Chief Fantino wants five hundred taser guns, and he wants ’em now. The Police Services board will discuss expanded popo taser use when they convene on Thursday, addressing important issues like when to tase, and when to just call it a day, and grab a coffee at the nearest CT.
According to CP, the TPD pulled their tasers (which are made by Taser International. get yours today.) approximately 300 times last year, and used them in 12-15% of those cases. The Globe reports that, despite widespread use by police forces in the rest of the world, the taser remains controversial. Who would’ve thought? Why would a gun that temporarily incapacitates via electrocution be controversial? Silly Amnesty International.
But to bring it all back to the fiscal misfires brought to light yesterday, at least we’re being made aware of the goods (500 spanking new Taser X26s) and the cost (something in the neighborhood of 1 million). After digesting all the wire stories on Tasers that were on offer, one question persists – are they good or bad? Indeed, it’s better to be temporarily frozen than permanently dead. But it’s all giving Torontoist a terrible case of tase malaise.