In the first three months Palo Alto police carried Tasers, officers stunned one man and pointed the electronic stun guns at seven other people, according to a quarterly report released by the Police Department.
Sometime between Sept. 27 and Dec. 31, 2007, police zapped a 66-year-old man who was asking officers to shoot him. The department had received a call from a Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System nurse, who was struggling to deal with a man suffering from mental health problems.
When officers arrived at the residence, the man physically attacked one officer and was then Tased, according to the report, written by Assistant Chief Dennis Burns.
The man, who is white, was taken to Stanford Hospital for an exam, which he passed, and transferred to the Veterans Affairs hospital for mental health treatment, Burns wrote.
The other seven times officers drew their Tasers and provided a warning, but "the subjects complied with officers' commands as soon as the Taser was pulled and pointed at them," Burns wrote.
"This is exactly what staff had hoped for," he said.
The Taser uses, which also took place between Sept. 27 and Dec. 31, include:
* Palo Alto officers assisted Mountain View police to arrest a violent parolee in a local hotel. After the Taser was pointed at him, the Hispanic male adult complied.
* Receiving a call about a man walking down the middle of the street without a shirt and with his pants down, officers found a white male adult believed to be under the influence who wouldn't respond to their commands. Threatened with the Taser, he complied.
* After hearing that a man was annoying students at Palo Alto High School, officers found a white adult male who would not obey them. One officer used a Taser to "cover" the other officer who arrested the man.
* An African-American male was spotted weaving while riding his bicycle. The man began running when approached by officers. After running about 200 yards, he turned around and ran toward the officers. The officer pulled out a Taser and the man surrendered. He was charged with bicycling while intoxicated.
* Officers were called to deal with an Asian male adult who was staggering down the street. The man did not initially comply with officers but obeyed after a Taser was pointed at him
* A white male adult escaped from the Stanford Hospital Emergency Room where he had been brought because he was considered a danger to himself. An officer spotted the man, who would not obey commands. A Taser was pointed and another officer took the man into custody.
* Hearing about a fight at a hotel, officers found an Asian male adult and a Hispanic male adult physically fighting. A Taser was used to break up the fight.
The department owns 100 Tasers, equipped with cameras that turn on automatically.
Burns said each officer's Taser camera is inspected quarterly. The department plans to issue quarterly reports about Taser use, but has said it will not discuss Taser use immediately after an incident.