Calgary police and Tasers: Why the city saw a 33% increase in use of conducted energy weapons

That life-and-death reality is why it’s hard to find fault with Calgary police, despite a dramatic upsurge in the number of conducted energy weapon incidents in recent years, including a 33% increase in Taser use between 2014 and 2015.

The statistics, which shows officers pulling the trigger on the typically non-lethal electroshock weapons climbed by more than 60% since 2012, are part of the annual Calgary Police Service update to city council, a report explaining what cops have been up to in the past year.

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