S.F. Supervisor Jane Kim wants Muni security guards to lose guns

By John Wildermuth : sfchronicle – excerpt

The armed security guards who walk alongside the Muni workers collecting cash from buses, transit-sales desks and fare machines will be giving up their handguns if San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim has her way.

Kim wants to revise the Municipal Transportation Agency’s proposed six-year, $38.3 million contract with Cypress Security, eliminating the armed guards the transit agency has used for decades.

“Small businesses handle cash every day without security guards, so why does the MTA need them?” Kim asked when the contract came up for approval at last week’s Board of Supervisors meeting. “I’m troubled that we have armed guards at the MTA.”…

Nonlethal alternatives

Kim suggested that the transit agency look at providing the guards who accompany the fare collectors with nonlethal weapons, possibly including electric stun guns, which San Francisco police are barred from carrying.

Supervisors David Campos and John Avalos sided with Kim at last week’s board meeting. The security-guard contract — and the question of armed guards — is up for discussion at Tuesday’s meeting, but the supervisors are unlikely to make a final decision. Any revised contract has to be approved by the transit agency’s board before it can presented to the supervisors… (more)

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