Soundoff: Should police use tasers?
Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Police say tasers save lives because they save officers from resorting to
deadly force. Others say tasers are dangerous and should be banned.
What do you think?
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Wed, Nov 14, 07 at 09:13 PM
How sad....I'd rather be shot in the leg or arm with a bullet than go through
being shot with electicity. The public needs to make a stand and get the
tasers banned. For the RCMP to say no more tasers, would be admitting that
they kill and that they are liable.
Wed, Nov 14, 07 at 09:25 PM
Another fine RCMP blunder, from what I could see there was no attempt at
verbal (obviously could not), and non-verbal communication to try calm an
agitated and distressed man who posed no threat. its nice to see these are
supposed to security proffessionals at there height of ignorance, poor guy is
there to pick up his mom and ends up dead. couldnt possiblty imagine what
these cowboys act like in a real emergency.
Wed, Nov 14, 07 at 09:29 PM
three or four burly police officers could not control the situation,shame on
all our police and all of us canadians for not speaking up on this matter
before and as for the airport administration for not helping the poor man, at
this i am very sad and appalled david camp delta bc
Wed, Nov 14, 07 at 09:46 PM
The issue of using tasers in a dangerous situation is a topic unto itself. In
this instance it is clear that the actions of the RCMP were highly
inappropriate and aggressive. Furthermore, Vancouver International Airport
security and immigration need to get it "right" in dealing with immigrants and
foreign visitors to Canada. Shame on Canada and the RCMP , and Vancouver, BC.
Wed, Nov 14, 07 at 09:48 PM
It is quit obvious that until the complete story is released there will be
speculation and second-guessing about the actions taken by the police
officers. Upon reading the different stories in the news it is appalling that
reporters are stating conclusions without having the complete story. Ian
Mulgrew severally criticizes the police's actions, even comparing their
actions to those in the Rodney King beating. Mulgrew states many conclusions
yet he does not know the complete details of the incident. He states that the
sound on the video is poor and then contradicts himself by saying that it
sounds like the deceased was pleading. Lets wait for the investigation and the
coroner's inquiry to be completed before we start to point fingers. It's
obvious that Mulgrew has never been placed in such a situation, as the police
were that day and which police face on a daily basis. Tasers have
significantly help police to subdue aggressive suspects, thus increasing the
safety of the officers. Tasers have been proven safe. When a death occurs
during the use of a taser a contributing factor is usually present, so once
again lets wait for the investigation to be complete before making judgment.
Wed, Nov 14, 07 at 09:48 PM
After seeing the polish man collapsed and struggled, my tears fell, so I
strongly agree that the tasers should be banned becacause it will be 2010
soon, the winter olympic, and the athletes will come here for compete, but the
way i see it , nobody gets to comptete unless they speak English at the
airport, or they get tesered just because they don't speak English?? I don't
about rest of you, but when I came to canada, it was very friendly, but now
the person who doesn't speak English at the airport, or anywhere, that person
gets tesered?? Ok then, I'd better learn French,or I'd get tesered... I wish
that the polish man could forgive RCMP police officals who attacked, and may
him rest in peace... He will be in my prayer always...
Wed, Nov 14, 07 at 09:53 PM
That was murder - plain and simple. Politicians keep saying no one is above
the law ...... well?
Wed, Nov 14, 07 at 09:57 PM
I'm really sick of reading of one RCMP blunder after another. The four cops
should be charged with manslaughter.
Wed, Nov 14, 07 at 10:08 PM
The taser was the weapon of choice in this case, but I have to seriously
question the root cause of the event: officer training and selection. Namely
why didn't the officers stop to speak with airport security prior to
approaching Robert to get a full understanding of the situation? why not spend
more than 20 seconds to establish communication? why did they behave like the
aggressors? On the video they look like arrogant, ignorant cowboys. nice work
RCMP. and.. wait for the investigation before making a judgment? what a joke,
the RCMP investigates themselves so I know what their investigation will find.
The video shows everything.
Wed, Nov 14, 07 at 10:13 PM
If you weren't afraid of the police before this - you should be afraid of them
Wed, Nov 14, 07 at 10:13 PM
I always though a tazer was for use instead of a gun, hence less than lethal
force. Its seems as of late the police are using it in situations where it is
CLEARLY not warranted. Of all the tazer videos on the net i have seen as of
late not once did I say to myself "that was a situation where a gun was
warranted" I cant see cops before the tazers pulling out handguns to solve
riots that's what pepper spray and some maybe some brute force was to be used.
I think because of the quick and easy results the tazers bring law enforcement
may be to trigger happy with it to solve the problem when perhaps more common
sense would have come in handy and this poor man would still be alive today.
Wed, Nov 14, 07 at 10:14 PM
www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bVa6jn4rpE Police everywhere don't seem to
know when it is appropriate to use a taser. This shows a student who is pinned
down by several officers and then tasered, luckily for everyone involved he
Wed, Nov 14, 07 at 10:21 PM
It is very disapointing the very one-sided media coverage on this event, and
as usual, the mostly un-informed, misguided, and anti-police backlash that
follows any unfortunate outcome in a use of force encounter. What the public
does not realize or wholly appreciates is that an officer has to make life or
death choices on a split second decision every day, and then live with the
second guessing that follows, in situations that the general public never want
to be in in the first place. In this brief video, clearly this is a highly
agitated, unstable, unpredictable, combative individual. Whether people like
it or not, the reality of life is that sometimes force is required for the
safety of the individual, officers and the public to bring a resolution to a
situation, and I can guarantee you that none of those officers there wished to
be hit by a table or chair that the male had in his hands. Before you so
clearly state your opionion, which you are entitled to, why don't you stop and
think of the totality of the situation first.
Wed, Nov 14, 07 at 10:22 PM
Witnessed Four RCMP cops Killing innocent Person at International airport who
does not Know English .How can these Guys (RCMP) can Handel 2010 Olympic
Traffic!!!! SHAME ON RCMP PLEASE Train your cops How to handle Situation like
this. Looks like if these cops are playing like 15 yr kids playing Video game.
Wed, Nov 14, 07 at 10:24 PM
How did it get to the point that this poor disoriented or unstable man was in
an airport for hours without intervention? In the video he is clearly unstable
and disoriented but not threatening and has no weapon. He might be guilty of
some minor property damage at worst. Why do four physically fit RCMP officers
have to taser one man repeatedly when he could be cuffed and taken away? We
need some really serious answers here from the airport and the police.
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