December 2, 2008
The Canadian Press
AMHERST, N. S. -- Police officers in Amherst, N. S., followed proper procedure when they used a Taser on a struggling, combative man who was going into diabetic shock, the town's police chief said Monday after reviewing a new report on the violent incident.
Charles Rushton said the report confirms his officers didn't break any rules.
On Sept. 14, an unidentified Amherst woman called 911 when her husband's blood sugar dropped and he started having difficulty breathing.
When paramedics arrived, they called police after the 34-year-old man became combative and refused to let them administer an intravenous tube.
The director of the province's emergency services, Dr. Andrew Travers, later said paramedics were discussing the glucose injection to calm the man when local police caught them off guard by jolting him with the stun gun.
Travers, the medical director of Emergency Health Services, said the paramedics would have advised against using a stun gun on the 220-pound man if local police had asked.
The woman said she was shocked by what happened and she later complained to police.
"I left the room because it was very crowded and I was upset," the woman said at the time. "All of a sudden, I heard the officers telling him they were going to taser him. I ran down the hall yelling to them, `He doesn't understand,' but they zapped him anyway .. I told them to get out of my house ... After that an IV was put in."
Still, Rushtown said Monday he has told the town's police commission that the review of the incident determined that the use of the Taser fell within the guidelines of the provincial, federal and Amherst police policies.
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