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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

RCMP acted appropriately in arrest of B.C. man who died following arrest: report

OH REALLY???? Robert Knipstrom, as far as I know, was pepper sprayed and then tasered AT LEAST SIX TIMES by the RCMP - please explain to me how THAT is considered reasonable!! And the "official" cause of death? Acute ecstasy intoxication (ok, I get that) and the "not-very-helpful" "excited delirium".

See also Taser Death Delay

January 25, 2011
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - The watchdog over the RCMP says Mounties acted appropriately in the arrest of a British Columbia man who was hit with pepper spray and a Taser before dying five days later.

In an interim report, the Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP says officers "acted reasonably" in subduing Robert Knipstrom during the November 2007 incident in Chilliwack, B.C.

However, the complaints commission has several concerns about breaches of protocol in the subsequent police investigation.

The report says two Mounties were called to a shop where Knipstrom was behaving erratically and a violent struggle soon ensued.

The Canadian Press obtained a copy of the complaints commission's November 2009 report under the Access to Information Act.

The RCMP has yet to respond to the findings.

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