Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Taser Update

Like Charles, I'm suffering from a bit of an empty brain due to general fatigue after a beginning to June that was far too busy.

In cruising some of my usual morning websites, I found the following link, part of the ongoing review of taser use in Canada following the tragic death of a Polish immigrant last winter at Vancouver International Airport:

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2008/06/17/taser-injuries.html

It will be interesting to read what that delayed report has to say, but even more interesting would be to compare it to the original one which was supposed to be released last week.

I promise a much better post next week!

2 comments:

Debby (Deborah Turrell) Atkinson said...

Wow, Rick, I had no idea the injury rate was as high as one-third. The Honolulu Police Department uses Tasers, too, and believes that it cuts down on the necessity for gun use and protects both the police and criminals. That's the law enforcement point of view. I think I'm going to approach Lee Lofland, a police and crime writer to guest-blog for us one of these days. We can ask him his thoughts.

Rick Blechta said...

No, it turns out that the injury rate is even higher since the journalists in the article only had access to censored reports. The person examining Taser use for the RCMP had access to the complete documents.

Here's some coverage on the report released yesterday:

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2008/06/18/taser-report.html