NOW the Province is coming to the Rescue.. after not listening in time.. only after the fact the minister is reacting.
Toronto police officer shoots Sammy Yatim dead with 8 bullets, then the taser was used. Officer was charged with second degree murder- Solution: TASERS FOR ALL OFFICERS IN ONTARIO!!!
All Front Line Police use of Tasers expected to be approved in Ontario -Toronto Star >http://bit.ly/16JSQzq
“One month after Toronto’s Sammy Yatim was shot on a TTC streetcar Community and Safety Minister Madeleine Meilleur is expected to announce that all front-line officers in the province will be permitted to carry Tasers.
“In the case of Yatim’s shooting, the officer charged with second-degree murder did not have a Taser. A supervisor deployed a Taser after Yatim was shot.”
In a news release the Canadian Civil Liberties Association opposed the extended use of stun guns. The CCLA “urges police forces instead to invest in de-escalation training, and mental health and disability crisis response teams, rather than additional weaponry,” the statement, released just now, states.”
Read CCLA’s media release responding to the decision:
“Up to now, only supervising and specialized officers were allowed to carry stun guns” >http://bit.ly/1dmZmG2
The death of a mentally ill man after he was Tasered ‘key factor’ in man’s death, inquest told http://bit.ly/12uGhgA
Conducted Energy Weapons (commonly known as Tasers) are one of several use-of-force weapons that police may use to subdue or restrain an individual. CMHA Ontario is concerned about the use and safety of Tasers, as well as the propensity of law enforcement officials to deploy them on people experiencing a mental health crisis. This paper identifies our position on use of Tasers and recommends first response alternatives police can use to engage with people experiencing a mental health crisis. http://bit.ly/19Ks0vL