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Taser hearing questions gap in police video

A gap in police video is the focus of a Police Services Act hearing into the conduct of two officers accused of unnecessarily tasering a protester.

A gap in police video coverage is the focus of a Police Services Act hearing into the conduct of two officers accused of unnecessarily tasering a protester.

RCMP Const. Sylvie Nault was operating the police camera and was asked Tuesday to explain gaps in her footage on the night of May 29, 2003.

Nault stopped filming for two and a half minutes during a protest in downtown Ottawa involving several Algerians claiming refugee status in Canada.

During that time, protester Paul Smith, who was lying on the ground after being arrested and handcuffed, was tasered by police.

Nault says she didn't purposely avoid filming any scenes and any gap was probably because she had moved in for a better angle.

Acting Sgt. Paulo Batista and Sr. Const. James Jordon are facing non-criminal misconduct charges under the act for the incident.

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