Inquiry set to recommend Taser restrictions
The head of a public inquiry is poised to recommend sweeping restrictions on the use of Taser guns.
Former justice Thomas Braidwood has spent months studying the controversial police weapon.
On Thursday afternoon, he is expected to announce his long-awaited recommendations.
CTV News has learned that those recommendations will include severe restrictions on the use of Tasers by police.
What this means will become clearer on Thursday, but this will undoubtedly change the way police use the weapon and could result in fewer Tasers on the street.
All of this comes almost two years after the death of Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski, who died of cardiac arrest after being shocked five times by the RCMP at Vancouver International Airport.
The RCMP have said they would respect Braidwood's recommendations and adopt them nation-wide.
B.C.'s new Solicitor General, Kash Heed, will hold a news conference after Braidwood's announcement on Thursday afternoon.
These developments indicate that the stage is set for sweeping changes in the use of Tasers in B.C. and most likely across the country.
Walter Kosteckyj, the lawyer acting for Dziekanski's mother, told CTV News that he favours a moratorium on the use of Tasers until "the cops can get their act together.''