Taser push back

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Looks like the Sammy Yatim authors will have to work harder to convince Torontonians that their cops need tasers.

A plan to arm Toronto’s front-line police officers with Tasers was met with stiff opposition at a public consultation Tuesday night at City Hall.
Roughly 80 residents and activists crowded into the council chamber for the meeting, which was called by the Services Board’s mental health subcommittee in response to a recent provincial decree that frontline officers, not just supervisors, should be permitted to carry stun guns.
Almost to a person, participants advised the board to reject the expanded use of the devices, which are also known as conducted energy weapons (CEWs), and focus instead on better training and de-escalation techniques.


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    The meteoric rise of video in social media has become a game changer that police should embrace rather than resist, says the outgoing head of the Ontario agency that investigates cops for potential criminal wrongdoing.

    Reflecting on his five years as director of the Special Investigations Unit, Ian Scott says video has had a huge impact, and police should be looking at expanding its use.

    “This is imagery that the police can have no control over. They bring the issue of police use of force in high focus for the public,” Scott says.

    “My view is they should be embracing the concept of video imagery.”

    Scott, 61, who leaves the SIU post this month, says he would like to see officers wear “lapelcams” to record interactions with the public.

    He is especially keen to see all police stun guns equipped with “Tasercams” that record video and audio when the weapon is readied for firing.

    “I can’t think of a better device to guarantee that Tasers are being used appropriately,” Scott says.

    In the aftermath of the Yatim killing — an officer faces a rare charge of second-degree murder — the province altered regulations to allow all front-line officers to carry stun guns.

    During his tenure, Scott has laid 57 charges. Twenty-one cases are currently before the courts. Of the 36 others, 14 resulted in convictions.

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