Expert tells Nunavut inquest many police tools not effective in cold weather – CBC

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Expert tells Nunavut inquest many police tools not effective in cold weather – CBC

by ahnationtalk on October 8, 202144 Views

Oct 08, 2021

Police expert testified Wednesday in inquest into Charles Qirngnirq’s death by RCMP in 2016

A use of force expert says an RCMP officer who shot and killed an armed man in a remote Nunavut community didn’t have effective, less-lethal options he could have used that day.

Sgt. Brad Fawcett told a coroner’s inquest Thursday into the death of 21-year-old Charles Qirngnirq from Gjoa Haven that many of the tools officers are equipped with don’t work in cold weather.

Fawcett said stun guns such as Tasers don’t often work in the cold, pepper spray isn’t as effective and batons don’t have the same impact through winter clothing.

“In this environment, you can preclude all less lethal options” said Fawcett, who is with the Vancouver Police Department.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/police-tools-nunavut-inquest-charles-qirngnirq-1.6204577

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