“To simply put it. Changing hardware does not solve software issues. Regular psychological evaluations, support mechanisms, and a change in the training programs for front line police officers will help correct some of the police violence problems. Not different equipment.”
Ontario Now Allowing Police To Carry Tasers
The same day that I wrote that article an 80 year old woman was tasered in Mississauga.
A Peel Regional Police officer is under investigation by Ontario’s Special Investigation’s Unit after allegedly Tasering an 80-year-old woman in Mississauga last Wednesday morning.
On Aug. 28, at around 3:30 a.m., police were called to Thomas St. and Erin Mills Pkwy for reports of a female walking along the road.
Once at the scene, three officers spoke with an 80-year-old woman and at some point one of the officers deployed his conducted energy weapon.
The woman proceeded to fall to the ground. She was then taken to Credit Valley Hospital with a fractured hip.
This new example of outrageous police violence only strengthens my point! New hardware does not solve software problems. When a police officer is willing and able to taser an elderly woman, shoot teenage boys, etc. Training and/or psychological testing should be the first thing that we as a society look towards. When discussing a solution to the problem of police violence.