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Police watchdog investigating after man tasered in downtown Vancouver

Last Updated Oct 9, 2019 at 9:18 pm PDT

(Source: iiobc.ca)
Summary

Police had been called after reports of a man who spat at a couple, then tried to touch a number of women

A flammable item the suspect was carrying ignited when police used a taser

The man was left with serious but non-life threatening inures and had to be taken to hospital

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – BC’s Police watch-dog is looking to speak to witnesses after a man was tasered near Jack Poole Plaza on Sunday.

According to the Independent Investigations Office, police had been called after reports of a man who spat at a couple, then tried to touch a number of women.

When officers arrived on the scene, the man resisted arrest and police used a stun gun to subdue him.

However, the taser ignited a flammable item the suspect was carrying.

The man was left with serious but non-life threatening injuries and had to be taken to hospital.

The IIO will now look if the actions of police played a role into the man’s injuries.