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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

No criminal charges against Edmonton officers in taser incident

October 28, 2009
The Canadian Press

There will be no criminal charges against two Edmonton policemen in the death of a man who was hit with a stun gun as he rampaged through a pawn shop.

The executive director of the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team says an 11-month investigation showed the constables were justified in their actions.

Thirty-eight-year-old Trevor Grimolfson died last October after police used a taser twice to restrain him.

They had responded to a call of a violent agitated man, who they say did not respond to their verbal commands to calm down.

The chief medical examiner determined Mr. Grimolfson was on drugs and died of excited delirium.

The U.S. company that makes Tasers points out that it has never been proven that the stun guns have directly caused a death in Canada.

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