Feb 12, 2009 : Tasers potentially lethal, RCMP head tells MPs when introducing new TASER™ policy guidelines to a House of Commons public safety committee in Ottawa :
RCMP Commissioner William Elliott :
"The RCMP's revised CEW policy underscores that there are risks associated with the deployment of the device and emphasizes that those risks include the risk of death."However...
Feb 25, 2009 : Police defend use of tasers and proclaim their safety when they want to expand their usage in the face of an increasingly hostile public :
Chief Tom Kaye, VP of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police :
"To date, there is no evidence, either scientific of medical, that a conducted energy weapon has been the direct cause of death anywhere at any time on any person."
Charles Momy, the president of the Canadian Police Association :
"There has been no research to indicate clearly that tasers are involved in the deaths of any of the individuals that we've seen in the past years."
Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner Julian Fantino:
"150 studies worldwide have proven that “there is no direct link in any case in which a taser was deployed” to show that it was linked to the demise of an individual"
Bottom line : All officers need Tasers, police associations say
Hey, guys, does TASER™ still sponsor your annual Canadian Conference of Chiefs of Police? Just askin' .