Toronto taser report: ...Yet, 11 people who displayed no aggression at all but simply refused, verbally or by not moving, to follow police direction were subjected to "demonstrated force." That can include having the taser pointed at them and electric sparks shown. Police rules allow for this but given the growing controversy over tasers, the police board would do well to give this policy a second look. If it's unacceptable for police to threaten passive people by pointing their handgun at them, why allow it with a taser? [LINK]
Legally - in Canada - this sort of nonsense is not permitted. The legal language is crystal clear (follow the links).
Fact - In Canada, the taser is legally considered to be a prohibited firearm. [LINK]
In the USA, the taser isn't considered to be a firearm. Many police officials in Canada failed to note the Canadian rules that state that the taser is a firearm. Even now, I suspect that not all police agencies in Canada have caught up with their probably-illegal activities based on failure to note the laws of Canada.
And note this - not one person has been charged with this huge coast-to-coast mistake. Not one. The laws and rules surrounding 'firearms' (tasers) have been broken, but zero legal consequences.
'Law-and-order' my ass. More like covering asses. The Blue Brotherhood of Silence at work again. Come on, at least a summons ticket. Just one. Please?
Fact - In Canada, there are rules about pointing a firearm. [LINK]
By this equivalence, pointing a taser is legally exactly the same as pointing a firearm.
And it makes sense too: In this sort of threatening 'display', the officer is as likely as not to point the taser at the subject's head. One slip of the finger and you've got darts in eyeballs and brains being fried. We've seen the recent news about how the taser current, when injected into the brain, can cause major problems in the short term, and nobody knows what long-term effects (but they can't be good). Not to mention the other risks...
And - by the way - this sort of police behaviour is clear-cut evidence that the police are getting their rules-of-engagement from Scottsdale, AZ (via the Taser-certified fully-brainwashed so-called Taser Trainers), instead of referring to the laws of Canada. This link must be terminated immediately.
And all the Taser-certified Trainers must be treated as damaged goods.
Good enough reason for a moratorium to allow time to clean up after the defective training.
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