OK, here’s a link to a news story about it – if you want the whole video, go to YouTube and look it up (my apologies, I had originally triedto embed a CBC news story about it, but it didn’t work, but I thought it had, so I lost the link. Here’s my alternate video clip):
Here’s my thoughts: should the RCMP tried to get an interpreter? Yes. Was he a threat? Maybe – he was obviously not with it – he was throwing things in an airport, and with today’s threats, you can’t take chances.
Now – the big question, did the TASER kill him (as many anit-TASER advocates claim)? NO! This is what really bugs me – people who are against police brutality are using this as evidence for their cause against TASERs, but what they don’t realize is that a TASER would kill the man instantly. If you are electrocuted, you don’t die minutes later, you die instantly of cardiac arrest (and it’s obvious that he didn’t, because he was TASERed twice).
My theory is that he was already way to stressed (he’s throwing stuff in an airport – something’s wrong) – and the arrest put him over the edge, leading to a heart attack. Are the police partially to blame? Yes. Is it murder, no. So although I don’t defend the RCMP’s actions, I don’t think they did anything worthy of being criminally charged, and I DEFINITELY think that TASERs should still be used.