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TASERS: TASERS SHOULD BE BANNED
NAME: Alison Beil
ADDRESS:
COMMUNITY: Other Community Not Listed
OTHERCOMMUNITY: Stony Plain, AB
PHONENUMBER: (780) 963-5308
EMAIL: able1956@mac.com
Date: September 29, 2011

COMMENTS

I learned this from a transcript of a 911 cell-phone call to BC Emergency services given to me by a victim of Police Torture, who was viciously attacked by four Saanich constables with Taser in his bed five times on January 12, 2005 at about 10:00 in the morning: Someone (identity protected in the transcript) called 911 from a cell phone and asked for an ambulance. The caller was apparently excited and confused and/or arguing with someone yelling near him as he called. After determining the callers name and birthdate, and what address was near where he was calling from, the dispatcher assumed the caller was a "22 year old male" who’d admitted eating some type of mushrooms on the previous Saturday, wondered if they were toxic or could cause an allergic reaction. The dispatcher said "we'll come over quietly" and then apparently ended that call, immediately then calling the Saanich Police for assistance. To the Police, the dispatcher simply said “can you help us? We’re going for a 22-year old male who took mushrooms on Sat and is acting out. He’s at (the address) and I can hear him carrying on.) Actually, inside the address the dispatcher gave, was only a University of Victoria varsity athlete who leased that property, who was not 22 years old. He had just emerged from his bathroom undressed and did not hear anything before he lay down on his bed as his TV was on. He had coincidently been to the University clinic the previous day where he was checked out by a doctor and found to be in excellent health. This next was learned from a report of an investigation done for the ex-BC Police Commissioner, Dirk Ryneveld, about a year after this Taser incident. That’s how long it was before this Tasered victim of an apparent escaped illicit substance dealer, could recover well enough to write a brief Police complaint, after being shocked five times, abandoned with slanderous reports at a hospital, and misdiagnosed and mistreated. The victim's complaint to the OPCC was of being tortured and slandered by unidentified police with an undeclared Taser. The victim's parents also complained to the Police Commissioner, as they contend their son would have died from the shocks and mistreatment if he'd not been so healthy previously, or had taken any alcohol or even prescribed medication at the time of this incident. Constables Paul Luhowy and Shane Coughlan arrived within a minute of the time the ambulance also parked without sounding a siren. They noted that two young men had been identified by paramedics, walking about a half-block away. They told the two men outside to wait, while the paramedics waited in their ambulance, as they were going inside, as they said “just to talk to him”. While inside his bedroom, the victim of course had no idea police had entered and were searching other rooms in his home. When the constables came into his bedroom, they also did not knock, nor identify themselves, apparently assuming the victim was warranted under the BC mental health act, and that the paramedics had the warrant. They saw him naked laying on his bed, they merely demanded to know if he'd been "doing any drugs", and insisted he had to go to a hospital. The victim was thus so surprised he didn't answer, and as he became annoyed at this invasion of his privacy, attempting to cover himself with a blanket, he wondered if they were mislead paramedics or police mislead by paramedics. Then Constables Doug Cripps and Paul Douglas also arrived, apparently in response to code-words radioed to them by Cst. Luhowy or Coughlan. Thus four constables gawked at the victim on his bed, demanding he had to go to a hospital, and becoming impatient, yanked him off his bed by his ankles, while Cst. Cripps force-thrust two Taser shocks onto his leg, and while the others held him chest-down on the floor, Cripps thrust three more shocks into his lower back, near his spinal column. In a state of near death from complete body paralysis, the victim who had yelled in pain with each shock, had apparently been heard by other witnesses, including neighbours next door, who later reported that they had never heard a disturbance from that house until after noticing Police had driven up quietly with an ambulance and gone inside. Witnesses, heard the taser zapping and said the Police acted like sadists. Before the ambulance left, the police were told “you made a huge mistake” and one of the constables yelled back “you ruined my life”. One of those witnesses called the victim’s parents, as he was being taken by the paramedics to the hospital. One paramedic wrote on a brief “crew report” the victim’s name, but no other information, other than “bizarre and disoriented behavior” and “Tasered on back” as the reasons for bringing the victim to the hospital. The victim’s mother called the Vancouver Island Health Authority main number, to try to determine what hospital her son was taken to. She was immediately patched through to emergency where Dr. Youngash had already given her son an injected sedative, contra-indicated for persons in a state of shock, because he believed the police who told him the Taser had not worked and her son had taken some drugs. Other witnesses who followed the ambulance were not believed by the doctor, though he admitted that the Police had not provided any other information pertaining to her son. Dr. Youngash insisted his parents had to come to the hospital, practically threatening that their son might die if they didn’t. The shocked and sedated victim was in a coma or catatonic condition for about two days, awaking to his parents, he was found to have severely blistered Taser burns that developed infection because they were not cleaned or bandaged whlle he was in a coma, lying on a mat in a lock-down part of the emergency department. There he was also given no food or water, nor IV fluids while he was suffering shock-paralysis. Going to his home, his parents found the door left open, his Passport, wallet, credit cards, cash, computer, cell-phone and prescription glasses on his desk. That persuaded them that the Saanich Police had never possessed any intention to care whether their son died from this incident - that if they had not been called by witnesses, he would have been abandoned for dead. The slander written into his medical records, and by the Staff Sargeant, in interviewing the constables about a year after this incident, attempted to suggest that this victim had been running outside naked, and reported by someone for threatening people with a knife. No one among the witnesses who admitted calling 911, has alleged under oath that such allegations are true, but the effect was that the victim was mistreated in hospital, and believed to be psychotic, until his parents advocated on a basis of “habeus corpus”. Yes, Tasers should have been banned and destroyed a long time ago. Torture is detrimental to society - not only to victims.


TASERS: TASERS SHOULD BE BANNED
NAME: Alison Beil
ADDRESS: 67 Highridge Way
COMMUNITY: Other Community Not Listed
OTHERCOMMUNITY: Stony Plain, AB
PHONENUMBER: (780) 963-5308
EMAIL: able1956@mac.com
Date: September 29, 2011

COMMENTS

I learned this from a transcript of a 911 cell-phone call to BC Emergency services given to me by a victim of Police Torture, who was viciously attacked by four Saanich constables with Taser in his bed five times on January 12, 2005 at about 10:00 in the morning: Someone (identity protected in the transcript) called 911 from a cell phone and asked for an ambulance. The caller was apparently excited and confused and/or arguing with someone yelling near him as he called. After determining the callers name and birthdate, and what address was near where he was calling from, the dispatcher assumed the caller was a "22 year old male" who’d admitted eating some type of mushrooms on the previous Saturday, wondered if they were toxic or could cause an allergic reaction. The dispatcher said "we'll come over quietly" and then apparently ended that call, immediately then calling the Saanich Police for assistance. To the Police, the dispatcher simply said “can you help us? We’re going for a 22-year old male who took mushrooms on Sat and is acting out. He’s at (the address) and I can hear him carrying on.) Actually, inside the address the dispatcher gave, was only a University of Victoria varsity athlete who leased that property, who was not 22 years old. He had just emerged from his bathroom undressed and did not hear anything before he lay down on his bed as his TV was on. He had coincidently been to the University clinic the previous day where he was checked out by a doctor and found to be in excellent health. This next was learned from a report of an investigation done for the ex-BC Police Commissioner, Dirk Ryneveld, about a year after this Taser incident. That’s how long it was before this Tasered victim of an apparent escaped illicit substance dealer, could recover well enough to write a brief Police complaint, after being shocked five times, abandoned with slanderous reports at a hospital, and misdiagnosed and mistreated. The victim's complaint to the OPCC was of being tortured and slandered by unidentified police with an undeclared Taser. The victim's parents also complained to the Police Commissioner, as they contend their son would have died from the shocks and mistreatment if he'd not been so healthy previously, or had taken any alcohol or even prescribed medication at the time of this incident. Constables Paul Luhowy and Shane Coughlan arrived within a minute of the time the ambulance also parked without sounding a siren. They noted that two young men had been identified by paramedics, walking about a half-block away. They told the two men outside to wait, while the paramedics waited in their ambulance, as they were going inside, as they said “just to talk to him”. While inside his bedroom, the victim of course had no idea police had entered and were searching other rooms in his home. When the constables came into his bedroom, they also did not knock, nor identify themselves, apparently assuming the victim was warranted under the BC mental health act, and that the paramedics had the warrant. They saw him naked laying on his bed, they merely demanded to know if he'd been "doing any drugs", and insisted he had to go to a hospital. The victim was thus so surprised he didn't answer, and as he became annoyed at this invasion of his privacy, attempting to cover himself with a blanket, he wondered if they were mislead paramedics or police mislead by paramedics. Then Constables Doug Cripps and Paul Douglas also arrived, apparently in response to code-words radioed to them by Cst. Luhowy or Coughlan. Thus four constables gawked at the victim on his bed, demanding he had to go to a hospital, and becoming impatient, yanked him off his bed by his ankles, while Cst. Cripps force-thrust two Taser shocks onto his leg, and while the others held him chest-down on the floor, Cripps thrust three more shocks into his lower back, near his spinal column. In a state of near death from complete body paralysis, the victim who had yelled in pain with each shock, had apparently been heard by other witnesses, including neighbours next door, who later reported that they had never heard a disturbance from that house until after noticing Police had driven up quietly with an ambulance and gone inside. Witnesses, heard the taser zapping and said the Police acted like sadists. Before the ambulance left, the police were told “you made a huge mistake” and one of the constables yelled back “you ruined my life”. One of those witnesses called the victim’s parents, as he was being taken by the paramedics to the hospital. One paramedic wrote on a brief “crew report” the victim’s name, but no other information, other than “bizarre and disoriented behavior” and “Tasered on back” as the reasons for bringing the victim to the hospital. The victim’s mother called the Vancouver Island Health Authority main number, to try to determine what hospital her son was taken to. She was immediately patched through to emergency where Dr. Youngash had already given her son an injected sedative, contra-indicated for persons in a state of shock, because he believed the police who told him the Taser had not worked and her son had taken some drugs. Other witnesses who followed the ambulance were not believed by the doctor, though he admitted that the Police had not provided any other information pertaining to her son. Dr. Youngash insisted his parents had to come to the hospital, practically threatening that their son might die if they didn’t. The shocked and sedated victim was in a coma or catatonic condition for about two days, awaking to his parents, he was found to have severely blistered Taser burns that developed infection because they were not cleaned or bandaged whlle he was in a coma, lying on a mat in a lock-down part of the emergency department. There he was also given no food or water, nor IV fluids while he was suffering shock-paralysis. Going to his home, his parents found the door left open, his Passport, wallet, credit cards, cash, computer, cell-phone and prescription glasses on his desk. That persuaded them that the Saanich Police had never possessed any intention to care whether their son died from this incident - that if they had not been called by witnesses, he would have been abandoned for dead. The slander written into his medical records, and by the Staff Sargeant, in interviewing the constables about a year after this incident, attempted to suggest that this victim had been running outside naked, and reported by someone for threatening people with a knife. No one among the witnesses who admitted calling 911, has alleged under oath that such allegations are true, but the effect was that the victim was mistreated in hospital, and believed to be psychotic, until his parents advocated on a basis of “habeus corpus”. Yes, Tasers should have been banned and destroyed a long time ago. Torture is detrimental to society - not only to victims.


TASERS: TASERS SHOULD BE BANNED
NAME: Alison Beil
ADDRESS:
COMMUNITY: Alberta
OTHERCOMMUNITY: Stony Plain
PHONENUMBER: (780) 963-5308
EMAIL: able1956@mac.com
Date: September 29, 2011

COMMENTS

I learned this from a transcript of a 911 cell-phone call to BC Emergency services given to me by a victim of Police Torture, who was viciously attacked by four Saanich constables with Taser in his bed five times on January 12, 2005 at about 10:00 in the morning: Someone (identity protected in the transcript) called 911 from a cell phone and asked for an ambulance. The caller was apparently excited and confused and/or arguing with someone yelling near him as he called. After determining the callers name and birthdate, and what address was near where he was calling from, the dispatcher assumed the caller was a "22 year old male" who’d admitted eating some type of mushrooms on the previous Saturday, wondered if they were toxic or could cause an allergic reaction. The dispatcher said "we'll come over quietly" and then apparently ended that call, immediately then calling the Saanich Police for assistance. To the Police, the dispatcher simply said “can you help us? We’re going for a 22-year old male who took mushrooms on Sat and is acting out. He’s at (the address) and I can hear him carrying on.) Actually, inside the address the dispatcher gave, was only a University of Victoria varsity athlete who leased that property, who was not 22 years old. He had just emerged from his bathroom undressed and did not hear anything before he lay down on his bed as his TV was on. He had coincidently been to the University clinic the previous day where he was checked out by a doctor and found to be in excellent health. This next was learned from a report of an investigation done for the ex-BC Police Commissioner, Dirk Ryneveld, about a year after this Taser incident. That’s how long it was before this Tasered victim of an apparent escaped illicit substance dealer, could recover well enough to write a brief Police complaint, after being shocked five times, abandoned with slanderous reports at a hospital, and misdiagnosed and mistreated. The victim's complaint to the OPCC was of being tortured and slandered by unidentified police with an undeclared Taser. The victim's parents also complained to the Police Commissioner, as they contend their son would have died from the shocks and mistreatment if he'd not been so healthy previously, or had taken any alcohol or even prescribed medication at the time of this incident. Constables Paul Luhowy and Shane Coughlan arrived within a minute of the time the ambulance also parked without sounding a siren. They noted that two young men had been identified by paramedics, walking about a half-block away. They told the two men outside to wait, while the paramedics waited in their ambulance, as they were going inside, as they said “just to talk to him”. While inside his bedroom, the victim of course had no idea police had entered and were searching other rooms in his home. When the constables came into his bedroom, they also did not knock, nor identify themselves, apparently assuming the victim was warranted under the BC mental health act, and that the paramedics had the warrant. They saw him naked laying on his bed, they merely demanded to know if he'd been "doing any drugs", and insisted he had to go to a hospital. The victim was thus so surprised he didn't answer, and as he became annoyed at this invasion of his privacy, attempting to cover himself with a blanket, he wondered if they were mislead paramedics or police mislead by paramedics. Then Constables Doug Cripps and Paul Douglas also arrived, apparently in response to code-words radioed to them by Cst. Luhowy or Coughlan. Thus four constables gawked at the victim on his bed, demanding he had to go to a hospital, and becoming impatient, yanked him off his bed by his ankles, while Cst. Cripps force-thrust two Taser shocks onto his leg, and while the others held him chest-down on the floor, Cripps thrust three more shocks into his lower back, near his spinal column. In a state of near death from complete body paralysis, the victim who had yelled in pain with each shock, had apparently been heard by other witnesses, including neighbours next door, who later reported that they had never heard a disturbance from that house until after noticing Police had driven up quietly with an ambulance and gone inside. Witnesses, heard the taser zapping and said the Police acted like sadists. Before the ambulance left, the police were told “you made a huge mistake” and one of the constables yelled back “you ruined my life”. One of those witnesses called the victim’s parents, as he was being taken by the paramedics to the hospital. One paramedic wrote on a brief “crew report” the victim’s name, but no other information, other than “bizarre and disoriented behavior” and “Tasered on back” as the reasons for bringing the victim to the hospital. The victim’s mother called the Vancouver Island Health Authority main number, to try to determine what hospital her son was taken to. She was immediately patched through to emergency where Dr. Youngash had already given her son an injected sedative, contra-indicated for persons in a state of shock, because he believed the police who told him the Taser had not worked and her son had taken some drugs. Other witnesses who followed the ambulance were not believed by the doctor, though he admitted that the Police had not provided any other information pertaining to her son. Dr. Youngash insisted his parents had to come to the hospital, practically threatening that their son might die if they didn’t. The shocked and sedated victim was in a coma or catatonic condition for about two days, awaking to his parents, he was found to have severely blistered Taser burns that developed infection because they were not cleaned or bandaged whlle he was in a coma, lying on a mat in a lock-down part of the emergency department. There he was also given no food or water, nor IV fluids while he was suffering shock-paralysis. Going to his home, his parents found the door left open, his Passport, wallet, credit cards, cash, computer, cell-phone and prescription glasses on his desk. That persuaded them that the Saanich Police had never possessed any intention to care whether their son died from this incident - that if they had not been called by witnesses, he would have been abandoned for dead. The slander written into his medical records, and by the Staff Sargeant, in interviewing the constables about a year after this incident, attempted to suggest that this victim had been running outside naked, and reported by someone for threatening people with a knife. No one among the witnesses who admitted calling 911, has alleged under oath that such allegations are true, but the effect was that the victim was mistreated in hospital, and believed to be psychotic, until his parents advocated on a basis of “habeus corpus”. Yes, Tasers should have been banned and destroyed a long time ago. Torture is detrimental to society - not only to victims.


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NAME:
ADDRESS:
COMMUNITY: Other Community Not Listed
OTHERCOMMUNITY:
PHONENUMBER:
EMAIL:
Date: December 23, 2008

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You have posted this with incorrect attribution. The original author is Laura Kelsey, 100 Mile Free Press The other argument for Tasers May 30, 2008 - Kelowna Capital News On May 7, a disabled man attempted to chain himself to a Greyhound bus in 100 Mile House to protest the company not allowing his scooter on board. RCMP surrounded him, with Tasers drawn. To prevent a tasering and to prove a point, the protester held a large knife to his gut. This action effectively prevented being shocked as a jolt would have sent his body into convulsions and the knife into his stomach. That’s the last thing RCMP would need, considering the current reputation of the device. Tasers were brought into RCMP officers’ hands to save lives. But every time the units are fired it is big news. From the Vancouver airport to a Kamloops hospital, Tasers have been used to shock suspects into submission, sometimes with deadly consequences. But if Tasers hadn’t been employed, then what would have happened to these suspects? It is doubtful Robert Dziekanski would have been shot with a handgun at Vancouver’s airport. The same could be said about the 82-year-old man brandishing a knife in his hospital bed. These men would have had to be subdued in another manner, more likely a good ol’ physical takedown or a baton to the knee. The hoopla surrounding Tasers makes it seem like they are used recklessly. But Mounties are just doing their job. The RCMP’s first order of business is to protect the public. Bringing suspects down as fast as possible is the ideal solution, and Tasers give responding officers that option. Officers have been given an instrument to make their jobs easier. The question is, will the politicians feel the heat from the public enough to holster those Tasers permanently.

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