Cops tase 82-year-old heart patient in bed
RCMP officers used a taser to subdue an 82-year-old man in his hospital bed in Kamloops, B.C. last week. The man had become delusional and pulled a knife out of his pocket, police and nurses say. When he refused to drop the knife, the officers tased him three times.
I realize that anyone with a blade is potentially dangerous. I wouldn't expect the officers to try to wrest the knife from the guy. But surely there was a better solution to this problem.
Tasers can kill by disrupting the electrical conduction apparatus of the heart. Even apparently healthy adults and teenagers have died this way. Tasering an 82-year-old heart patient on oxygen seems especially dangerous.