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Friday, April 18, 2008

B.C. Police Complaints Commission to probe taser use by transit police

April 18, 2008
The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER — The B.C. Civil Liberties Association is the latest to demand an investigation into the use of Tasers by armed transit police in Metro Vancouver. The association has filed a complaint with the province's Police Complaints Commissioner saying newly released documents suggest Tasers are being used against transit passengers in situations that border on debt collection.

The body that oversees Canada's only armed transit police service has called a news conference today and has issued a release saying members "do not, have not and will never" use Tasers on passengers for non-payment of fares. That appears to contradict documents indicating Tasers have been used 10 times in the past 18 months, including five times against riders who allegedly were trying to ride for free.

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