2007/11/08

Have the police in this country gone nuts?

Recently there was widespread publicity and controversy over the tasering and death of a Polish man who was stranded in the arrivals area at the Vancouver Airport unable to speak English. A witness who videotaped the incident told the national media that within seconds of arriving on the scene officers decided to taser him and administered two jolts which killed him. This incident is under investigation. There have been others recently.

Today Kelowna RCMP used a Taser on a 68-year-old man in a parking dispute.

Clearly the use of Tasers by police in this country is completely out of control. When will they wake up and realize that Tasers are not toys to be used with reckless abandon. Maybe the law-and-order forces in the Harper government should wake up and ban the use of these lethal weapons by police forces in this country.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

There is definitely a problem with the tasers, whether it is using too much juice or being too quick on the draw. On the other hand, it is understandable that the police are jittery given the deaths of two young RCMP officers in a month. These young men were just answering a call and had no chamce to defend themselves.

Cardinal47 said...

I agree that the recent deaths of these young RCMP officers is tragic. But this tasering problem predates their deaths which occurred in isolated areas. They ere alone with no backup.