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Thursday, April 02, 2009

RCMP Tasering Justified: Watchdog

April 2, 2009
Josh Pringle, 580 CFRA News

The RCMP watchdog says the RCMP was justified in using a Taser on an elderly British Columbia patient. Chairman of the Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP Paul Kennedy says the Taser was a reasonable response to the threat the man posed to hospital staff and officers. In a report, Kennedy says the behaviour of Frank Lasser posed a threat to cause grievous harm or death.

The RCMP said staff at the Royal Inland Hospital called the RCMP in May 2008 after it was discovered the man had a knife and also made several troubling comments. Officers said Lasser refused several times to surrender his pocket knife, and a decision was made to Taser the man.


Anonymous said...

The most disturbing factor of this tasering, these "well trained, burly" cops were not so afaid of this poor fella that they went right alonside his bed and tasered him directly in tortuous stun mode rather than fearfully tasering him from across the hospital room to subdue him....if it wasn't so pathetic, it would almost be laughable. Is this simply another test to find out just how stupid we taser weary Canadians really are? Pity, no video on this one.

Anonymous said...

Someone should start watching the "watch dog"!!!