The Bay Area Rapit Transit Police Department stripped its officers of Tasers yesterday, days after a sergeant fired the electric darts of his stun gun at a 13-year-old boy fleeing from police on his bicycle, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The darts missed the boy. BART officials, who said officers would be retrained to use the devices, attributed the decision to the incident as well as a recent federal court ruling that narrowed the circumstances under which police can use Tasers.
In December, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit said a man could sue a San Diego County police officer who had stunned him with a Taser to gain compliance after pulling him over for failing to wear a seat belt. The man was “yelling gibberish and hitting his thighs,” the court said, but did not pose an immediate threat to the officer.