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Lawmaker calls for review of stun gun use on dog walker

February 2, 2012 | 11:40 am

A California congresswoman is calling for an independent investigation to determine if excessive force was used when a federal park ranger used a stun gun on a dog walker.

In a letter to the Golden Gate National Recreational Area, U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Hillsborough) said Wednesday that the stun gun's use Sunday appeared to be unwarranted, and she wants more information about the incident to be released.

Park officials say Gary Hesterberg was walking his dogs off-leash near Montara, west of San Mateo, in violation of park rules and was hit with a stun gun after he gave the ranger a false name and refused repeated orders to remain at the scene.

Speier is active in consumer-protection issues, including pepper spray and stun gun use, and it "does not appear that the use of a Taser was warranted," said her spokeswoman Katrina Rill.

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