[quote="Soutane, post:12, topic:196840"]
We've had PLENTY of people die from tasering in Canada who were not medicated only agitated.What happened to saps or the billy club?Break a leg or an arm,instead.Canadian studies have shown that the voltage and amperage varies greatly from weapon to weapon.Personally,I feel they are misused because the cop doesn't want to get his/her hair mussed or risk injury.That's what you get for hiring shrimps as police officers.
They are to often used as means of compliance or ensuring docility rather than dealing with actual threat.The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are severely restricted from their use after tasering an agitated non-english speaking immigrant to death at an airport.The Mounties lied through their teeth(it was all captured on tape)and it was sadistic and predatory and they are about to get their butts sued off-the cops and the force.
Exactly. I know the case you are talking about, a Polish men named Dziekanski, who was tasered to death at the Vancouver BC airport. The man was unarmed, he was agitated but didn't threaten anybody, and when four Mounties came to the scene, they tasered him several times until he died.
Tasers are the biggest scam I have seen in a while. Taser International lied to us, and the police lied to us. They promised to use tasers instead of guns, in cases in which the use of lethal weapons is justified. But that's not what they are doing, they are using the damn tasers as cattle prods, or remote controls, and compliance devices.
In the case of Robert Dziekanski, the Mounties lied that the man attacked them. Fortunately, a passenger recorded with his cell phone video camera the whole incident. There were four police officers against one unarmed, non-threatening man, and they tased away and murdered this man, tasing him several times until he stopped moving. Then, they had the gall to confiscate the other passenger's video recording, and lie about what happened, but fortunately the passenger sued, got back his recording, and promptly released it to the public.
Just search youtube - it's full of videos showing the police tasing 70-year old senior citizens, 12-y.o. girls, handcuffed women (!!!) - it will make your stomach turn.
What the police does with tasers, is disgusting. Don't tell me that a handcuffed woman is so threatening that you are justified in using lethal weapons against her. And that's what the police told us, that tasers are going to be used instead of lethal weapons (guns), as a less lethal alternative.
I believe tasers should be banned as a standard issue weapon for the police force, because of the rampant abuse of these weapons. I wouldn't mind giving tasers to special units within the police force, with the condition that the tasers should indeed be used strictly as a substitute to fire weapons, and those who use the tasers when the use of fire arms is not justified, should be fired from their jobs and sent to jail.
Here's a statistic from the TNT (Truth Not Tasers) website:
"ONE Canadian and FIFTY-SEVEN Americans died in 2009 after they were tasered by police, including a 16-YEAR-OLD BOY, a 15-YEAR-OLD boy - and a 17-YEAR OLD boy who became AT LEAST the FIFTH 17-year-old to die in North America proximal to the taser used by police.
At least SEVENTY-TWO North Americans died in 2008, including FIVE Canadians. At least SEVENTY-NINE North Americans died in 2007 after they were tasered by police, FIVE of them Canadian. 2006 (80), 2005 (77), 2004 (57), 2003 (20), 2002 (13), 2001 (4), 2000 (1), 1999 (1). In total, at least 485 people have died in North America proximal to police use of tasers since 1999. TWENTY-EIGHT people have died in Canada since 2003 after police used tasers on them. One person has died in Britain. Three Australians and one Mexican (that I know of) have died after they were tasered.
According to Taser International, the taser had nothing to do with any of these deaths. According to Amnesty International (December 16, 2008), the taser has been identified as either a cause or contributing factor in at least 50 of them. That number would be higher; however medical examiners and coroners are often not impartial but are instead biased in favour of the Crown or, as has been shown, they are under tremendous pressure from - among others - Taser International, to make a particular finding."