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  • flapjacker69 flapjacker69 Jul 23, 2004 7:15 PM Flag

    DEAd canadin had lethal cocaine levels

    Vancouver police waited a month before confirming 54-year-old Robert Bagnell died after police stunned him with a Taser in a downtown hotel room a month ago.

    Bagnall died June 23, the same day an inquest opened into the 2000 in-custody death of Jeff Berg.

    Chief Jamie Graham denied the force was trying to cover it up.

    "I give you my word we waited for the toxicology so we could give a fair and balanced account of this incident," he said Friday.

    Graham says the tests show a lethal level of cocaine in Bagnall's system at the time of his death.

    "We know that Tasers are safe or we wouldn't be using them," said Graham. "I would remind you that there has never been a coroner in Canada or the U.S. who has listed a Taser as the cause of death."

    It was the second Taser-related death during arrests in the city in the last two months.

    Another man died in May.

    There have been recent deaths in Brampton, Ont., Richmond, B.C., and Burnaby, B.C.

    Members of the Schizophrenia Society have weighed in on the issue, supporting the use of Tasers which they see as non-lethal weapons that safely immobilize people who could pose a danger to themselves.
    © Canadian Press 2004

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