Chair-Initiated Public Complaint & Public Interest Investigation - In-Custody Deaths Proximal to CEW Use

    OTTAWA, Jan. 15 /CNW Telbec/ - Paul E. Kennedy, Chair of the Commission
for Public Complaints Against the RCMP (CPC), has initiated a complaint into
the conduct of RCMP members present at, or engaged in, incidents where
individuals in RCMP custody died following the use of a conducted energy
weapon (CEW), which incidents have taken place anywhere in Canada between
January 1, 2001 and January 1, 2009.
    Since the RCMP began using the CEW in 2001, a number of individuals have
died while in RCMP custody following utilization of the weapon.
    In his complaint, Mr. Kennedy indicates that given the expressions of
public concern and of the CPC as they relate to deaths of individuals in RCMP
custody, as well as the degree and type of force required by police officers
when effecting an arrest and specific concerns raised over the use of a CEW,
including related training, policy, procedures and guidelines for deployment
thereof, he is satisfied there are reasonable grounds to investigate the
conduct of all RCMP members involved in these incidents.
    Accordingly, pursuant to subsection 45.37(1) of the RCMP Act, Mr. Kennedy
is initiating a complaint into the conduct of all RCMP members involved in
these incidents, specifically:

    - Whether the RCMP officers involved in the aforementioned events, from
      the moment of initial contact with the individual until the time of
      each individual's death, complied with all appropriate training,
      policies, procedures, guidelines and statutory requirements relating to
      the use of force; and

    - Whether existing RCMP policies, procedures and guidelines applicable to
      such incidents are adequate.

    Furthermore, Mr. Kennedy is instituting a public interest investigation
into this complaint, pursuant to subsection 45.43(1) of the RCMP Act.

    The full complaint can be found on the CPC website at

For further information:

For further information: Nelson Kalil, Manager, Communications, (613)

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