Just one day after the Province of Ontario approved the use of Tasers for all front-line police officers, an 80-year-old woman was shot with a conducted energy device on the streets of Mississauga, falling to the ground and fracturing her hip.
Ontario's Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has confirmed they are investigating the Aug. 28 incident, in which the woman was walking in the Thomas Street and Erin Mills Parkway area at about 3:30 a.m. when she was approached by three Peel Regional Police officers.
There has been some question about the woman's mental state at the time of the incident, although the issue was not addressed in a statement from the SIU.
"Officers spoke with the 80-year-old woman. At some point, an officer deployed his conducted energy weapon," spokesperson Monica Hudon said in an email. "The woman fell to the ground and was taken to Credit Valley Hospital for treatment of injuries, including a fractured hip."Read More »from Tasering of 80-year-old woman does not instill confidence in Ontario’s new stun-gun policy