Over the next few weeks, all BART police will start carrying Tasers — which they will be required to have on them at all times. This policy has been in the works for years, but in the light of the July 3 controversial shooting, the need for the less-than-lethal guns seems all the more pressing.
Until now, Tasers were optional. BART spokesman Linton Johnson told SF Weekly that during last week's shooting only one of the two cops at the scene was carrying a Taser. However, Johnson declined to say whether the officer who shot 45-year-old Charles Hill was also carrying the stun gun.