Toronto Star reports on a report released yesterday that documents Taser use by the City's police force:
The chief’s annual report for 2009 CEW use — which he described as “the most comprehensive report of public accountability on the use of energy conducted weapons in any police service to our knowledge — shows Tasers were drawn 307 times in 273 incidents.
Taser use by Toronto police resulted in only two minor injuries, a scraped knee and a bump on the head, but no serious harm or death. There were 18 cases of unintentional discharge and the devices were used on animals in nine calls.
...This demonstrated force presence was effective in 45.4 per cent of the cases Toronto in which police used Tasers last year... About 40 per cent of those brought under control with Tasers were believed to be emotionally disturbed and/or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Garry J. Wise, Toronto