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Sunday, August 03, 2008

Letter from a concerned citizen

Attention: Alok Mukherjee
Chair, Toronto Police Services Board

Dear Chairperson Mukherjee,

As a concerned citizen, the site below should interest you, Vice-chair Pam McConnell, and other members of the Board concerned about the continuing use of Tasers by the Torronto Police Force. To date, 367 Taser deaths have been reported in North America - 22 in Canada, approximately 350 in the United States.

Many Taser victims have been psychiatric survivors - whom Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair has labeled "EDPs" (emotionally disturbed persons).

Tasers are neither safe nor "sub-lethal". Further, there is considerable medical-scientific evidence documenting the Taser's many serious health risks including cardiac arrest, arrhythmia, and death. Further, the relevant and negative medical evidence has been largely minimized, ignored or suppressed by Dr. David McKeown, Toronto's Medical Officer of Health, and Ontario coroners. Why?

As relevant evidence re Taser deaths, please read the powerful and personal statement [online] by Ms.Patti Gillman, sister of Robet Bagnell who died shortly after being tasered by Vancouver police in June 2004. Ms. Gillman delivered her statement on April 16, 2008 at a public meeting of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security in Ottawa. (click on url below, also "What We Believe" below photo of Mr. Bagnell.)

You will note that Manitoba Liberal leader Dr. Jon Gerrard has publicly called for an immediate "suspension on the use of Tasers" in Manitoba - the only political leader in Canada to do so. Once again, I urge the Board to recommend and issue an immediate moratorium, suspension or ban on police use of Tasers in Toronto. {see my previous submission delivered at a public meeting of the Board on September 28, 2006).

Please forward this letter to all Board members. I look forward to your reply.

Don Weitz
Toronto, Ontario

C: Patti Gillman
Councillor Pam McConnell, Vice-Chair, Toronto Police Services Board
Cameron Ward, B.C. Civil Liberties Union
Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer for Health/Ontario
John Sewell, former Mayor of Toronto
Alex Neve, Secretary-General, Amnesty International/Canadian Section
Linden McIntyre, "the fifth estate"/CBC
"The National"/CBC
Fred Kuntz, Editor-in-Chief, The Globe and Mail
Ed Greenspon, Editor-in-Chief, The Toronto Star
Dr. Jon Gerrard, Leader, Manitoba Liberal Party

See http://truthnottasers.blogspot.com


Riki Bagnell said...

It is most gratifying to know that there are many such concerned citizens as Mr. Weitz who are not afraid to tackle this issue in their own way. And every day, we inch forward slowly but surely, to achieving a solution to this horrific situation. Thankyou Mr. Weitz for your support. Riki Bagnell

Anonymous said...

this is not news or information b ut becoming a cult media board, I did notice how you forgot to mention the Winnipeg biy being shot, I guess it's ok by you for polise to just shoot people now. Sad you had potetnial once with this board but had drift far off course