The province and policing partners agree that the use of conducted energy weapons should only occur when a person’s behaviour is aggressive or violent and could harm the person or the public or the police officer. [LINK]
Geesh. Basic Common Sense 101.
File under: Duh!
I've stated several times that if the subject is actually violent, then I don't care of the police are forced to use "a fricken flamethrower" on the subject. That statement is, I readily admit, a vast overstatement. Hopefully the brave police would display restraint and heroism, and would struggle to find a way to defuse the situation rather than mindlessly meet mindless violence with more mindless violence. Especially in the cases where the subject is probably mentally ill.
...it speaks volumes that the use of the stun guns has already dropped by over 70 per cent since Hyde’s death in 2007Not a bad start.
But it's still about thirty times the historical rate of police use of lethal force.
That ratio should be more like about five (roughly) to achieve an ethical balance.