March 4, 2008
The videotape of RCMP officers’ gratuitous and fatal use of a Taser against a man in Vancouver last fall prompted a nationwide eruption of public horror over police forces’ use of this weapon. In the wake of that incident, many law-enforcement officials have voiced concern and reviewed their use. So, problem over, right? Wrong.
Don’t let officialdom’s regretful tone fool you. Now that the Vancouver affair has blown over, Tasers are creeping back in much of the country.