Archive for the 'Special Investigations Unit (SIU, Ontario)' Category

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 – Ottawa, Ontario: ‘This is not a police state,’ Ombudsman says (2013-11-05)

Posted on November 5 2013 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The Ottawa police chief criticizes the Ontario ombudsman for suggesting the police service is resisting an investigation into whether new use-of-force guidelines are needed is “unfounded” and “not factually based.” The ombudsman had said: “I think some of the police community has forgotten that this is not a police state,” […]

CANADA – Ontario: Peel cop who used Taser on 80-year-old with dementia won’t be charged (2013-10-09)

Posted on October 9 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A case-study for taser-training discussion? Would be good …  OK to taser 80 yr-old woman with dementia? The Ontario Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has just cleared a Peel Regional Police supervisor who used his stun gun twice on the confused, elderly widow, Iole Pasquale, causing her to fall and break her […]

CANADA – Ontario: Police should embrace video, departing watchdog says (2013-10-01)

Posted on October 1 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : There are important limitation of police videos, but … the outgoing Ontario Special Investigations Unit director, Ian Scott, says police should be embracing the concept of video imagery – “lapelcams” and especially all police stun guns should be equipped with “Tasercams”. (He doesn’t directly mention TASER’s AXON system.) “For $400, this […]

CANADA – Make Ontario’s police watchdog an independent office, outgoing Special Investigations Unit chief says (2013-09-17)

Posted on September 17 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The need for a police watchdog to be independent of government interference … SIU director Ian Scott recommends that the agency be made an independent office of the legislature, which currently muzzles its director when he criticizes police. Cabinet ministers have often pressured him not to embarrass police. Mr Scott is […]

CANADA – Ontario woman, 80, fractures hip after being struck with police taser (2013-09-03)

Posted on September 3 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Ontario’s police watchdog (the SIU) is investigating an incident in which they say an 80-year-old woman suffered a fractured hip when she fell to the ground – potentially fatal – after she was struck by police with a Taser, at 3 am. The incident occurred one day after the province announced […]

CANADA – Cop’s ‘propensity’ to use force needs review, teen’s family to urge inquest (2012-01-23)

Posted on January 23 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: There is not mention of tesers here, but this article raises serious questions about Canadaian police officers using excessive force and the this is part of the “police culture”. Obviously the user-friendly taser comes in very handy in this atmosphere of what can rapidly become “police brutality”. This report also suggests that […]

CANADA – Father calls for OPP crisis team following Collingwood taser death (2011-01-19)

Posted on January 19 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The father of taser-victim Aron Firman (died June 2010)  “says his son’s death would not have happened had the OPP (Ontario Provincial Police) had a mobile crisis intervention team in place”. Ontario Special Investigations Unit Board chairman Paul Montgomery noted the the argument  “made a compelling case in principle . . . […]