RCMP firing Tasers multiple times at subjects, probe reveals
By David McKie CBC News
June 11, 2008
RCMP officers are likely to fire their stun guns multiple times during an altercation, despite a policy that warns it may pose health risks, according to a joint investigation conducted by CBC News/Radio Canada and the Canadian Press.
The media outlets, which analyzed the Taser-use forms RCMP officers are required to fill out if they draw their stun gun, also found that multiple use of Tasers is increasing.
The data from 2002 to 2007 is heavily censored but reveals that Mounties used their Tasers more than 3,000 times nationwide during the period. In more than 1,300 of those cases, officers fired their stun gun more than once.
The analysis also revealed that in nearly 18 per cent of the incidents, officers had fired three or more times.