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Saturday, April 09, 2011

Prince George RCMP fire Taser on 11-year-old

What the hell?!? According to RCMP policy on CEW deployment, the taser may only be used when: "a subject is causing bodily harm, or the member believes on reasonable grounds, that the subject will imminently cause bodily harm." This little boy, according to reports, was "emerging from the home."

April 9, 2011
Andrea Woo, Vancouver Sun

Mounties in Prince George fired a Taser on an 11-year-old boy who was suspected of stabbing a 37-year-old man on Thursday.

The incident began around 5:30 p.m. when Prince George RCMP received a report of a stabbing at a home, according to a written statement issued Thursday afternoon by Prince George detachment commander Supt. Brenda Butterworth-Carr.

Attending officers received information that the boy had allegedly stabbed the adult male, who was then en route to hospital. Police began a search for the boy and found him at a neighbouring property.

"Efforts were made to get the individual out of the house, and when he emerged from the home, a conducted energy weapon was deployed by a member," Butterworth-Carr said.

"The male was taken into custody and transported to hospital for assessment."

The West Vancouver Police Department is now investigating the matter. Prince George RCMP did not disclose the boy's relationship to the stabbing victim.

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