Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Taser used as substitute for talking, inquiry hears

VANCOUVER - The politician who first approved Tasers for use in B.C. in 'combative situations' says the weapon is now being used as a substitute for good old fashioned police work.

Former B.C. premier Ujjal Dosanjh told a Vancouver inquiry into the use of Tasers Monday that when he first approved the weapon for use in B.C. they were supposed to be used sparingly by police in "assaultive and combative situations, where a person is a danger to others."

But in recent years Taser use has shot up, he said.

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