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Remember the “I Love New York” contestant who’s accused of a Visitation Valley murder? A witness to the crime, who’s been in witness protection in fear of retaliation to her testimony, testified in court yesterday that she “was shocked to see the man she identified as the killer appearing on a VH1 reality TV show just months after the slaying.”

A new SFPD report says that there have been eight SFPD shootings “where the suspect was not threatening officers with a knife, physical force or a vehicle,” all of which could have been prevented if our cops were armed with Tasers. Or would cops just start Tasing more people? That last question’s not in the report, but it’s an interesting question. What do you think?

While they wait for their Tasers to arrive, SFPD patrol officers will be trained to fingerprint stolen cars that have been recovered. We do have a CSI team (insert Who song here) that handles “more serious” crimes, but if the Examiner report I’m summarizing here is accurate, getting this kind of evidence will be a step up for the SFPD’s (some might say previously lax) pursuit of vehicle thefts.

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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  • seth22

    Not only would the police taser (sp? tase?) more people, I think cops should taser more people irrespective of whether or not they are being threatened.
    This is not because I want the cops to trample our constitutional rights, commit illegal acts, or be more threatening. It is because we would be treated to some damn fine street theater. With the proliferation of cellphone cameras, websites would spring up overnight dedicated solely to a montage of the days’ taserings (sp? tasings?). I’m laughing already.