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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.

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