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  • 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 December 15 2017 Read more...

(2017-12-15) OKLAHOMA: Prosecutor clears Oklahoma cop in Taser shooting, fire death [[tasered, then died // fire hazard // police vindicated]]

[DEATH: Dana Dean Carrothers, 52, on 7 November 2017] Fox News NORMAN, Okla. –  An Oklahoma police officer was "justified and appropriate" in using his Taser to shoot a man who died after he burst into flames and got into his gasoline-soaked truck, a state prosecutor wrote in a letter released Friday clearing the officer in the man's death. Dana Dean Carrothers had apparently doused himself with gasoline ...
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(2017-12-15) CONNECTICUT: New Haven probe Tests Taser, Body Cam Rules [[excessive force // body-camera video used against police // transparency // de-escalation // taser-use guidelines]]

New Haven Independent Police brass has ordered retraining for three officers who tased a criminal suspect four times in a store and then pepper-sprayed him — and the department has opened an internal investigation into the handling of body camera footage of the event. The investigation stems from an incident captured on one of the new body cameras the department has begun distributing to all officers. The ...
Published on December 15 2017 Read more...

(2017-12-15) FLORIDA: Jupiter police debut their body cameras today [[cost of Axon body-cameras underestimated]]

Palm Beach Post Jupiter joins police departments around the county and state that are wearing body cameras (File photo) Jupiter police will start wearing additional equipment today: Body cameras. “Cameras increase officer safety. And cameras increase transparency and the accountability of our officers,” Jupiter Police Chief Frank Kitzerow told the town council before the vote in October to approve the cameras that cost about $880,000.Jupiter is the ninth police agency in ...
Published on December 14 2017 Read more...

(2017-11-14) UK: Extra 500 Scottish officers to get Tasers after rise in assaults on police [[United Kingdom // taser rollout]]

The Guardian There have been almost a thousand assaults on officers across Scotland in 2017, compared with 764 in 2016 Police in Scotland will train and equip 500 local officers with Tasers as the force struggles to deal with a sharp increase in assaults on police. In what amounts to a significant upgrade in operational capability, the force will also extend the role of armed officers to allow ...
Published on December 14 2017 Read more...

(2017-12-14) AUSTRALIA: Screaming Queensland man Tasered by cops leaps straight back up on his feet to continue aggressive rant [[taser ineffective]]

Daily Mirror (UK) An aggressive man who was shouting at a police officer was Tasered only to get straight back up again in a rare feat caught on camera. Continuing his rant the officer calls for back up and the man can only be stopped when a colleague blasts him in the face with pepper spray. It is believed the incident kicked off after Craig Hinde allegedly punched his ...
Published on December 13 2017 Read more...

(2017-12-13) OHIO: Wooster man accused of biting, punching officer who caught him breaking into home, police say [[taser ineffective]]

Ohio Plain-Dealer TALLMADGE, Ohio -- A Wooster man is accused of biting and punching a police officer who caught him trying to break into a home Wednesday in Tallmadge, police said. Cody Clark, 30, is charged with aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary, receiving stolen property, possessing criminal tools, obstructing official business, resisting arrest, assault on a police officer, carrying concealed weapons and having weapons under disability in the ...
Published on December 13 2017 Read more...

(2017-12-13) LOUISIANA: Every time New Orleans Police Dept uses Tasers, there’s an investigation. Some are ‘flawed,’ watchdog group says [[official report // watchdog // tasered, then died// taser-training // corporate spin // excessive force]]

The Times-Picayune Some internal investigations by the New Orleans Police Department into its own officers' questionable use of Tasers were "incomplete or logically flawed," a watchdog group tasked with monitoring the NOPD claims. A report from the Office of the Independent Police Monitor, which published the document last week, says there are troubling patterns involving officers' Taser use and the way certain probes of Taser use were handled by ...
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(2017-12-14) UK: Jeremy Corbyn does not support blanket boycotts of Israel, says spokesperson [[Israel // opposing tasers]]

Middle East Eye (independent Middle-East news portal) Days after shadow international development secretary tweets BDS support, Corbyn's position highlights Labour party splits A spokesman for Jeremy Corbyn said on Wednesday that the Labour leader does not support a policy of blanket boycotts of Israel. Corbyn's announcement came as a row brewed inside the Labour party after shadow international development secretary Kate Osamor tweeted her support on Saturday for the ...
Published on December 12 2017 Read more...

(2017-12-12 date retrieved) (2016-02-04) ISRAEL: Investigators close Ethiopian-Israeli police abuse case [[Israel, tasered then died (suicide due to police violence) // suicide // excessive force]]

Times of Israel [DEATH: Yosef Salamsa in July 2014 (suicide following taser and related excessive force  by Israeli police)] Family of Yosef Salamsa, who committed suicide in 2014, filed harassment complaints over taser wounds, threats Yosef Salamsa, left, killed himself in July 2014 after he was allegedly abused by police, his family has charged. (Facebook) Investigators announced Sunday they would close a criminal investigation into alleged police abuse ...
Published on December 12 2017 Read more...

(2017-12-11) LOUISIANA: Police Monitor questions New Orleans Police Department’s use of Tasers [[official report //excessive force // watchdog // police vindicated]]

Louisiana Weekly As the troubled New Orleans Police Department continues to implement a federally mandated consent decree that seeks to raise the law enforcement agency up to federal standards for constitutional policing, at least one agency is questioning the NOPD’s use of force in its encounters with civilians after reviewing a number of cases. In a 12-page report, the Office of Independent Police Monitor detailed seven cases ...
Published on December 11 2017 Read more...

(2017-12-11) TEXAS: Records: 18-year-old Guatemalan man attacked Border Patrol agent near Mission [[border patrol]]

CBS 4 News An 18-year-old Guatemalan man attacked a Border Patrol agent Thursday in Mission — snatching the agent's stun gun during a struggle, according to the criminal complaint against him. At 3 a.m. Thursday, an aerostat reported "suspected alien traffic" between South Bentsen Palm Drive and Green Road in Mission, according to the criminal complaint. Border Patrol dispatched an agent to investigate. The agent who responded found ...
Published on December 11 2017 Read more...

(2017-12-11) OHIO: Two Cincinnati cops may have violated Taser policy in case that started City Hall rift [[excessive force // body-camera // de-escalation]]

Cincinnati Enquirer Two Cincinnati police officers used "horrible judgment" and may have violated department policy when they used their Tasers in an early August scuffle, say experts who reviewed body camera footage obtained by The Enquirer. The Aug. 8 incident prompted an extraordinary intervention by the Hamilton County prosecutor in an external city investigation into the use of force and a major showdown between City Manager Harry ...
Published on December 11 2017 Read more...

(2017-12-11) CALIFORNIA: Man killed after he slashes L.A. County deputies with a knife [[tasered, then shot, then died // taser ineffective]]

[DEATH: unnamed man, 39 on 9 December 2017]  Los Angeles Times A man who slashed Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies with a knife was shot and killed Sunday in Artesia, the department said. The shooting occurred at 9:26 p.m. in the 11900 block of Droxford Street in Artesia, according to a press statement. Deputies were responding to a report of a suspicious person looking into parked vehicles, parking his ...
Published on December 11 2017 Read more...

(2017-12-11 – date retrieved) (2014-12-10) ISRAEL: Police Misuse Taser Guns, Says Watchdog [[Israel // TASER-approved research // corporate spin // taser-training // tasered, then died // excessive force // police charged]]

Haaretz For first time, Israeli cop charged with taser abuse Police to resume using tasers gradually, under tighter restrictions State Comptroller Joseph Shapira has discovered serious problems with the Israel Police’s use of Taser electroshock guns against citizens. In an opinion submitted to the State Control Committee, Shapira stated that the police have not studied reports warning about the use of the weapons – which hit the ...
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(2017-12-11) CALIFORNIA: The Officer Tased Him 31 Times; the Sheriff Called His Death an Accident [[tasered, the died // multiple taser diuscharges // police change autopsy report // settlement]]

GlobalShock Note: This is the 2nd important report by KQED showing police interference and misreporting in taser-related deaths. “It was only reported that Daniel Lee Humphreys was tased twice and in reality he was tased 31 times,” his widow said. “I’m not sure how that can be overlooked or swept under a carpet like it was.” Dr. Bennet Omalu, appointed forensic pathologist in 2016, found ...
Published on December 10 2017 Read more...

(2017-12-10) VIRGINIA: Loudon County: Use of force, Tasers drops for officers with crisis intervention training [[taser-use statistics // de-escalation // crisis intervention training (CIT) // taser-training]]

  WTOP-Loudon County,Washington WASHINGTON — Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office has come a long way since it first started training its law enforcement officers five years ago with tools to de-escalate situations among mentally disabled people and those who are having a mental health crisis. Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman said 100 percent of all deputies with two or more years on patrol participated in the training. Five years ago, ...
Published on December 10 2017 Read more...

(2017-12-10) WASHINGTON STATE: Seattle police officers had no viable alternatives when they fatally shot Charleena Lyles, review board finds [[no taser discharged // “taser ineffective” – police]]

The Seattle Times Taser probes, batons and pepper spray weren’t feasible alternatives when two Seattle police officers fatally shot Charleena Lyles after she suddenly pulled a knife on them, according to a newly released Seattle police report. The Force Review Board report, made public Friday, provides the first detailed analysis of the findings that led to the board’s unanimous vote on Nov. 14 that determined the controversial ...
Published on December 9 2017 Read more...

(2017-12-08) FLORIDA: Videos show fight before Brossard County deputy shoots man dead [[tasered, then shot, then died // taser ineffective // body-camera video released]]

[DEATH: Jean Pedro Pierre, 42 on 6 December 2017] Sun-Sentinel And on Friday afternoon, the sheriff’s office took the unusual step of releasing additional video from surveillance cameras, two deputies’ body cameras and 911 recordings from the open investigation to defend the actions of Deputies Sean Youngward, 48, and Steven Briggs, 49, when they met Jean Pedro Pierre, 42, Wednesday at the Sunset Hills Condominium in Lauderdale ...
Published on December 8 2017 Read more...

(2017-12-08) USA: UN Experts Say Video Footage of Taser Use in US Jails Reveals Torture [[United Nations tasers in prisons // Reuters // excessive force // torture]]

Common Dreams "When you use a tool like this on an incapacitated person, to me it certainly amounts to cruel and degrading treatment," said special rapporteur Nilz Melzer United Nations experts had a damning assessment of taser use in U.S. jails, saying footage they viewed revealed the need for investigations and in some cases showed abusive use of the devices so severe it amounted to torture. The watchdogs ...
Published on December 8 2017 Read more...

(2017-12-08) OHIO: United Nations Calls For Probe Of Torture Incidents At Franklin County Jail [[United Nations // tasers in prisons // woman tasered // excessive force // Reuters investigative report]]

WOSU.org (Ohio State University/NPR) After Reuters published footage from 22 incidents in four U.S. jails, watchdogs at the United Nations are urging U.S. authorities to investigate criminal charges against jail officials in Ohio and three other states for torture. The representative from the U.N. singled out the case of Martini Smith, a pregnant woman tasered by officers after an argument about her tongue ring at the Franklin ...