Taser International lost its bid yesterday to quash a public inquiry report that found its products can kill.
British Columbia’s Supreme Court rejected Taser’s argument that it was not treated fairly by the inquiry into Robert Dziekanski’s death, concluding it had “no merit.”
The Arizona-based weapons manufacturer has a long history of litigation against any suggestion the stun guns are unsafe.
The company challenged inquiry commissioner Thomas Braidwood’s findings after he released a report on the weapons last year. Braidwood concluded Tasers have the capacity to affect the heart and trigger a fatal heart arrhythmia.
He said it was difficult to precisely quantify that risk, but he described it as low. Taser asked the court to throw out all of Braidwood’s findings about safety and his subsequent recommendations, claiming the retired judge ignored dozens of medical studies provided by the company.