Friday, July 31, 2009

Gripes against RCMP jump 35%

Eliminate 'trust deficit': watchdog

Calgary Herald - By Norma Greenaway, Canwest News Service
June 12, 2009

Public complaints against the RCMP climbed by almost 35 per cent in the year ending March 31, the force's watchdog said in an annual report that also cited continuing concerns about the Mounties' use of Tasers.

The Commission for Public Complaints against the RCMP said the most common public gripe against RCMP members during the last fiscal year--one in five -- involved allegations of rude, dismissive, biased or non-responsive behaviour by an officer.

Bad attitude was closely followed by complaints about the quality of RCMP criminal investigations, ranging from allegations of improper witness interviews and improper handling of evidence to concealment of facts or misleading reports. These accounted for 17.3 per cent of the complaints.

The report by the independent review body, which was released Thursday, said the number of public complaints increased to 1,692 in 2008-09, up from 1,258 the previous year and 956 in 2006-07.

The commission, which is headed by Paul Kennedy, took credit for issuing a report a year ago that has pushed the RCMP to rethink Taser use, training and reporting. The commission said, however, it still has concerns.

Among other things, it said it is conducting an investigation into all in-custody deaths up to February 2009 involving the use of a Taser by a member of RCMP.

It also said it plans to release its final report by Sept. 7 into the death of Robert Dziekanski, the Polish man who died after being Tasered by RCMP officers at Vancouver's international airport.

Based on the commission's analysis of the 2008 statistics, the report said, the Taser is increasingly being used as a deterrent.

It said the weapon was taken out of the holster but not fired in almost 50 per cent of the cases it was used.

Still, the commission said, it's concerned that calls involving "mental health" or "suicide" resulted in more Taser deployments than any other incident type, especially when there was no evidence in the usage reports that mental health calls were any more risky than other incident types.

Kennedy warns there is a growing perception of a trust deficit with the RCMP that must be addressed.

"The trust deficit can be eliminated by increasing transparency and accountability of RCMP activities by means of an enhanced regime for civilian review of RCMP activities," he wrote.

"Failure to address this issue increases the risk that distrust will become the dominant characteristic of the public-police discourse."

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

New Tasers get upgrade: three shocks at a time

'If I was a cop, I'd want to carry one,' says CEO

Jul 28, 2009 04:30 AM
Amanda Lee Myers Associated Press

FOUNTAIN HILLS, Ariz.–Taser International has unveiled its first new stun gun since 2003 – a device that can shock three people without reloading.

Older Taser stun guns, in use by 14,200 law enforcement agencies throughout the United States and dozens more in Canada, must be reloaded after one shot. This can be a problem for an officer who has missed a target or has more than one suspect to subdue.

Taser unveiled its new X3 "electronic control device" yesterday before hundreds of law enforcement officers and distributors at its annual conference near Phoenix.
Taser CEO Rick Smith and his brother, chairman Tom Smith, stood on stage, each holding two new Tasers, and fired six rounds each at metal targets to whoops and applause.

"If I was a cop, I'd want to carry one," Rick Smith said.

It costs $1,799 (U.S.), compared with $799 for the older model. Taser said law enforcement agencies can trade in their older ones for credits worth $300 to $800.

The weapons have incited controversy. In British Columbia, a government inquiry found Tasers have been linked to 25 deaths – including that of Robert Dziekanski, the Polish immigrant who died at Vancouver airport in 2007 after RCMP officers stunned him five times.

Last week, the inquiry recommended severe restrictions be put on the weapons.

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With my last post before this one, we went one step forward to now going 2 steps back. This is so SICK!!!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Tasers need stricter control, B.C. inquiry finds

Much stricter controls are needed over the use of Taser stun guns by police in B.C., former judge Thomas Braidwood says in the first phase of findings from his inquiry into stun guns...

Tasers need stricter control, B.C. inquiry finds

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Falls short of a moratorium on the use of this dangerous, lethal weapon that has been improperly used and misused by our law enforcement people (see Land of the Taser, Home of the Slave). The ready reliance on the Taser stun gun (that in too many cases does more than that) with no controls or safeguards has led to countless inhumane deaths. At least now those numbers will dwindle... but will still continue!

So what has this judge done but merely 'slowed down' the death count. But death counts there still will be! I and and so many others were hoping for so much more.

An outright ban of this barbaric weapon is what is needed here. We are not cattle!!!

I read today that the Federal Conservative Justice Minister is in B.C. promoting his Law and Order Bill, which is geared to strike at the little guy while leaving the big guys alone. Yes, the Conservative Government is again pushing a Bill to suppress ordinary people's rights and freedoms, while giving police even more powers to oppress and subdue the masses to their will and liking (using Tasers), while at the same time turning a blind eye to the carnage being perpetrated by white collar criminals. In addition, they let loose the Whores of Babylon (Corporations) to run amok freely raping and pillaging with impunity.

This is not my idea of living free in a 'Just Society', that they constantly bombard us with using their various media propaganda machines. Who are they kidding? They are knowingly and willingly turning our country into a Fascist State with Passports and/or Visas coming soon as a requirement to cross provincial boundaries. Think I'm kidding? Try crossing into the States without one of those these days.

But what do Conservatives (Alliance/Reform) know about justice? They only know Law and Order. Or, as I have put it before... 'The Law for the Poor and Justice for the Rich'.

A two-tiered Justice System is what we have here in Canada. Oppressive laws breed contempt and hatred in people towards their oppressors, their slave masters, which ultimately leads to the 'revolt of the masses'... and violence. More violence... when will we ever learn?


Violence is random it comes from nowhere and leads to nothing. Who can fight nothing from nowhere.