Thursday, September 18, 2008

SIU probes Peel in Taser death

Four officers under investigation as man dies in hospital after being hit by stun gun

Sep 18, 2008 04:30 AM

Bob Mitchell Staff Reporter

In less than a week, Peel police have twice used Tasers to subdue people – once with fatal results, and the other time on one of their fellow officers.

Yesterday, 42-year-old Sean Reilly of Brampton died several hours after being Tasered during a struggle in a cell at a Peel police station. He had earlier been charged with assault with a weapon.

On Friday, Peel officers Tasered Const. Jason Ross, 35, who was being investigated for impaired driving. He is facing three counts of assaulting police, one count of assault causing bodily harm, excess blood alcohol, impaired operation of a motor vehicle and mischief.

In case you missed it, Crimbrary posted a recent story about the RCMP's investigation into the use of Tasers. Check it out: http://crimbrary.blogspot.com/2008/09/rcmp-didnt-study-taser-use-enough.html There seems to be little doubt that the use of Tasers by police departments is out of control. Tom

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