• 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 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 a 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) 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 ...
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(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 // tasered, then died ]]

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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(2017-12-10) 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) 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 ...
Published on December 8 2017 Read more...

(2017-12-08) OKLAHOMA: Tulsa Deputy wrestles to subdue suspect after taser fails [[taser ineffective]]

Krmg – Tulsa Tulsa, Okla. -  A stolen pickup driver has a list of violations against him after a chase early Friday. The truck had been stolen in Coweta. A Tulsa County deputy had tried to stop the driver for over a mile, until the driver crashed into a building near 1300 South Sheridan Road around 2:30 a.m. “The suspect wanted to resist arrest,” Tulsa County Sheriff’s Captain John ...
Published on December 8 2017 Read more...

(2017-12-08) OKLAHOMA: No Charges Filed In Fatal Police Shooting Of Deaf Man [[tasered, then shot, then died // police vindicated]]

[DEATH: Magdiel Sanchez on 19 September 2017 – Note: taser discharged and gun fired almost simultaneously] KGOU-NPR District Attorney David Prater announced Friday that Sgt. Christopher Barnes of the Oklahoma City Police Department will not be charged in the Sept. 19 fatal shooting of Magdiel Sanchez. "I have determined that Lt. Lindsay and Officer Barns's actions were lawful, reasonable and not excessive," Prater said. "At the moment officer ...
Published on December 7 2017 Read more...

(2017-12-07) USA: Are deaths in police custody being miscategorized as “excited delirium?” [[excited delirium // tasered, then died // corporate spin // autopsy]]

GlobalShock note: Please go directly to the site to hear/watch the content of this post - https://www.nbcnews.com/leftfield/video/are-deaths-from-taser-guns-being-miscategorized-as-excited-delirium-1111469123975 - , highly criticval of “excited delirium” as a cause of death, particularly when taser precede death. The only printed information is the following paragraph. NBC \In 2015, Norman Cooper, a 33-year-old unarmed black man, died at his parents home after being "tased" nine times by police officers. Now ...
Published on December 7 2017 Read more...

(2017-12-07) MONTANA: Polson Police Department holds officer Taser training [[taser-training]]

NBC-Montana POLSON,Mont. - The Polson Police Department held an in-house conducted electrical weapon, or Taser, training for its officers Thursday evening. Officer Jim Atkins, a CEW instructor, certified officers on using their new X26 CEW. “It makes so officers know the effects and know what it’s going to be like on the guy they are going to tase. They know what they put the person through; they’ve done ...
Published on December 7 2017 Read more...

(2017-12-07) COLORADO: District attorney: Man who died after arrest had ‘cocaine-induced excited delirium’ [[no taser involved // excited delirium]]

KUSA-Channel 9 Denver KUSA - The 17th Judicial District attorney released a decision letter Thursday saying that his office will not file charges against the Adams County Sheriff’s deputies involved in an incident involving an agitated suspect who died of a medical episode shortly after he was placed into handcuffs. Medical examiners say the suspect, identified as 37-year-old Paul Egli, died of cocaine-induced excited delirium. A large ...
Published on December 7 2017 Read more...

(2017-12-07) OHIO: Woman, 20, suffered miscarriage in jail after being tasered (in 2010) by ‘sadistic’ guards [[Reuters // tasers in prisons // woman tasered // excessive force // settlement // autopsy: taser included]]

Daily Mirror (UK) A new study by Reuters has found that use of tasers has been listed as a contributory factor in quarter of the cases A woman suffered a miscarriage after 'sadistic' prison guards used their Tasers on her, as a new investigation opens up serious questions about deaths and serious injuries in US jails. Martini Smith, who was 20 at the the time, is one of ...
Published on December 6 2017 Read more...

(2017-12-06) OHIO: Vet kills self as police serve search warrant (suicide // taser ineffective]]

Channel 19 News An animal hospital owner in Lorain took his own life Wednesday just as the Drug Enforcement Administration was serving a search warrant for records. It happened December 6, at 8 a.m. at the Animal Emergency Center at 5125 Grove Ave in Sheffield Township. Police say after they arrived, Dr. Craig Talbot DVM, 66, agreed to cooperate and led investigators to an office area where he told them he kept his ...
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(2017-12-06) BELGIUM: Tasers to be tested in 14 police precincts [[Belgium // police want tasers // taser-trial // taser rollout]]

  Brussels Times Jambon, who is also Vice President, had announced in parliament in March his intention to equip local police with this weapon, classified as non-lethal but controversial. At the time, he had referred to a six-month pilot period in 15 precincts. Since then, a framework was drawn up and an agreement worked out with the trade unions, according to the minister. The workers’ representatives are ...
Published on December 6 2017 Read more...

(2017-12-06) USA: Reuters Investigates: Part 6: The Prisoners [[tasers in prisons // tasered, then died // taser-use statistics // woman tasered // multiple taser discharges // drive-stun mode // settlement // excessive force // taser-training]]

  GlobalShock Note: Reuters identified 104 deaths involving Tasers behind bars, nearly all since 2000 … Of the 104 inmates who died, just two were armed. A third were in handcuffs or other restraints when stunned. In more than two-thirds of the 70 cases in which Reuters was able to gather full details, the inmate already was immobilized when shocked – pinned to the ground or held by ...
Published on December 6 2017 Read more...

(2017-12-06) NEBRASKA: Grand Jury finds probable cause to charge two former Omaha officers for in-custody death [[tasered, then die(2017-12-06) NEBRASKA: Grand Jury finds probable cause to charge two former Omaha officers for in-custody death [[tasered, then died // autopsy: taser included // police charged // excited delirium // crisis intervention training (CIT)]]d

[DEATH: Zachary Bearheels on 5 June 2017] WOWT-Channel 6  OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- A Douglas County Grand Jury found probable cause to charge former Omaha police officers Ryan McClarty and Scotty Payne for the in-custody death of Zachary Bearheels. The investigation ended November 28. The Grand Jury concluded that the cause of Bearheel's death was excited delirium, physical struggle and use of a conducted energy device. The Grand Jury ...
Published on December 5 2017 Read more...

(2017-12-05) NORTH CAROLINA: TASER press release: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Purchases 1,743 TASER X2 Smart Weapons [[corporate spin // false TASER statistics]]

GlobalShock Note: We upload this TASER press release for a single purpose: to show that TASER (since April 2017 rebranded as “AXON Enterprise, Inc”) continues to publish its FALSE FACT about how many lives its stun-gun has saved:  “To date, ...  more than 192,000 lives and countless dollars have been saved with the Axon network of devices, apps and people. Learn more at www.axon.com” What they ...
Published on December 4 2017 Read more...

(2017-12-04) CALIFORNIA: Autopsy Doctors – Sheriff Overrode Death Findings to Protect Law Enforcement [autopsy: police interference // independent scientific research]]

WQED-PBS Two San Joaquin County forensic pathologists have accused the sheriff of meddling in death investigations in order to protect officers of the law. Documents released Monday by a pathologist who announced her resignation last week raise serious questions about the integrity of investigations of people who died in the custody of law enforcement officers who used Tasers or other types of force. Dr. Susan Parson, who ...