximately three months, the ...

Staff Editorial: Tasers – Use with care

February 10, 2011 Opinion

When a police officer takes the Law Enforcement Oath of Honor, they swear to have the courage to hold themselves accountable for their actions. But with such incidents as last month when an agitated man allegedly stabbed a San Francisco officer and was almost immediately shot in the groin, it is becoming evident that police ...

Thousands gather at Berkeley to protest planned right-wing rally

August 29, 2017 News

***Additional reporting by Ian Williams*** BERKELEY, Calif. —  Thousands gathered at Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park Sunday morning in response to an alt-right rally causing an uproar of violence with counter protesters that left 13 arrested. Counter-protesters, numbering in the hundreds, seized Civic Center Park after police abandoned their positions in the face ...

Student voice must be at the forefront of change

December 1, 2015 Opinion

President Leslie E. Wong announced that a pouring rights agreement would not be settled Nov. 19 to a bevy of students and faculty members in the Seven Hills Conference Center. The response from those in attendance was clear: Thanks for making the right decision, but include us in the conversation at an earlier point. “Behind my back, ...

National day of action prompts SF State student rally

October 23, 2015 News

SF State historic organizations voiced their opposition to the California State University mandate that equipped all campus police with Tasers during the National Day of Action to Stop Police Brutality Thursday. The CSU and the State University Police Association agreed to allow campus police to arm themselves with new equipment, including Tasers and pepper spray, Aug. 27. ...

The SF State community is inherently tied to Ferguson

September 7, 2014 Opinion

Non-white lives are not valued in our society, unless they are those of people like Beyoncé or Kanye West, in which case they are only valued because they generate big money. On the first day of classes, the Student Union of San Francisco at SF State intended to join in a nationwide student walkout in ...

Confessions of an online serial dater: It begins again

April 11, 2014

I initially joined the online dating community in hopes of meeting new people around the city — people other than my peers at SF State. As the majority of you know, it can be tedious to actually make new friends, get into the dating scene or just casually get laid by randoms in the midst ...

Xpress sits with SF State President Leslie E. Wong

October 8, 2013 News 2 Comments

Q: How would you describe your last year here and what are your goals looking forward? W: Coming to a campus with a stellar reputation with probably the brightest students I have been around in my 40 years in higher education the issue, that I learned my first year is the effort we spent to ...

Campus Crime Update: Thievery, Illegal Driving, and Wormholes

September 27, 2011 News 2 Comments

Bookstore Thefts, oh my! Between September 19 and 22. Man, the bookstore can’t catch a break! Last week, there were five reported incidents of attempted shoplifting at the SF State bookstore. As of this writing, there have been 17 reported incidents logged by SF State police since August 11. Perhaps the bookstore should invest in ...

BART protesters strike Civic Center for the third time, promise to return

August 30, 2011 News

Nearly 50 protesters swarmed around Civic Center BART station and proceeded to walk up Market St. to Powell, Montgomery, and Embarcadero stations between 5 and 7 p.m. Monday, marking the third organized BART protest in what may be a weekly occurrence until the demands of the protest group Anonymous are met. Protesters were marching for various ...

Superheroes swoop in to fight crime

May 11, 2011 News 6 Comments

By Molly Sanchez – Special to [X]Press The sights and sounds of a riot filled the streets on a chilly night in Oakland when suddenly, strange figures emerged from an alley. Covered in glass and grime and with only their eyes visible, they glowed in the mad light of the city. In the middle stood ...

SFPD receives approval to research less-lethal weapons

February 24, 2011 News

The San Francisco Police Commission voted Wednesday to give the police department permission to research the feasibility, cost, training and development of a plan to allow officers to use less-than-lethal means of force, including Tasers. Last March, the commission voted 4-3 against a proposal developed by then-Police Chief George Gascon to study the use of ...

SFPD considers stun gun requirement

February 8, 2011 1 Comment

The San Francisco Police Department has recently been involved in three incidents that have called into question their use of firearms. The latest of which included an officer-involved shooting in San Francisco occurred Jan. 4 when police shot a man in a wheelchair who had been vandalizing city vehicles and attacked an officer with a ...