RCMP relied too much on Taser manufacturer info: report
Echoing what the public has been saying for quite some time, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police has announced in a released document that, as the RCMP assessed the risks of using stun guns, it relied too heavily on research by Taser, the company that sold said stun-guns.
The review of the Mounties' policies on the use of electrical stun guns, known by the brand name Taser, was prepared on the orders of RCMP Commissioner William Elliott.
The review was finished in June, but only made public on Friday.
"There was an overreliance on research carried out by [stun gun] manufacturers and/or the views of police services relying primarily on the research conducted or sponsored by the manufacturers," the review states in its conclusion.
But Tasers, which are used by 73 police forces across the country, have been linked, although not directly, to at least 20 deaths in Canada. The most controversial case came last year when 40-year-old Robert Dziekanski of Poland died at Vancouver International Airport shortly after the RCMP shocked him.
That incident, which was caught on video, renewed calls for a moratorium on Taser use.
The review also concludes that while the RCMP relied on research done by professional police officers with some technical understanding of Tasers and practical expertise, the force should have sought the assistance of trained research and policy analysts.