Does anyone else find the taser-happy Constable Millington’s testimony at the inquiry into the death of Robert Dziekanski a little odd?
Note to the Constable: you are a trained police officer. it is your job, and a vital job at that, to place yourself in harms’ way to protect the citizenry. In order to perform this sometimes dangerous task effectively, you have (I assume) been trained in nonlethal methods of hand-to-hand combat intended to subdue potentially violent suspects. This training is crucial to the proper fulfillment of your duty.
Were you absent the day they covered staplers and other office equipment in class? What about fresh fruit? Remember, drop the 15-ton weight first, effectively disarming the suspect, then eat the banana.
Don’t be stupid and bring one of these to a Taser fight.
Why would it seem even remotely acceptable to the RCMP that their officers are taking their direction in the execution of their duty from John Cleese? C’mon, man – it was a frickin’ STAPLER. You maybe get bopped on the head, or, worst case scenario, you have to go and get a few tetanus shots if he happens to get in a lucky strike. There is nothing in that particular scenario that justifies electrocuting the poor bastard five times, or to even justify ‘fearing for your fellow officers’. Unless the guy is an Office Supplies Ninja, the fear you apparently felt, and your reaction, were completely out of proportion to the actual threat.
I have the greatest respect for police officers in general – I knew a few growing up, and they were never anything other than helpful, friendly, and without a doubt some of the bravest individuals I’ve had the pleasure to meet. In this case, however, the farce that led to the death of a terrified man is, if possible, becoming more absurd by the day.
Tasers should be issued with a picture of Robert Dziekanski affixed to the side, to provide a reminder that even if absolute power may corrupt absolutely, electrical power can create liars and cowards, definitely.