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Toronto police consider Tasers

09/24/2013 01:51 EDT | Updated 11/24/2013 05:12 EST
The Toronto Police Services Board is holding a public meeting today on whether to arm its frontline officers with stun guns.

The Ontario government announced in August it would allow officers to carry stuns guns, which are commonly known as Tasers. Previously only supervisors and special tactical offers were allowed to carry them.

The province’s decision came weeks after Sammy Yatim died in a police shooting aboard a Toronto streetcar.

Alok Mukherjee is head of the police services board.

He says there has not been a single death or serious injury due to police use of Tasers in this city in recent years, which he says is largely due to Toronto's strict rules around how the weapons can be used.

“I worry that some people may use the Taser as a short cut to good policing,” said Mukerjee.

“I would have to receive a great deal of reassurance that the protocol, the rules, the training were being enforced and that people were being held accountable.

The Toronto Police Services Board expects to hear from more than 30 people at its meeting today. The meeting will take place inside council chambers between 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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