Announcement coming shortly on charges recommended against off-duty mountie in death of Orion Hutchinson

 A decision whether to approve  or decline the charges recommended against  RCMP Corporal Benjamin "Monty" Robinson,( in the death of  21-year-old Orion Hutchinson,) is expected shortly.   " Certainly, we are not talking about a matter of months, nor are we even talking about a matter of weeks at this point," said Robin Baird, A/Communications Counsel for the … Continue reading Announcement coming shortly on charges recommended against off-duty mountie in death of Orion Hutchinson

How far have we come since November 2007?

November 16th, 2007. https://lailayuile.wordpress.com/2007/11/16/taser-use-worldwide-controversial-at-best/ That is the day I blogged about my feelings regarding the  RCMP's response to Robert Dziekanski's tasering death at Vancouver airport.  Here we are, a year and a half  after this post and we are only now getting some understanding into what happened that day. How interesting to note the events since … Continue reading How far have we come since November 2007?

Mountie involved in Dziekanski taser incident to make first appearance January 15th in Surrey provincial court.

A local RCMP officer will make his first appearance in Surrey Provincial Court on January 15th, where it is expected formal charges will be laid in relation to his involvement in a collision dating back to October 2008 where a young man dies at the scene - and the officer  in question was allegedly impaired. Corporal … Continue reading Mountie involved in Dziekanski taser incident to make first appearance January 15th in Surrey provincial court.

Time for the RCMP to do the right thing: Pull tasers out of service pending further independent testing.

Forgive me, but I'm opening the door to 'taser talk' again. ( The last time I did this it initiated an ongoing debate in the comments section that lasted for several months.) Last night I watched an excellent documentary on The National, regarding tasers. More specifically, the older x26 model manufactured prior to 2005, of which … Continue reading Time for the RCMP to do the right thing: Pull tasers out of service pending further independent testing.

Taser Talk – Too Many Questions, Not Enough Answers.

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.

RCMP “Horribly Broken”- Must Change.

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.

RCMP Watchdog Calling for Force to Restrict it’s Use of Tasers

 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

Taser use worldwide controversial at best

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