Thursday, November 22, 2007

Canada's Third Taser Death in Five Weeks


OTTAWA (AFP) - A third death in five weeks linked to the use of Taser stun guns by police in Canada on Thursday prompted a ministerial inquiry in easternmost Nova Scotia province.

Justice Minister Cecil Clarke ordered the review into the use of Tasers in Nova Scotia, he said, following the death of a 45-year-old man who died in police custody Wednesday, hours after being zapped.

More on this story from POGG,eh, and from CBC News.


CityNews is reporting that the Commons Public Safety Committee will probe Robert Dziekanski's Taser death:

The death of Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski following two jolts from RCMP Taser guns at Vancouver airport last month has opened up a fierce debate concerning the use of the debilitating high-voltage weapons. Several inquiries are already underway, and on Thursday the Commons public safety committee announced they would also be launching a probe into the events that unfolded on that ill-fated day.

Committee members from all four parties voted unanimously to review the circumstances of the case and they plan to interview numerous witnesses, RCMP officers, customs and immigration officials, airport workers and even the company that makes the weapons.

- Garry J. Wise, Toronto

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