DARTMOUTH, Nova Scotia (AP) _ The death of a prisoner who had
been shocked by a Taser is prompting Canadian authorities to
examine police use of stun guns.
A 45-year-old man who was jailed on assault charges in Nova
Scotia was shocked Wednesday. Police say he had jumped a counter
and ran for the door as he was being booked. He died yesterday,
about 30 hours after being shocked.
It's the second such incident in the last two months. A
Parliamentary committee launched a probe into an October incident
at Vancouver's airport in which a Polish man died after being
stunned twice. The man, who was making his first flight and did not
speak English, apparently became upset when he could not see his
mother after arriving. The incident was caught on airport security
cameras, prompting international headlines
More than a dozen people have died in Canada after being hit by
Tasers in the last four years.
The manufacturer of the Taser says the guns have never been
conclusively linked to any of those deaths.