A few weeks ago a man was tasered at the Vancouver airport, and passed away as a result.
But this story has gotten bigger and hasn’t gone away as i am sure the RCMP would like it to. So many different accounts and conflicts, mostly with the RCMP version.
The footage taken on a cell phone by a Paul Pritchard, is (maybe) going to be released by the RCMP in the next couple of days. He is going through with his court appearance to ensure that they follow through with their promise.
I have the greatest of respect for the police. In fact I am going through a phase with my daughter who has been taught (I will not name the person(s)) that police is someone to be scared of.
In India that is true. Police in India are pure bastards. But here in Canada they are there to help us. And that’s what I am trying to teach my kid. When in trouble, get help from police. But when you read something like this and the Maher Arar case. You really begin to doubt the police’s credibility.
I mean, I have been pulled over a couple of times and have been told it’s a random check authorised by the city for drunk driving but I wonder what would happen if I say “nope I refuse to be subjected to these random checks”?
Noooooo, I am not going to try a stunt like that. But I was just wondering. Here is a list (from the above post from A Creative Revolution (highly recommended site)) of a few fuck ups by the RCMP with the help of a taser :
– April 19, 2003: Terry Hanna, 51, Burnaby RCMP.
– July 22, 2003: Clayton Willey, 33, Prince George RCMP.
– May 1, 2004: Roman Andreichikov, 25, Vancouver police.
– June 23, 2004: Robert Bagnell, 44, Vancouver police.
– June 30, 2005: Gurmeet Sandhu, 41, Surrey RCMP.
– Oct. 14, 2007: Man in his 40s, Richmond RCMP.