TTC examining use of Tasers for special constables
Just great. The Toronto Star is reporting today that a consultant has been hired to examine whether TTC special constables should be better armed. As TTC spokesperson Brad Roth so eloquently puts it, “be armed with firearms, tasers, that kind of thing.” You know, those mildly lethal little gadgets cops just love to whip out at the slightest provocation.
It’s been well documented how I feel about Tasers in the hands of trained police officers, let alone “special” constables (see here and here). So I won’t go on a full scale rant. As usual, I recognize that being a special constable is a dangerous job (as the recent shooting on a subway car highlights). That said, I have to agree with the chair of the TTC, Adam Giambrone:
Giambrone said he is not personally in favour of arming constables with either Tasers or guns. “No evidence has been provided to me so far that indicates our special constables have to be armed any further than they are today,” he said in an interview. “In my opinion they don’t need to be armed any further. They have the backup of the Toronto police.”
By the way, Giambrone is quickly showing himself to be quite a politically savvy cat, keep an eye on him.
Anyway, to sum up. Cops + Tasers = Bad; Lil’ Cops + Tasers = Worse.