This comment was posted on a CBC news story. [LINK]
(Posted 2009/02/04 at 2:19 PM ET)
Since when do police have the authority to "punish" people without trial? I thought that punishment was something that was decided AFTER someone was convicted of a crime? Sure, they have the authority to charge her, detain her, and to use REASONABLE force if required to keep her or others safe. I just cannot see how this kind of force was justified when she was already in police custody (in a cell!). ...
This concerned citizen obviously remembers what they learned in their Grade 6 'Civics' class.
Using tasers for pain compliance is a violation of several laws (start with s. 269.1). Sooner or later the legal system will catch-up with this issue.
For those with foggy brains that aren't keeping up, please read on...
Why can't the police use the glowing end of a lit cigarette to cause pain? Both the taser and a lit cigarette can leave minor burns. Both cause more-than-intense pain. They seem to be perfectly equivalent from a functional point of view. Please explain what's the legal, moral, and ethical difference? Well?
The hot cigarette is probably safer and cheaper.
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