Here we are, 6 months after the taser- related death of Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski, and still no answers. http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2008/05/12/taser-inquiry.html In fact, more questions have arisen regarding the safety of the newest weapon in police officers arsenals, with little resolution on any. Most disturbing- although not surprising- is the continued defense of the safety of the questionable … Continue reading Taser Talk – Too Many Questions, Not Enough Answers.
Much to the chagrin of some I know, whose opinons are that the RCMP is a steadfast, honourable institution, with no, or little corruption, protection for whistleblowers etc........ it appears that whistleblowers who did come forward to report wrongdoing, were in fact , punished for doing so. Cover-ups continued, mis-management at every level, and scandal- over … Continue reading RCMP “Horribly Broken”- Must Change.
Surprise, surprise. The Commission for Public Complaints against the RCMP released an interim report today, that criticizes the force for "failing to manage the use of tasers and allowing usage to grow in the past six years, to include cases where people were clearly non-combative." My interpretation? SOME officers are jumping the gun, and taking the easiest … Continue reading RCMP Watchdog Calling for Force to Restrict it’s Use of Tasers
Here is an interesting article from the Globe & Mail, telling the story of veteren police officer Darren Laur, the Victoria Sgt. who initiated the use of taser in the first detachment in Canada. A subsequent research paper he wrote - which concluded that tasers were safe and effective - laid the groundwork for the devices' … Continue reading ” BC Sergeant who championed tasers use in Canada had stock options in US Taser manufacturer”
Improvements will be made at YVR, in the wake of Robert Dziekanski's death. Released at the Fairmont Richmond today, the changes may ensure travellers and new immigrants will have an easier time negotiating their arrival at YVR. http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2007/12/07/bc-yvrtaserchanges.html Also released were some new details regarding Dziekanski's demeanor upon arrival. Some think the changes are long … Continue reading YVR improvements in Wake of the Death of Robert Dziekanski
Here's an interesting article I read this morning in the Health News section of http://www.cbc.ca , regarding the safety of tasers. Read it yourself, and you might find it as laughable as I did. Although the fellow in question claims to have no bias regarding tasers , he is getting paid as a consultant by the company. … Continue reading ” Tasers safer than Tylenol”
That is exactly what Corporal Dale Carr seemed to be doing last night , in an on air-interview with a reporter from Vancouver CTV 6 0'clock news. ( I am trying to locate a working link to the clip, however the CTV news archive player is not working- email me if you have a link) Carr … Continue reading Open Mouth, firmly insert foot, Corporal Dale Carr
The Globe and Mail reports that in the interest of a fair and unbiased investigation, the RCMP has a trip to Poland in the works. Apparently, they wish to find out more about Robert Dziekanksi's last days , his medical history and anything else that could give them some assistance in justifying their actions leading to … Continue reading RCMP Witch Hunt , or Fact-Finding Mission?
Rick Mercer had an interesting feature on the show this week, the ZENN car. That's right, a Zero-Emission, No Noise car ( hence the name ZENN) that is fully battery operated and can be plugged into any electric outlet to recharge. It runs at a cost of pennies per mile, and is fully made in … Continue reading A Canadian made automobile that cant be sold in Canada and no one seems to know about…and other amusing items
I'm embarressed. I'm embarressed by the RCMP's handling of this entire Robert Dziekanski fiasco, and although I wish one could offer reassurances to visitors from around the world that this isnt indicative of what to expect, I can't. My faith is in the RCMP is tenuous, at best. Not because the 4 officers failed to … Continue reading Taser use worldwide controversial at best