Golden Gate University Law Review


Elizabeth Seals


This Comment proposes that California adopt legislation to regulate law-enforcement taser use. Part I introduces the history of tasers and their current use in law enforcement. Part II.A explains the need for legislation in California, supported by the documented deaths and health risks associated with taser use, and the widespread concern about police use among various private and governmental organizations. Part II.B identifies the successful taser legislation of other states, while Part II.C discusses an unsuccessful attempt at taser legislation in California. Finally, Part II.D introduces a model statute that California legislators should adopt, which should include training and reporting requirements as well as guidelines for use, and distinguishes it from the shortcomings of a previous, failed bill.