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However, in a number of cases, police used the Taser as soon as someone displayed a "fighting stance" or simply to get a non-violent suspect to do what they were told.
"Suspect fled from plainclothes members and resisted arrest when caught. Suspect was taken to the ground but refused to allow [officers] to handcuff him and held his arms underneath his body," reads one report from 2006. "Strikes and open hand techniques were attempted but the suspect was still resisting. A [Taser] drive stun was applied to the suspect's lower back and the suspect was then handcuffed."
Jason Gratl, president of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, said he was troubled to see Vancouver police are using the Taser as a compliance tool.
"The officers seem content to Taser individuals for lack of compliance with verbal commands or aggressive posturing," said Gratl. "It is dead certain from these reports that Tasers are not merely an alternative to the use of sidearms but are used in practice as a convenient tool to gain physical control over individuals."
There is debate over whether the Taser should be used to get non-violent suspects to comply with police orders.
Uh-oh...Me thinks this is going to cause some serious uproar...With the rise in Police brutality being shown all over the news as of late, this is going to further enrage the public.
Originally posted by The Nighthawk
"Non-lethal" weaponry is designed for the express purpose of inflicting pain to enforce authority. Sounds a whole lot like torture to me.
Originally posted by Sublime620
No doubt. I just had to do a debate where I was pro-tasers and I was cringing the entire time.
Tasers are great when used in correct situations. They should not be used on people who do not pose a threat to others or themselves.
Why would you risk injuring someone for the sake of injuring them? Pepper spray also.