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Thursday, December 13, 2007

PEI Premier wants review of taser usage

December 13, 2007

HALIFAX — Premier Robert Ghiz has asked his attorney general to review the use of Tasers in Prince Edward Island. Ghiz made the comments during a closing news conference at the Council of Atlantic Premiers meeting in Halifax Wednesday.
That comes as the RCMP’s watchdog is recommending the force restrict the use of Taser stun guns. The Commission for Complaints Against the RCMP says the 50,000-volt Taser should only be used when suspects are “combative’’ or pose a risk of “death or grievous bodily harm’’ to an officer, themselves or the public. The commission’s interim report on Tasers, released Wednesday, stops short of calling for a moratorium on the widely used stun guns. The RCMP and Charlottetown City Police use Tasers in Prince Edward Island. The Summerside Police Department does not have Tasers. “Our attorney general is following the situation, obviously,’’ said Ghiz. The premier said he will not go as far as Newfoundland and call for a moratorium on their use — at least not yet.

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