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Friday, November 09, 2007

RCMP investigating use of taser on Kelowna (BC) man

November 9, 2007
The Canadian Press

KELOWNA, B.C. — RCMP will investigate two of their own officers after police used a taser to subdue a 68-year-old man in Kelowna, B.C. Supt. Bill McKinnon ordered the administrative review amid concerns the officers may have breached RCMP policy.

A professional-standards member of Kelowna RCMP will interview the officers and determine whether they used the taser appropriately. The superintendent has some concerns with respect to the investigation, Sgt. Terry McLachlan said Wednesday.

The RCMP's policy is to use the conducted energy weapon when confronted by an actively resistant or combative individual, said Supt. McLachlan. The administrative review will be done fairly quickly, he added.

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