Recommendation 4: [LINK]
The RCMP should consider a review of its training to ensure that its members are well versed in the potentially dangerous nature of the weapon and to ensure that training provided to members assists them in appropriately assessing the circumstances in which deployment of the CEW is justified, bearing in mind the degree of pain inflicted on the subject during the CEW deployment and the potential outcome of such deployment.
Depending on the circumstances, the "degree of pain inflicted on the subject" [in the case of the taser, that is well beyond extreme] could be considered to be the key element of what is called 'torture'.
The "potentially dangerous nature of the weapon" [the taser, specifically the X26] and the "potential outcome" are obviously referring to 'death'.
Regular readers will know that I consider these to be the main issues: torture and risk of death. [LINK]
To quote the UN: the taser is '...an instrument of torture that can kill.'
If the police would fully adopt this message (and realize that the stungun salesmen are just the usual slick-talking salesmen), then perhaps they wouldn't be so taser happy and fewer people would die.
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