According to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police who killed Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski at the Vancouver International Airport in October 2007, a stapler is a dangerous weapon justifying the use of lethal force.
Const. Gerry Rundel told the public inquiry into the death of Dziekanski that the stapler the Polish man was holding could have been used as a weapon against the officers or members of the public.
Rundel testified earlier this week that he feared for his safety when Dziekanski turned toward the officers clenching the stapler
However, several other civilian witnesses who watched Dziekanski before police arrived have testified they were not afraid of him.
These witnesses, of course, are not trained law enforcement officers. They don't know enough to be afraid of staplers, stupid civilians.
For those who don't recall, Dziekanski's killing (he was shot by five officers wielding TASERs, for the apparent crime of being a non-English speaker stranded in a confusing place), sparked massive outrage in the news and on blogs at the time.
Via The Agitator.