Actual taser use (deployment) by the RCMP is down by about HALF!!!! from 2007 to 2008.
- Touch Torture mode (only) from 548 (2007) to 258 (2008): -53%.
- Full-on taser shots (with darts) from 587 (2007) to 305 (2008): -48%.
There are various ways to divide-up the various modes of deployment, I've chosen to lump combo (probe+touch torture) deployments in with probe deployments.
These -50% drops are larger than the "-30%" highlighted by the media headlines.
Note that this halving of the actual deployment rate is coincident with late-2007 - when the sh_t hit the fan. Coincidence?
Note that the rate of use is still roughly a couple of orders of magnitude (~100x) higher than the historical rate of police using their guns. RCMP do not normally shoot to death hundreds of people per year.
This information and graphic are based on information from CPC [LINK].
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