Monday, April 13, 2009

CLEAR CONFLICT


Did you know that the Police Chiefs of this country are beholden to the Taser manufacturers?

And therefore, we cannot believe a single word the police chiefs ever say about tasers.

Did you know that?

I didn't until I read the editorial in this morning's Globe, which reveals the gift of $75,000 from Taser International to Canadian Police Chiefs' Association.

Of course, the Chiefs have declared no concerns at all about the use of Tasers, in spite of the 20 deaths in less than five years.

Clear conflict of interest. Clear corruption.

2 comments:

Norman Farrell said...

Police are comfortable with conflicts of interest. They rely upon them.

Vancouver Police faced criticism about the conduct of officers who fatally shot an old man. Despite widely circulating an exculpatory message establishing the official version of events, VPD referred the matter to Abbotsford Police for an "independent" examination.

About the same time, Abbotsford Police faced an official complaint about their conduct. Abbotsford referred the matter to VPD for an "independent" examination.

Additionally, the head of Abbotsford Police was until a year ago the Deputy Chief of VPD and before that, served as head of the Vancouver Police Union.

Is there a hint of potential conflict?

Anonymous said...

I concur with your clear and concise conclusion.
Kudos!