Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), having very recently been involved in the taser-associated death (#21 in Canada, June 23, 2008) of Jeffrey Marreel, age 36, at Norfolk, Ontario, are still tasering away at rowdies and drunks as if nothing has changed.
"Huronia West OPP [just one division] said they were forced to use tasers at least twice over the weekend in the cottage country town, as revellers got an early start on Canada Day celebrations." [LINK]
These sorts of taser deployments make a mockery of the multiple taser inquiries in Canada. And they provide strong justification for a moratorium. Obviously the police in Canada are totally ignoring many of the most-important recommendations arising from the various inquires. It's time to get their attention.
Perhaps it is past time for Canadian litigation lawyers to get in there and sue. Perhaps it can be based on the recently-noted 1998 rule that classifies the tasers as 'firearms' in Canada. [LINK] [LINK] [LINK] [LINK] Another apparent opening might be centered around CC 269.1. [LINK]
And the words 'at least' indicate the poor record-keeping and/or timely reporting associated with deployment of the tasers. And given that tasers are firearms in Canada, that self-confessed lack of record-keeping and/or timely reporting is probably a violation of many firearms regulations.
What an out-of-control mess.
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