SAN MATEO, CA - Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) today expressed her concerns to Golden Gate National Recreational Area Superintendent Frank Dean about the tasing of one of her constituents. In a letter to Dean, Speier requested information about an incident that occurred on Sunday, January 29, 2012 at Rancho Corral de Tierra in which Mr. Gary Hesterberg of Montara who was walking his dogs off-leash was tased by a park ranger.
Speier stated, “Many of my constituents are understandably angered by what appears to be an excessive use of force by a park ranger.” She added, “From the information I have to date, it does not appear that the use of a taser was warranted.”
Speier requested information about training in taser usage for park rangers, including the appropriate utilization and risks of tasers. She also asked how the public was informed about dog policy changes at Rancho Corral de Tierra which now require all dogs to be leashed.
Speier suggested the appointment of an independent investigator to evaluate whether park regulations were violated and excessive force was utilized in the January 29 incident.
While in the California Legislature, Speier worked closely with state officials on the use of tear gas, stun guns and pepper spray.
Here is a copy of the letter to Dean.