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Friday, May 08, 2009

CBC: Your Best Stuff - Thumbs up: Top 5 most recommended comments

May 8, 2009

Taser use continues to be a divisive issue, provoking strong reaction in Canadians across the country.

Over 800 of you weighed in on the story of a Southern Alberta man who died after an RCMP officer used a stun gun to subdue him, though investigators say it's "unclear whether the device was successfully deployed."

Read more.

Here are your top five most recommended comments.

713 recommend: “From the article: "Police gave few details, but said they used a Taser on the man.... "The adult male then experienced medical distress and was immediately provided with emergency medical assistance."

We all now know that: "Provided with emergency medical assistance" is code for kneeling on someone's back until they stop breathing.

I sure hope there is dashcam video footage or civilian video footage, because, as we know, anything a RCMP spokesperson says when someone is killed with a Taser is nothing more than deceitful lies.” — effects

690 recommend:
“I used to work for Nortel. If one of the phones ever killed anyone the entire product line would have been recalled. Phones aren't suppose to kill anyone.

Neither are tasers. Why has this product line not been recalled? Why do the police insist on using this product which is defective x% of the time. Why does our government let the company continue business, and let the police continue use a defective product?” — reddwarf

550 recommend:
“""The adult male then experienced medical distress and was immediately provided with emergency medical assistance. The male was transported to Brooks Hospital where he later died," police said. "

TRANSLATION: The man began acting wonky, so they tased him a couple more times, then realized that he probably needed an amulance.” — Intelics

525 recommend:
“Somehow, I feel sure the RCMP will say that the man who was "observed to be injured", died of his injuries, not their taser. I also supsect that the RCMP "investigation" started with a look around to see if anyone recorded the incident, so they could confiscate the evidence. Of course, we could wonder why an injured man needed to be tasered. We could demand that the police stop killing people with this particular toy. We could fuss and debate on CBC about the wretched system that always exonerates or protects the police, no matter what they do. (they'll still do it) Such is the state of the public's lack of trust in the RCMP” — zedinbc

494 recommend:
“You can be sure that the RCMP will check very carefully to see whether there was any video of the incident before they decide what story they will put out.

Let's see, pick one:

1. He was holding a dangerous weapon, and WE FEARED FOR OUR LIVES.
2. He was in excited delirium.
3. We didn't actually TASER him. He was, um, hit by lightning yeah, - in two places centimetres apart, which left little red welts.” — Michael W

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