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Thursday, June 19, 2008 

RCMP Used Taser On 13 to 16 Year Olds At Least 117 Times!

Vigilant Canadians continue to resist our nation's shift towards acceptance of authoritarian practices by our police forces. Here is a major tip of the hat to RCMP Complaints Commissioner, Paul Kennedy. His report on the use of tasers by Canada's RCMP is a scathing condemnation of the casual and cavalier attitude that our national police force has concerning use of the device.

"The commission chair told reporters that he thinks the RCMP has "the weakest policy" on Taser use compared to other police forces in Canada, and indicated that the potential harm the weapons can cause is not always appreciated.

"We've all successfully diminished the significance of the use of the Taser and that's why we find it being used, I think, in circumstances that are highly inappropriate," Kennedy said before going on to describe how the commission had 117 reports of Tasers being used on 13- to 16-year-olds. In some cases, the devices were used on individual teenagers four or five times.

"That tells me that people are viewing and using the Taser in a fashion far different than they would a gun. A gun brings its own respect, a Taser doesn't seem to have done that. And that's why I'm calling for stricter guidelines," he said."

Regina Leader-Post

I didn't know that juveniles could be that fearsome. Either that, or the Mounties used Tasers willy-nilly like couch potatoes use their remotes.

Whatever happened to spadework and talking to alleged offenders or has an "us and them" thug mentality crept into the RCMP too?

It seems to. This kind of abuse goes beyond a 'compliance' device - this type of perverted application of tasers is punitive and sadistic!

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