The Special Investigations Unit is probing the case of an 80 year old woman from Mississauga, Ontario who was tasered by an officer from Peel Regional Police last week. The police were responding to calls about a woman walking on the road, when the incident occurred. The police spoke to the woman, and then for reasons that have not been explained, tasered her, causing her to fall and fracture her hip.
The SIU has identified one suspect officer and two witness officers, meaning that three officers were on scene. What could a somewhat frail, 80 year old woman have possibly done to justify tasering her?
The city of Mississauga is just west of Toronto in Peel Region.
The local paper is reporting that the woman suffers from dementia and speaks mostly Italian with very little English. She was apparently carrying a kitchen knife, but does not have a history of violent behaviour. She likely did not understand what the officers wanted.