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Wednesday, March 25, 2009
RCMP going backwards
CBC News has learned that two sentences were erased from the main document that guides officers' actions on Feb. 3, 2009, the first limiting Taser usage to one shot and no more than 20 seconds at a time, and the second requiring officers to warn suspects before deploying a stun gun. "They have in fact not placed stricter guidelines on the multiple usage of the Taser: they've in fact removed the ban on multiple use in their new guidelines," said Liberal MP Ujjal Dosanjh, who chaired a parliamentary committee that reviewed RCMP Taser use. "And that is absolutely reprehensible, it's unacceptable, it's retrogressive — it's actually moving backwards." [LINK]