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Sunday, April 24, 2005

Taser contributes to police families

April 24, 2005
Kevin Johnson, USA Today

"The public relations machine" at Taser is well-greased. I've never heard of such a thing." - California State Assemblyman, Mark Leno

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Family complains of delay in taser-death probe

April 21, 2005

Ottawa -- Robert Bagnell's family is demanding answers 10 months after the Vancouver man died in the throes of a cocaine binge after being stun-gunned by police.

"We don't even have a cause of death yet," Mr. Bagnell's sister, Patti Gillman, said in a telephone interview from Trenton, Ont. "It's been extremely frustrating."

Mr. Bagnell, 44, died on June 23 in a rooming hotel on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. The long-time drug addict stopped breathing soon after being hit with a 50,000-volt shock from a taser stun gun.

B.C.'s police complaints commissioner asked the Victoria Police Department to review how the Vancouver force handled the Bagnell case. That final report has not been released.

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Taser-linked death ruled a homicide

April 13, 2005
Christina Hall, Toledo Blade (Ohio)