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Thursday, April 03, 2008 

Commons Committee Probe Of Taser Use and Dziekanski Death BEHIND CLOSED DOORS!?

If there is ANY inquiry that deserves public scrutiny, it is the death of Robert Dziekanski at the hands of the RCMP and the use of tasers in general by Canadian police foces. However, Members of Parliament will hold closed-door meetings Thursday with RCMP, border and airport officials on the use of electronic stun guns in Canada.

The House of Commons Committee on Public Safety and National Security is holding two days of meetings at Vancouver International Airport, where Robert Dziekanski died after RCMP stunned him with a Taser and knelt on his neck last October.

The public safety committee is studying the growing use of Tasers in Canada, where more than 6,800 officers are armed with the stun guns, and investigating the events surrounding Dziekanski's death. A committee report of these secret meetings will be provided to the House of Commons at some future time.

Committee member and Liberal public safety critic Ujjal Dosanjh told CBC News he was surprised to learn the briefings would not be open to the public.

-CBC News

Isn't this typical of the Harper government? Do everything behind the scenes and only announce things only after the fact and allow all the unfavourable press releases be issued on a Friday after 5 pm.

Pardon me, but where is the leadership in this supposed government? Certainly not in Harper and cabinet.

In the US, the City of Minneapolis ordered enough TASERS to equip every officer with one in time for the GOP convention. :-(

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