Const. Dan Cameron leaves court on August 11 (photo by Kendall Waters)
Am I READING this right?!?! "A provincial court judge ruled that while use of the taser WAS NOT EXCESSIVE, police DID NOT HAVE GROUNDS TO ARREST THE MAN in the first place, so Cameron's use of the stun gun WAS NOT WARRANTED."
Police had NO GROUNDS TO ARREST the man but USED A TASER when it was NOT WARRANTED. That's one of the DEFINITIONS of excessive force! This judge ought to find somewhere else to remember the good old days.
As for MR. Cameron remaining on active duty ... Mr. Kennedy? Mr. Elliott? Mr. Day? Would somebody PLEASE get this officer off our streets?!
August 11, 2008
The Canadian Press
100 MILE HOUSE, B.C. — A B.C. Mountie has been convicted of assault with a Taser stemming from a police call to a pub in 100 Mile House.
Const. Dan Cameron will be sentenced at a later date for the December 2006 incident. Cameron and two other officers were called to a pub on Highway 97, and arrested the man who was hit with the stun gun.
A provincial court judge ruled that while use of the Taser was not excessive, police did not have grounds to arrest the man in the first place, so Cameron's use of the stun gun was not warranted.
Cameron's sentencing hearing will be scheduled for sometime next month. An RCMP spokesperson says Cameron remains on active duty at the 100 Mile House detachment until after sentencing and the outcome of a formal internal disciplinary hearing.
Oh look - here's another heartwarming story about RCMP use of this life-saving technology.
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