• TASER International Inc. promotes its products - principally the X26 stun-gun, used by the Police - effectively and aggressively; see their official website: www.taser.com.
  • GlobalShock challenges this taser perspective.
  • Based in Montreal (Canada), GlobalShock.org is an online archive documenting and tracking the global taser controversy, posting published reports, each with a summary and comments: no other website is currently doing this on such a scale.
  • In January 2013 we uploaded our 2000th indexed post; the most disturbing problem is clearly the 750+ deaths following police use of the taser (see List-of-the-Dead).
  • Most posts are news reports from local or national media-outlets, URLs included; articles are categorized by COUNTRY and are cross-INDEXED; we also publish longer INDEPTH articles and our own EDITORIALS (see NAVIGATION).
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Published on November 21 2017 Read more...

(2017-11-21 – retrieval date) USA: Patrick W. Smith, CEO Axon Enterprise Inc.: 2016 income: $1,540,628 [[corporate profits]]

1.salary.com As Chief Executive Officer at AXON ENTERPRISE INC, Patrick W. Smith made $1,540,628 in total compensation. Of this total $350,000 was received as a salary, $0 was received as a bonus, $0 was received in stock options, $1,178,750 was awarded as stock and $11,878 came from other types of compensation. This information is according to proxy statements filed for the 2016 fiscal year. The chart on ...
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(2017-11-21) VIRGINIA: Jury sides with Fairfax police officer who shot suspect in the back with a taser [[mental illness // police vindicated // settlement (not accepted)]]

Washington Post More than two years ago, Fairfax police officer Alan Hanks was responding to a call when he was captured on video firing a Taser at Elton Cansler’s back. After a year of litigation, two days of testimony and 16 hours of deliberation, a federal court jury in Alexandria this week decided Hanks acted reasonably and should not be forced to pay damages. The trial illustrated how ...
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(2017-11-20 retrieval date) (2016-09-21) Taser vs. Gun: Why Police Choose Deadly Force Despite Non-Lethal Options [[taser ineffective // split-second decision-making // guns vs. tasers]]

NBC-News Three black men were shot dead by police in the past week, marking the latest flash points in violence that touched both coasts and cut through the Midwest. But in two of those cases — first in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and then in El Cajon, California — not all police on the scene had their guns raised. Officers had Tasers, or stun guns, ready too. That raises ...
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(2017-11-20) MISSOURI: Unfazed by Taser, suspect runs from Ferndale police, caught at Como’s [[taser ineffective]]

The Daily Tribune Ferndale police used a Taser on a felony assault suspect before he ran off and was caught when he tried to run into the shuttered Como’s Restaurant through a locked rear door, police say. “Apparently he doesn’t read the Ferndale Forum on Facebook,” said Ferndale Police Sgt. Baron Brown, referring to local news stories and hundreds of posts that have appeared there since county ...
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(2017-11-20) TENNESSEE: Williams Fights Homeowner, Police Undeterred By Taser, K-9 [[taser ineffective]]

The Chatanoogan Chattanooga Police said a man who violently escaped from Memorial Hospital wound up fighting police and a homeowner - undeterred by tasers, pepper spray and a K-9. William Travis Williams, 20, of 724 Sylvan Dr., is charged with six counts of aggravated assault, resisting arrest, evading arrest and especially aggravated burglary. In the incident on Saturday, police said Williams struck a hospital employee prior to barging ...
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(2017-11-18) MARYLAND: Salisbury Deputy uses Taser on student fleeing campus in drug arrest [[teenager tasered // tasers in schools]]

The Seattle Times SALISBURY, Md. (AP) — A deputy on Maryland’s Eastern Shore used a Taser on a high school student fleeing the campus during a drug investigation. The Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office said the officer used the stun gun Friday because the student resisted arrest and because of concerns he might be armed. Police say the 15-year-old Parkside High School student drew suspicion because he smelled like ...
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(2017-11-19) UK: Two Cornwall policemen left with career ending injuries after being attacked by suicidal man [[United Kingdom // taser ineffective // suicide]]

Cornwall Live (Metro) Two policemen had their careers ended after being attacked by a man whose life they were trying to save. PC Danny Gooch or Sergeant Andy Parkman tried to taser Nigel Raynor, but the taser failed and they became victims of a sustained attack. Raynor, of no fixed abode, stamped on PC Gooch shattering his ankle and punched Sergeant Parkman several times in a shop in ...
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(2017-11-17 retrieval date) (1998-09-30) FLORIDA-: Miami: Banking on brainpower [University of Miami “brain bank”]

   Miami magazine, by David Villano In a tiny room behind a glass door in a drab, inauspicious building near downtown Miami, the secrets of the human brain are locked away. The room houses two stainless steel freezers, each secured with a padlock. One is an upright model like that you'd find in a kitchen; the other is a low chest with a hinged lid. On the ...
Published on November 17 2017 Read more...

(2017-11-17) MINNESOTA: Alexandria Police honored for work on mental illness cases [[mental illness // crisis intervention training – taser not mentioned]]

Echo Press Actively making strides for individuals who struggle with mental illness is just one of the reasons the Alexandria Police Department earned the Criminal Justice Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Minnesota. "They recognize that by ignoring the problem or just bringing them (patients) to jail does nothing but create an escalating revolving door and does nothing to treat the person," said Kesha ...
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(2017-11-16) PENNSYLVANIA: In roadside shooting, state troopers were justified, District Attorney says [tasered, then shot, then seriously injured // taser ineffective]]

[Daniel Khalil Clary, 22, on 7 November 2017 survived the altercation, after 5 days in hospital] The Morning Call It started with a routine traffic stop and a suspect who acted strangely, then allegedly began resisting when state troopers tried to arrest him. The roadside struggle escalated in seconds, authorities said Thursday, the motorist trying to grab one trooper’s handgun from its holster and continuing to fight even ...
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(2017-11-16) WASHINGTON STATE: Seattle police board says fatal shooting was within policy [taser-training // excessive force]]

GlobalShock note: this article is included even though the taser was not used during the fatal incident: it highlights taser-training problems … Seattle Times SEATTLE — The Seattle Police Department’s Force Review Board has found the fatal shooting of Charleena Lyles by two officers in June to be reasonable, proportional and within policy, according to sources familiar with the decision. The board’s unanimous vote occurred during a meeting ...
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(2017-11-16) CALIFORNIA: He was hit with a Taser and died. Now his family wants answers from the California Highway Patrol [[tasered, then died // excessive force // drive-stun mode]]

[DEATH: Christopher Murphy on 7 December 2016] Sacramento Bee Kristina Compher worries that her three children are not the same people they were a year ago, before their father Christopher Murphy died after an auto accident and subsequent encounter with two California Highway Patrol officers who allegedly hit him with a Taser, hog-tied and handcuffed him after finding him wandering near the crash. Her oldest son, Gabriel, who ...
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(2017-11-16) SOUTH CAROLINA: As video of Taser use emerges, 86-year-old man reaches $900,000 settlement with Kingstree police [[elderly tasered // settlement // excessive force // taser-training // minorities tasered]]

[SERIOUS INJURY: Albert Chatfield (86) on 16 October 2017] Post and Courier (Charleston, South Carolina)   An 86-year-old black man injured after being jolted by a white officer’s Taser will get a $900,000 payout — one of the most significant for a stun gun case in South Carolina history — as video emerged Friday of the Kingstree encounter that raised further questions about police use of force. Albert Chatfield, who has ...
Published on November 16 2017 Read more...

(2017-11-16) CALIFORNIA: Court orders Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office to release autopsy video in death of Branch Wroth [[tasered, then died // autopsy: results unavailable]]

[DEATH: Branch Wroth, 41, on 12 May 2017] Press Democrat A federal judge in San Francisco has ordered the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office to turn over video taken during the autopsy of a 41-year-old Forestville man who died in May after a Rohnert Park police officer shocked him with a stun gun in a struggle outside his motel room. The federal subpoena issued Nov. 7 requires the county ...
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(2017-11-16) GLOBAL: Scottsdale-Based Axon Cites International Customers As Strong Source Of Growth [[United Kingdom // TASR-AAXN // cost of taser // taser-training]]

kjzz.org (Phoenix) http://kjzz.org/content/567801/scottsdale-based-axon-cites-international-customers-strong-source-growth Scottsdale-based Axon, manufacturer of law enforcement equipment and technologies, answered investor questions Thursday during a quarterly results call. Sales growth for the company is mostly international. Revenue for the 3rd quarter was record setting, up 26 percent, due in part to growth from international sales. Rick Smith is CEO and founder. He said officers training in the U.K. require 15 to 20 taser cartridges per officer ...
Published on November 15 2017 Read more...

(2017-11-15 retrieval date) USA: AXON document: Critical Event CEW Checklist / Analysis and Evidence Collection Checklist [[TASER post-incident investigation // corporate spin]]

[GlobalShock : Note this is a pdf accessed via a link at  https://returns.axon.com/CriticalEventsForm.aspx] AXON Enterprise: This checklist is intended to be a wide-ranging list of evidentiary items your agency may desire to gather as part of an investigation involving the use of a TASER® conducted electrical weapon (CEW). Each agency will determine its own investigation procedures and practices. Event date and time: Department Case No.: CEW Operator(s): Subject’s ...
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(2017-11-15 retrieval date) USA: AXON: Critical Event Assistance [[TASER post-incident investigation]]

AXON Enterprise Inc. (for contacting poice involved in taser incidents) https://returns.axon.com/CriticalEventsForm.aspx This contact form is for Critical Events involving a TASER Weapon or TASER related emergencies ONLY involving an injury or death, weapon malfunction, or controversial incident. This is not a general support form*. Once submitted (law enforcement only), you will be contacted as soon as possible by a TASER representative. For submissions between 6pm and 6am Mountain ...
Published on November 14 2017 Read more...

(2017-11-14) UK: Investigation into death of Marc Cole [in Cornwall] after being tasered by police could take several more months [United Kingdom // Tasered, then died // watchdog]]

[DEATH; Marc Cole, 30 in May 2017] Cornwall Live A Taser was used on the 30-year-old, allegedly twice, after officers were called to reports of a man 'slashing himself' with a knife in Falmouth Bottom of Form Top of Form Bottom of Form The family of a Falmouth man who died six months ago after being tasered by police are still waiting to hold his funeral because the investigation into the ...
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(2017-11-14) OREGON: Portland Plans To Give Away Its Old Tasers. Are They Safe? [[taser shelf-life // tasered, then died // corporate spin]]

Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) The Portland Police Bureau is looking to get rid of close to 700 outdated Tasers, and wants permission from the City Council to donate some of the stun guns to other law enforcement agencies. The X26 model Tasers the Police Bureau wants to give away were once the company’s most popular model. Critics say they are less safe than newer models and more likely to ...
Published on November 14 2017 Read more...

(2017-11-14) MICHIGAN: Attorney says state withholding info in [Detroit] ATV death suit [[tasered, then died // teenager tasered]]

[DEATH: Damon Grimes, 15 on 26 August 2017] The Detroit Newshttp://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2017/11/14/atv-death-evidence-sparks-legal-clash/107680498/ An attorney for the family of Damon Grimes, the 15-year-old ATV driver who died in a crash after a Michigan State Police crew chased him and stunned him with a Taser, claimed Tuesday the state is withholding information in a federal lawsuit. A lawyer for the Michigan Attorney General’s Office, which is representing the state police in ...