Taser use by police in B.C. is down 87 per cent since Robert Dziekanski died at Vancouver's airport five years ago, prompting questions Tuesday from politicians wondering what police are doing now to control out-of-control people.
B.C. police officers used their Tasers 640 times in 2007, compared to
85 deployments last year, assistant deputy justice minister Clayton
Pecknold told an all-party committee assessing the status of
recommendations to tighten provincial Taser policy since Dziekanski's
October 2007 death.
The figures had Liberal MLA John Slater wondering what police have
been doing instead to subdue people who are potentially dangerous.
"How many of them have been shot by police?" said Slater. "What has happened in the last five years?"
Gabi Hoffmann, program manager for the police services division in
the justice ministry, said police shootings have not increased since
Dziekanski's death and the 2009 public inquiry and recommendations of
former judge Thomas Braidwood, but she did not provide data.