Archive for the 'Canada (Quebec also under “Quebec”)' Category

CANADA – Saskatoon Woman holding knife to own throat disarmed with stun gun (2014-07-07)

Posted on July 7 2014 by admin

[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A case where the taser seems to have been truly beneficial,: Police shocked a woman with a stun gun as she was holding a knife to her own throat Saturday. They tried disarming her before using the taser, but there is no mention of trying to talk her into handing over the […]

CANADA – British Columbia: Burnaby Man tasered by RCMP and later dies; IIO begins investigation (2014-06-04)

Posted on June 4 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: An unnamed Burnaby man died after he was tasered by RCMP police, following a domestic dispute. “A taser was employed, and the individual is deceased,” confirmed Chief Civilian Director Richard Rosenthal of the British Columbia Independent Investigations Office (IIO). The RCMP say the taser had no effect on the man but say […]

CANADA – Police Taser sword-wielding man in Oshawa, Ontario (2014-05-28)

Posted on May 28 2014 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A “sword-wielding” case where taser-use might be considered appropriate: 22-year-old Jourdon Pope, clad in motocross body armour and brandishing a sword, was tasered by Durham Regional Police in Oshawa (population 155,000), Ontario. The police initially drew guns to make an arrest. According to the police, the suspect dropped the sword when […]

CANADA – Mississuaga, Ontario Woman Tasered last year by Peel police dies (2014-05-21)

Posted on May 21 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Iole Pasquale, 80, living in a retirement home and suffering from dementia was Tasered twice last year after police found her on the street with a bread knife. The cause of death was probably heart failure and is not being attributed to the taser. The police lack o due indulgence, according to […]

CANADA / QUEBEC – Montreal: Man Tasered at Islamic centre in vandalism stakeout (2014-05-20)

Posted on May 20 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Police are quick to report this “appropriate” use of a taser … : They say they tasered an unnamed 47-year-old man, who claimed to be related to an extremist organization, early Tuesday after he pulled a sabre on them and uttered death threats to the police. He was arrested after a […]

CANADA – Saskatchewan Man tasered after threatening self-harm with knife (2014-05-18)

Posted on May 18 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: An unnamed 26-yr-old man is tasered after he allegedly injured someone with a knife before attempting to turn the blade on himself. Insofar as police have access to tasers, this violence against another person followed by potential self-harm is a case of appropriate taser use.]] News Talk Radio Twenty-six-year-old allegedly injured someone […]

CANADA – Ontario: Roke inquest recommends Ottawa police Tasers, better training in mental health issues (2014-05-09)

Posted on May 9 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Matthew Roke, 33, who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia, died in May 2012 after he was shot by Ontario Provincial Police when he confronted them with a knife. The jury recommended that Tasers be available in all interactions between police and people armed with weapons other than firearms. More attention should be […]

CANADA – Ottawa Police Services Board approves plan to give Tasers to more officers (2014-04-28)

Posted on April 28 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Ottawa police to get more 1000 more tasers on a two-year trial period. The Ottawa Police Services Board unanimously approved the expanded rollout and purchase of additional Conducted Energy Weapons (CEWs), also referred to as Tasers, to front-line patrol officers during a two-year study. Included will be the development a policy that will include training […]

CANADA – Ontario Police can use gun if threatened by knife, even if Taser available, training officer says (2014-04-24)

Posted on April 24 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Having a taser does not mean the police must use it … A police officer faced with a knife-wielding person threatening someone’s life would be permitted to use a gun even if a Taser was available, a coroner’s inquest heard Wednesday. Three minutes after paramedics found Matthew Roke, 33, who died from […]

CANADA – Ontario Police can use gun if threatened by knife, even if Taser available, training officer says (2014-04-24)

Posted on April 24 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: If threatened with a knife, Ontario police can use a gun even if they also have tasers available, the coroner’s inquest on the death of Matthew Roke, 33, heard Wednesday. Mr Roke suffered from paranoid schizophrenia. He was shot before a supervising officer arrived on scene with a taser. A police-officer points out: […]

CANADA – Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario: All city police to carry Tasers (2014-04-24)

Posted on April 24 2014 by admin

  [[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Sault Ste. Marie Police Services Board approved the expanded use of conducted energy weapons for all police officers, for $30,000. It already has tasers for emergency service unit officers, platoon sergeants and a court supervisor. City police responded to six incidents involving Tasers in 2013. The weapon was shown five times […]

CANADA – Edmonton, Alberta: Family of man who died in custody after being Tasered sues the Edmonton Police Service ((2014-04-17)

Posted on April 17 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The Edmonton Police Service is being sued for $150,000 by the family of Jeffrey Tyler Oatway, 34, who died after being Tasered in the holding cells of police headquarters on April 11, 2012. The police are accused of “battery and negligence” “At least one of the EPS members used a Taser on […]

CANADA – List of deaths in Canada following the use of the taser by police officers (2014-04-10)

Posted on April 11 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: this is the most reliable list of Canadians – 33 –  who died after they were tasered by the police. Source: TruthNotTasers blog. The table includes names, ages, locations. dates and the official cause of death, where this has been released, as concluded by Medical Examiners or at Inquest.]]   List of […]

CANADA – Inquest into teen’s Taser death in Winnipeg wraps until June (2014-04-09)

Posted on April 9 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: At the inquest on the taser-related death of Michael Langan, a police-officer says he yelled at Langan several times to drop the weapon, which the officer described as a knife with a three-inch blade – not very long! Michael Langan “had a diabolical smile on his face” (??? – scared, perhaps?) and […]

CANADA – Safety fears sparked Taser use, officer tells Winnipeg inquest (2014-04-08)

Posted on April 8 2014 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Michael Langan, 17, died in July 2008 after being tasered by a Winnipeg police officer. He was found by police “holding a knife” – and police claim they were acting appropriately in tasering him. The Winnipeg Police Service asked a witness to the episode, who said he heard officers yelling at […]

CANADA – Winnipeg teen ordered to drop knife after he was Tasered, witness says (2014-04-08)

Posted on April 8 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS – A witness at the fatality inquest into the July 22, 2008 death of Michael Langan, 17, says Police warned Michael to drop a knife only AFTER they shocked him with a Taser and he fell backwards to the ground. The police squealed to a halt in their car and immediately drew […]

CANADA – Inquest called into Winnipeg, Manitoba Taser death (2014-04-07)

Posted on April 7 2014 by admin

[[SUMMAY / COMMENTS: An inquest has begun into the death of Winnipeg teenager, Michael Brian Langan, 17, who suffered a fatal heart attack after police shocked him with a Taser. He died on July 22, 2008. Taser International lawyer David Neave – who also tried unsuccessfully to halt publication of the British Columbia Braidwood Inquiry […]

CANADA – Regina, Saskatchewan Police Service officers not “trigger happy” with Tasers, says Regina police (2014-04-04)

Posted on April 4 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: After a five-year moratorium on Taser use, the Regina Police Service (RPS) has deployed the device three times in the past three weeks – although no argument is made here for its re-introduction. At this rate, Taser use could surpass 2006 when the device was deployed 11 times, and 2007 – the […]

CANADA – Toronto: Commentary: ‘Curtis Young case shows need for body-worn cameras on police’ (2014-03-31)

Posted on March 31 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: (No direct mention of TASER International here.) A defense lawyer argues for the deployment of body-worn cameras by the police, saying they are already being used in Edmonton, Ottawa, Victoria and Calgary. They were rec pommended in a Police and Community Engagement Review last year to probe allegations of police bias and […]

CANADA – Edmonton, Alberta Police chief told to lay disciplinary charges in Stanley Cup arrest (2014-03-25)

Posted on March 25 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Some eight years later, disciplinary charges will be laid against a constable who arrested lawyer Brian Fish during the 2006 Stanley Cup celebrations. Brian Fish showed up, when he was called by his son who said the police were getting “out of control”. Mr Fish started taking pictures. One officer pulled him […]