Inquiry counsel recommends foregoing Tasers to restrain mentally ill

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The lead counsel for an inquiry into the death of a mentally ill Nova Scotia man has recommended that Tasers should not be used to restrain those suffering from a mental illness.
Dan MacRury made the recommendation today in his closing submissions at the inquiry into the death of Howard Hyde.
Hyde, a 45-year-old musician, died inside a Halifax-area jail cell in November 2007 - 30 hours after he was Tasered multiple times by police.
The inquiry, which started last July, heard that Hyde's death was not caused by the Tasering, but MacRury concludes the use of the stun gun only served to aggravate the man.
The head of the inquiry, Judge Anne Derrick, is expected to hear 196 recommendations from inquiry lawyers before she turns her attention to writing a final report.
Final submissions will take another two days to complete.

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Halifax

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