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Published on October 16 2017 Read more...

(2017-10-16) TEXAS: Fatal officer-involved shooting reported in Kingwood [[tasered, then shot, then died // taser ineffective]]

[ DEATH : unnamed man ] Houston Chronicle What started out as a routine traffic stop in East Montgomery County Monday ended in deadly gunfire when a fleeing motorcyclist who tried to carjack a carwash patron in Harris County was shot and killed by a deputy. A Montgomery County Precinct 4 Constable's deputy was chasing a motorcycle down Loop 494 near Northpark Drive in East Montgomery County after ...
Published on October 16 2017 Read more...

(2017-10-16) NORTH DAKOTA – Bismark suspect charged in officer-involved shooting [[tasered, then shot, serious injury // taser ineffective]]

Bismarck Tribune The alleged attacker injured in an officer-involved shooting Sunday has been formally charged. Donald Miller, 51, of Bismarck, faces Class B felony robbery with serious bodily injury and Class C felony simple assault on a peace officer in connection to the attack. Bismarck Police Chief Dan Donlin said Monday morning that the suspect had exited surgery Sunday and was in a local hospital. The name of ...
Published on October 15 2017 Read more...

(2017-10-15) CALIFORNIA: Vista Man Dies After Being Tased by San Diego County Deputies [[tasered, then died]]

[ DEATH : unnamed man ] Los Angeles Times A man died Saturday after being stunned with a Taser by San Diego County sheriff’s deputies during a confrontation at a store in San Marcos, authorities said. The man appeared to be under the influence of drugs and was given Naloxone to treat a possible overdose, a sheriff’s investigator said. He died soon after being taken to a ...
Published on October 14 2017 Read more...

Retrieved 2017-10-14 (2016-09-22) GLOBAL (?): “Contagious Accountability” [[body-cameras // independent scientific research]]

Journal of criminal justice and behavior A Global Multisite Randomized Controlled Trial on the Effect of Police Body-Worn Cameras on Citizens’ Complaints Against the Police by Barak Ariel, Alex Sutherland, Darren Henstock,et al. The use of body-worn cameras (BWCs) by the police is rising. One proposed effect of BWCs is reducing complaints against police, which assumes that BWCs reduce officer noncompliance with procedures, improve suspects’ demeanor, or ...
Published on October 13 2017 Read more...

(2017-10-13) FLORIDA: Collier sheriff’s probe in curfew custody death could take months [[tasered, then died // drive-stun mode]]

[ DEATH : Devan Rewis, 31 (14 Sept 2017) Naples Daily News A Collier County Sheriff's Office sergeant who used a Taser in the Hurricane Irma curfew arrest of a Chokoloskee man who later died is an instructor in how to use the electronic weapons to subdue combative suspects, records show. Sgt. Brian Cohen has been a Taser instructor for about five years with the agency, one of ...
Published on October 13 2017 Read more...

(2017-10-13) UK: Police tasered a Romford, Essex girl, 14, during incident outside newsagents [[teenager tasered // woman tasered]]

Essex Live Police have been blasted by the mother of a 14-year-old girl who was tasered by officers responding to an incident at a newsagents near Romford. Detectives from the Central North Command Unit are investigating after an officer was assaulted and required hospital treatment. Police were called by a shopkeeper to Masefield Road, Romford, shortly after 8pm on Thursday night (October 12) to reports that a drunk ...
Published on October 13 2017 Read more...

(2017-10-13) ILLINOIS: Chicago Police Ramping Up Rollout of Largest Body Camera Program in US [[Axon body-cameras]]

Wttw.com The Chicago Police Department is planning to equip patrol officers in all 25 city districts with body-worn cameras like the one seen here by the end of the year. (Matt Masterson / Chicago Tonight) By the end of this year, the Chicago Police Department believes it will have the nation’s largest collection of officer-worn body cameras in use. The department over the past two-plus years has slowly ...
Published on October 13 2017 Read more...

(2017-10-14) MINNESOTA: Some Minnesota police departments are beginning to test out gun cameras [gun-cameras // body-cameras // privacy // storage costs]]

Star-Tribune A small number of police departments are showing interest in a new type of video camera that can be mounted directly on officers' guns, saying it may offer a better view of officer-involved shootings than body cameras. Some law enforcement officials and civil rights groups are skeptical. Among the cons, they point out, is that gun cameras start recording only after weapons are removed from holsters ...
Published on October 12 2017 Read more...

(2017-10-12) ILLINOIS: Fatal shooting of Antonio Zambrano-Montes sparks visiting professor’s lecture against police brutality [[tasered, then shot, then died // taser ineffective // excessive force]]

[ DEATH: Antonio Zambrano-Montes (2015) ] Badger Herald Professor Lisa Cacho said legal system is skewed toward protecting police officers University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign professor Lisa Cacho spoke Thursday night about reforming police brutality. Cacho, an associate professor of Asian American studies, examined the police shooting of Antonio Zambrano-Montes, a shot and killed by Pasco Washington State police officers in 2015. The case garnered international criticism of police violence. After Zambrano ...
Published on October 11 2017 Read more...

(2017-10-11) COLORADO: Jury awards Colorado man [Robert Smith] $760,000 in excessive force lawsuit [[excessive force // settlement]]

Channel 9News (KUSA) DENVER (AP) - Attorneys for a veteran who sued Colorado police officers say a jury has agreed they used excessive force when arresting the man in 2015. A statement issued by Robert Mark Smith's attorneys says a federal jury awarded him about $760,000 Wednesday in the suit against the town of Kremmling, its police chief and two other officers. The original lawsuit says Smith had ...
Published on October 10 2017 Read more...

(2017-10-10) MISSOURI: Body camera company vying for St. Louis contract hires alderman, former board counsel as lobbyists [[taser lobbyist // taser-politician ties // axon body-cameras // axon free trial]]

St.Louis Post-Dispatch A St. Louis alderman has registered to lobby the state on behalf of a body camera company pursuing a contract with the city. 11th Ward Alderman Sarah Wood Martin, an associate for Gateway Government Relations lobbying firm, added Axon to her client list on Oct. 4, according to records from the Missouri Ethics Commission. Axon, formerly known as Taser International, recently rebranded and now dominates the ...
Published on October 10 2017 Read more...

(2017-12-10) UK: Use of Taser in 2016 Llandudno incident was reasonable and proportionate, Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) finds [[United Kingdom // taser: serious injury]]

Wiredgov.net The use of Taser on a man who fell and sustained a head injury at a property in Llandudno was reasonable and proportionate in the circumstances, an Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) investigation has found. North Wales Police officers were called to a report of a domestic disturbance at Bryniau Court at around 10.15pm on Wednesday 27 July 2016. After gaining entry to the address, the officers confronted the ...
Published on October 10 2017 Read more...

(2017-10-11) TENNESSEE: Shocking bodycam video shows unarmed man getting Tasered TEN times at 50,000 volts each during public intoxication arrest [multiple taser discharges // excessive force]

Daly Mail (UK) Federal lawsuit filed by Paul Branch, 31, of Tennessee, claims excessive force and seeks $3million  Branch was arrested on January 16 in Knoxville on charges of resisting arrest and public intoxication  Body camera video released by plaintiff's lawyer shows two Knox County deputies repeatedly Tasering Branch  Complaint says use of Tasers made Branch defecate and urinate on himself, causing 'psychological harm' Deputies claimed ...
Published on October 10 2017 Read more...

(2017-10-10) OHIO: Family of man fatally shot by Euclid police files wrongful death lawsuit [tasered, then shot, then died]]

[ DEATH : Luke Stewart, 23 ] Cleveland.com CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The family of an unarmed man shot and killed by a Euclid police officer in March filed a federal civil-rights lawsuit Monday, alleging wrongdoing on behalf of the officer and another cop who responded to the call that led to the man's death. Officer Matthew Rhodes shot Luke Stewart, 23, after Rhodes and officer Louis Catalani responded to ...
Published on October 9 2017 Read more...

(2017-10-09) UK: Lincolnshire bodybuilder found hanged in cell at HMP Lincoln had expressed suicidal thoughts [[taser: successful suicide (but delayed) // mentally ill // multiple taser discharges // autopsy: taser excluded ]]

[ DEATH: Steven Batty (June 2016) ] Lincolnshire Live He had been Tasered after police were called to his home two days before A policeman fired a Taser at a bodybuilder two days before he was found dead after hanging himself at HMP Lincoln, an inquest has been told. Steven Batty died on June 21, 2016 at Lincoln County Hospital after he was founding hanging in his cell, a ...
Published on October 8 2017 Read more...

(2017-10-08) ARIZONA: Family Friends Speak Out After Elderly Springdale Man [aged 81] Is Tased By Police [[elderly tasered // protesting taser use]]

Channel5 News SPRINGDALE (KFSM) -- Family friends of Harold Marlin are speaking out after he was tased by Springdale Police, after officers said he did not comply with an order to put a knife down. According to his friends, Marlin, has a severe case of Alzheimer's disease.  Prior to the tasing, friends said Marlin was confused as he was trying to return home, thinking his neighbor's home ...
Published on October 8 2017 Read more...

(2017-10-08) ARKANSAS: Death Investigation Underway in Conway County by State Police [[woman tasered // tasered, then died]]

ArkansasMatters.com [ DEATH : Regina Twist, 36 ] CONWAY COUNTY, Ark.-- The Conway County Sheriff's Office asked Arkansas State Police to investigate a woman's death after deputies placed her under arrest early Sunday morning. State Police said the investigation is underway to figure out what exactly happened. ASP said Conway County Deputies responded to a disturbance around 4 Sunday morning at a home on Oliger Driver near Highway 9 ...
Published on October 8 2017 Read more...

(2017-10-08) FLORIDA: After Miami Beach Pays Just $100K After Tasering Teen to Death, a Look Back on the Case [[tasered then died // teenager tasered // settlement // autopsy: taser included // TASER corporate spin // police exonerated // University of Miami Brain Bank // excited delirium]]

[ DEATH: Miami New Times: Israel "Reefa" Hernandez-Llach (August 2013)] Miami New Times After evading any sort of criminal consequences for Tasing an 18-year-old skateboarder to death, the City of Miami Beach will pay a comparatively paltry $100,000 to settle the final wrongful-death lawsuit stemming from the case. On Friday, the Florida Bulldog reported that the city has finally settled a suit filed by Israel "Reefa" Hernandez-Llach's parents, Israel ...
Published on October 8 2017 Read more...

(2017-10-08) MISSOURI – Dogtown bar in St.Louis reopens after death of intruder who was shocked with Taser by police [tasered, then died]

[ DEATH : unnamed man, 60 ] St. Louis Post-Dispatch  On Saturday morning, a man in his 60s forced his way into the Dogtown bar and grill, wielding a knife, and made threats against four employees working at the time, authorities and owner Bob Brazell said. He said none of the employees knew or recognized the man, who police had not identified as of Sunday afternoon. Officers responding ...
Published on October 6 2017 Read more...

(2017-10-06) CALIFORNIA: Parents of mentally ill man fatally shot by LAPD awarded $3.5 million [[mentally ill // tasered, then died // settlement]]

[DEATH : Ruben Herrera (26), December 2016 ] Los Angeles Times An LAPD officer stands outside the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Harbor City after the December 2015 shooting of Ruben Herrera. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times) A federal jury awarded $3.5 million on Friday to the parents of a mentally ill man who was fatally shot by a Los Angeles police officer while at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, ...