11 03 2008

Video shows handcuffed disabled man jolted by RCMP Taser in Kamloops, B.C.

RCMP Watch 

March 10th, 2008


(Canadian Press) – A video has surfaced showing a 45-year-old disabled man being jolted by a Taser inside the Kamloops, B.C., RCMP detachment.

John Dempsey, who suffered from torsion dystonia, a muscle disorder similar to Parkinson’s Disease, was being subdued by two officers in 2004.

Dempsey had refused to walk through a doorway and had wedged his foot in the door frame.

On the time-lapse security video, one officer is seen throwing Dempsey to the floor while the second officer uses a Taser on the handcuffed man.

Dempsey launched a civil suit several years after the incident, saying he didn’t file a complaint at the time because officers told him he would have to stay in jail and he believed he would not have access to his medications.

The fate of the lawsuit is now in doubt because Dempsey died last month in an unrelated accident when he wandered into traffic on the Coquihalla Highway.




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