• 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).
  • We welcome questions, reactions and suggestions for new posts from your local area: contact@globalshock.org
Published on September 23 2017 Read more...

(2016-10-20) The use of Tasers on people with mental health problems across International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL) countries [TAGS: mental health // crisis intervention training (CIT) // excited delirium]

A 119-page report by Janet Peters and Fran Silvestri. We offer here the first 3 pages, omitting the footnotes: the full text can be found at http://www.iimhl.com/files/docs/Make_It_So/20161020.pdf or on our site: GlobalShock.org/(2016-10)The-use-of-Tasers-on-people-with-mental-health-problems-across-IIMHL-countries What is the IIMHL? The International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL) is a unique international collaborative that focuses on improving mental health and addictions services. IIMHL is a collaboration of eight countries: Australia, England, ...
Published on September 22 2017 Read more...

(2017-09-22 – date downloaded, document undated; copyright 2017) TASER-AXON: Critical Event CEW Checklist / Analysis and Evidence Collection Checklist [TAGS: TASER-police linkages // tasered, then died // Miami Brain Endowment Bank //

https://returns.axon.com/Documents/CriticalEventsForm/Critical-Event-Checklist.pdf 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 Information:  Gender  Age  Height  Weight  Build (very thin, skinny, medium build, muscular, ...
Published on September 22 2017 Read more...

(2017-09-22) MALAYSIA: Child rescued from amok father [TAGS: Malaysia // appropriate use // running amok]

KUCHING, MALAYSIA: Police rescued a young child from the clutches of her berserk father, who held a machete against the girl’s neck, after neutralising him with a Taser stun gun. The incident happened around 5.45pm Wednesday when police received a distress call that a man had run amok and was holding his young daughter hostage at a house in Kampung Bintawa Hilir. District police chief ACP Abang ...
Published on September 22 2017 Read more...

(2017-09-22: date uploaded) (2015-12-19) Critics decry contributions to Councilman Englander from Taser execs seeking LAPD camera contract [TAGS: Axon body-cameras // TASER lobbying // TASER friends]

Councilman Mitch Englander, left, with Mayor Eric Garcetti, accepted campaign donations from Taser International executives. The firm is seeking an LAPD camera contract. L.A. voters went to the polls in 2011 to crack down on what some referred to as "pay to play" practices at City Hall, passing a measure to limit the political influence of companies that seek government business. Measure H, backed by then-Councilman Eric ...
Published on September 21 2017 Read more...

(2017-09-21) CANADA: Outgoing Toronto deputy chief ‘unreservedly’ endorses Tasers for front-line cops [TAGS: Canada // Police want tasers // mental health // de-escalation]

Mike Federico's 45-year career with the Toronto police is coming to a close. He spent his final years focusing on police interactions with people in mental health crisis. Mike Federico thought he knew what he was signing on for when, at 20, he joined the ranks of the Metropolitan Toronto Police Force in 1972. The job was primarily about security, he believed — the maintenance of ...
Published on September 21 2017 Read more...

(2017-09-21) USA – The Intercept: Taser Wants to Build an Army of Smartphone Informants [TAGS: body-cameras // Public Evidence Product // video storage // privacy]

Note: This download is unable to reproduce screenshots that confirm TASER's intent of encouraging private citizens to upload their video-recordings to Evidence.com. See: https://theintercept.com/2017/09/21/taser-wants-to-build-an-army-of-smartphone-informants/ ----------------------- Axon, the world’s largest vendor of police-worn body cameras, is moving into the business of capturing video taken by the public. In a survey emailed to law enforcement officials last month, the company formerly known as Taser International solicited naming ideas for ...
Published on September 21 2017 Read more...

(2017-09-21) Pittsburgh, PENNSYLVANIA: I-Team: Behind the viral video of violent arrest of Ravenna man [TAG: bad-cop]

PITTSBURGH--The FOX 8 I-TEAM is investigating the violent arrest of a Ravenna man by Pittsburgh Police caught on camera in video that’s gone viral. Cell phone video shows officers punching Daniel Adelman, slamming his head down, and shooting him with two tasers. It happened Tuesday night outside a concert in downtown Pittsburgh. One officer can even be seen grabbing a taser off of the belt of another ...
Published on September 21 2017 Read more...

(2017-09-21) San Antonio Police Dept.: Officer who tased man in 2015, killing him, disciplined for slamming suspect on patrol car [TAGS: tasered, then died (2015) // bad-cop]

[DEATH: Norman Cooper, 33 (2015)] One of the San Antonio police officers who tasered a man in 2015, leaving him dead, received a two-day suspension last month after he slammed another man onto the hood of a patrol car, according to suspension records obtained by the San Antonio Express-News. Officer Arnoldo A. Sanchez, who has been with the department for four years, was disciplined Aug. 11 for ...
Published on September 20 2017 Read more...

(2017-09-20) USA – Reuters: The garage science behind the stun gun that changed policing [TAGS: history of TASER // animal research // human volunteers // cardiac risks // TASER-sponsored research // safety warnings // tasered, then died]

By Lisa Girion SCOTTSDALE, Arizona, Sept 20 (Reuters) - When Rick Smith launched his supercharged stun gun in 1999, his startup had produced two failed products, several years of losses and a load of debt. He had thrown everything into a weapon he believed police would buy. His challenge was two-fold. He needed something strong enough to stop suspects in their tracks and the science to convince ...
Published on September 20 2017 Read more...

(2017-09-20) OKLAHOMA City: The Latest: Neighbor says man shot by cop didn’t speak [TAGS: tasered, then shot, then died // mentally-challenged tasered]

[ DEATH : Magdiel Sanchez, 35 - tasered and shot almost simultaneously ] The Latest on a man holding a stick who was shot and killed by an Oklahoma City police officer (all times local): 4:15 p.m. A man who saw Oklahoma City police officers open fire on his deaf neighbor says the neighbor was developmentally disabled and also didn't speak. Julio Rayos tells The Oklahoman that 35-year-old ...
Published on September 20 2017 Read more...

(2017-09-20) OKLAHOMA: Witnesses yell ‘he can’t hear you’ as Oklahoma City cops fatally shoot deaf man (TAGS: deaf tasered // tasers vs. guns // split-second decision -making // tasered, then shot, then died]

[ DEATH:  Magdiel Sanchez, 35 ] Oklahoma City police officers who opened fire on a man in front of his home as he approached them holding a metal pipe didn't hear witnesses yelling that he was deaf, a department official said Wednesday. Magdiel Sanchez, 35, wasn't obeying the officers' commands before one shot him with a gun and the other with a Taser on Tuesday night, police ...
Published on September 19 2017 Read more...

(2017-09-19) SOUTH DAKOTA: Yankton Sioux Tribe decries ‘excessive force’ against elder by Wagner Police Department [TAGS: indigenous person tasered // elderly targeted]

The Attorney General’s Office is investigating an incident outside a Wagner nursing home after an excessive force claim from the family of a Yankton Sioux Tribal member who had rushed there to see his dying mother. The tribe’s elected government released a statement Tuesday condemning the use of physical force and a Taser to subdue 64-year-old Ray Cournoyer Sr. early Sunday morning, a tribal elder whose family posted ...
Published on September 19 2017 Read more...

(2017-09-19) MICHIGAN State Police Curb Detroit Patrols After Boy’s ATV Death [TAGS: youth tasered // tasered, then died]

[ DEATH : Damon Grimes, 15 (August 2017) ] DETROIT (AP) — State police have temporarily stopped patrolling part of Detroit after a trooper last month fired his Taser at a teenager before the 15-year-old crashed an all-terrain vehicle and died. State police Lt. Mike Shaw tells The Detroit News officials decided about a week after the boy's Aug. 26 death to suspend patrols in the ...
Published on September 19 2017 Read more...

(2017-09-19) FLORIDA: Naples Man Arrested For Violating Irma Curfew Dies After Suffering ‘Medical Episode’ In Custody [TAGS: tasered, then died // drive-stun mode // pepper spray]

[DEATH:  Dewan Rewis, 31 ] Authorities say the 31-year-old man resisted arrest and an officer deployed his Taser twice. NAPLES, FL — A man who was arrested in Florida for violating a local curfew imposed during Hurricane Irma died after being taken into custody early Thursday morning and the man's family is searching for answers. Dewan Rewis, 31, of Chokoloskee suffered a "medical episode" Thursday morning after his ...
Published on September 17 2017 Read more...

(2017-09-17) CALIFORNIA: Man Armed With a Knife Killed on 5 Freeway [TAGS: taser ineffective // tasered, then shot, then died]

[ Death: unidentified ] All northbound lanes of the 5 Freeway were closed between Mission Road and Broadway on Sunday morning after an altercation led police to shoot a pedestrian walking on the freeway. California Highway Patrol officers arrived and tried to "diffuse" the situation after a call came in shortly after midnight Sunday of a man in his 40s walking on the northbound lanes of the ...
Published on September 16 2017 Read more...

(2017-09-16) NEW YORK CITY: Learning from cop cams: The first release of NYPD body-camera footage reveals the strengths and weaknesses of the new technology [TAGS: body-cameras // mental health // tasered, then shot, then died]

[DEATH: Miguel Richard] The release of video from NYPD body cameras of the deadly encounter with Miguel Richards in the Bronx gives New York, for the first time, the opportunity to appreciate the great value the equipment adds to our understanding of police-involved shootings — and to acknowledge the limitations in the long-awaited technology. Kudos to Police Commissioner Jimmy O’Neill for releasing the footage Thursday over the ...
Published on September 15 2017 Read more...

(2017-09-15) NEW YORK CITY: Graphic video: Police fatally shoot ’emotionally disturbed’ man armed with knife, fake gun [TAGS: mental illness // tasered, then shot, then died]

[ DEATH :  Miguel Richards, 31 ] On Thursday, the NYPD released body-cam footage showing a man being shot and killed during a standoff in his Bronx apartment. DNAinfo reports that Miguel Richards, 31, is the man seen in the footage holding a knife and toy gun in the corner of a room on September 6. A landlord reportedly called police after not hearing from the man for several days, leading ...
Published on September 14 2017 Read more...

(2017-09-14) MALTA: Violent drunk tasered in police station rampage, court told [TAG: Malta // drunk & disorderly]

The 35-year-old was arraigned under arrest, accused with threatening police offers and disobeying orders, among other charges ... 'Once I start drinking I just don’t stop', said Joseph Compagno. A violent drunk, who had to be subdued with a taser gun after running amok inside the Msida police station yesterday, has been jailed for a year and lost his €5000 bail bond. 35-year-old Joseph Compagno was arraigned ...
Published on September 13 2017 Read more...

(2017-09-13) OREGON: Reports detail police shooting of Bend, Oregon, driver [TAGS: taser ineffective // tasered, then shot, then died // de-escalation]

[ DEATH :  Michael Tyler Jacques, 31 ] BEND, Ore. (AP) — At 10:29 p.m. on Dec. 23, 2016, Bend Police officer Scott Schaier radioed to dispatch that he had located a suspected intoxicated driver at the intersection of Bond Street and Franklin Avenue. The situation escalated rapidly, and resulted in the fatal shooting of the 31-year-old driver, Michael Tyler Jacques. Schaier pulled up behind the vehicle, ...
Published on September 13 2017 Read more...

(2017-09-13) MICHIGAN: Police use Taser on man holding knife to his own throat at Wixom Bar [TAG: suicide prevention]

WIXOM, Mich. - Police officers used a Taser to stun a man who was standing in the entrance of the Wixom Bar on Wednesday holding a knife to his own throat. Police were called to the Wixom Bar on Pontiac Trail and found a man with a knife at the entrance of the bar. The man is accused of making a threatening gesture toward officers before moving the ...