Police Chief Greg Suhr said the July 18 shooting of Pralith Pralourng, 32, by an officer in the city’s Financial District might have been prevented if the officer had the option of a less-than-lethal weapon.
Pralourng had allegedly used a box cutter to slash a co-worker at a waterfront business, then ran away and eventually lunged at a female officer with the weapon, prompting her to open fire.
The use of a Taser “could very well have made a difference” in that case, Suhr said today. “It would’ve been a tremendous opportunity for an officer to be able to use less-than-lethal force.”
He said the devices were already used by “almost every major department in the country.”
Still, this doesn’t address eye-witness accounts of Pralourng being in handcuffs when he was shot and killed: http://rt.com/usa/news/man-shot-police-witness-517/