Taser sues to show stun guns not deadly



Taser sues to show stun guns not deadly Vancouver: A Canadian inquiry was wrong to conclude that electrical stun guns carry a risk of "serious injury or death," the US maker of Taser devices told a Canadian court.

Taser International is challenging the findings of a commission into the October 2007 death of Polish traveller Robert Dziekanski at the airport in this Western Canadian city.

Dziekanski, a new immigrant from Poland, spent some 10 hours lost at the airport before becoming distraught and throwing furniture. He died minutes after four policemen arrived, immediately stunned him five times with a Taser device, and then physically restrained him.

The confrontation and death was captured on a bystander's video, and made international headlines.

The police were not justified in using the Taser, said the final report in June by Commissioner Thomas Braidwood, a retired judge, who said the use of the Taser and a physical struggle "contributed substantially to Mr. Dziekanski's death."

A 2009 preliminary report by the Braidwood commission focused on the Taser, concluding that "conducted-energy weapons do have the capacity to cause serious injury or death."

The British Columbia Supreme Court has set aside five days to hear a challenge of those findings by Taser, which has said the commission findings are hurting its sales internationally.

PTI