Sammy Yatim, an 18-year-old man, was killed on an empty streetcar last month after he halfheartedly threatened passengers and police. The video exposed what appears to be the completely unnecessary murder of a young man.
A Taser may have prevented Yatim’s death, as well as the shooting of a troubled man at the Weston Crossroads Plaza last year. Critics, however, say that arming police with Tasers will lead to their overuse.
Frances Nunziata, our councillor, said that she opposes an increase in the police budget that would be used for more Tasers.
“To come forward with an increase in your capital budget, we cannot support that,” board member Councillor Frances Nunziata told the chief. “There should be a zero budget increase from the year before.”
The police are asking for an increase of $3.5 million for their capital budget. They will be meeting with the public on Tuesday, September 4, to discuss the role of the weapons in the force.