TORONTO — Ontario's police watchdog will not charge a Peel Regional Police supervisor who deployed his Taser not once, but twice, to disarm a frail 80-year-old woman with dementia.
In a decision released Wednesday afternoon, Special Investigations Unit director Ian Scott found no reasonable grounds to charge the officer with a criminal offence after he used a stun gun on Iole Pasquale, who was found wandering in the middle of the night on Aug. 28 while holding an eight-inch bread knife.
Despite repeated demands by the three officers on the scene to drop her knife, the confused widow failed to respond.
The two blasts of the Taser caused her to fall and break her hip.
"This decision does not mean that it was the preferred option, particularly in light of Peel Police's internal directive that CEWs (conducted energy weapons) are to be avoided on elderly persons where possible," Scott said in his release.
"It simply means that the decision to use a CEW in these circumstances should not engage the criminal law."