SF court rules on police use of Tasers

December 29, 2009 10:00:19 AM PST
A federal appeals court ruling in San Francisco is now setting a new standard for exactly when police can use Tasers.

Police favor stun guns as a non-lethal alternative to deadly force, but the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals says there needs to be stricter rules on when those Tasers are used.

The court now says the suspect must pose an immediate threat to the officer or a member of the public for a Taser to be used.

The ruling also notes that an officer cannot use a Taser simply because a person is disobeying orders or acting erratically.