Is is regrettable the minister and the writer didn't observe first-hand an officer struggling to arrest a suspect and the officer restricted in what she/he can use to accomplish the task.
"In the heat of the moment, do we have accidental discharges of firearms? Yes. Do we have accidental discharges of conductive energy weapons? Yes. Can a carotid control technique go sideways and end up not being applied correctly? Yes.
RCMP Const. Elizabeth Flemister demonstrates the carotid control technique in a video for the National Police Federation. (National Police Federation/YouTube)
"Our members are actually very good, like really good, at deescalating situations because 99.99 per cent of our interactions with the public result in no use of force," said Brian Sauvé, president of the National Police Federation.