Canada: Excessive and lethal force? Amnesty International’s concerns about deaths and ill-treatment involving police use of tasers

Index Number: AMR 20/002/2004

In this report, Amnesty International reiterates its call on law enforcement agencies to suspend all use of electro-shock weapons, pending an urgent rigorous independent and impartial inquiry into their use and effects. Other recommendations given at the end of this report include recommendations for the immediate control and limitation on the use of the taser by forces who continue to deploy such weapons. Within the last few years, at least nine people in Canada have died after being shocked with a taser: a hand-held stun gun which fires two barbed darts at a distance, causing instant incapacitation to the target by delivering a 50,000 volt electro-shock.

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