• 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 October 6 2016 Read more...

(2016-10-04) COWETA COUNTY, GEORGIA – Man dies after being shocked with Taser 15 times, deputies face no charges

http://www.wsoctv.com/news/trending-now/man-dies-after-being-shocked-with-taser-15-times-deputies-face-no-charges/453336443 TAGS: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, by Alexis Stevens COWETA COUNTY, Ga. - After months of investigation and review of video from the incident, the district attorney said Monday that the deputies who used a Taser on Chase Sherman 15 times will not face criminal charges. "The death of Chase Sherman, while tragic in nature, is not a criminal matter and, therefore, will not be prosecuted further under state law," DA Peter ...
Published on October 5 2016 Read more...

(2016-10-05) PHOENIX, ARIZONA Set to Choose Vievu Over Taser to Build Cop Cams

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-10-05/phoenix-set-to-choose-vievu-over-taser-to-build-cop-cams TAGS: VIEVU, POLICE BODY-CAMERAS, MONOPOLY  Bloomberg, by Melissa Mittelman Body camera upstart Vievu LLC is poised to win a contract to supply the Phoenix police department with video cameras, beating out Arizona’s homegrown industry giant Taser International Inc. A city committee recommended offering Seattle-based Vievu a contract for the wearable cameras, according to a public notice dated Sept. 20. The company scored the highest among criteria including “method of ...
Published on October 5 2016 Read more...

(2015-10-05) CALIFORNIA – Autopsy results for man who died in Pasadena police custody placed on security hold

http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/general-news/20161005/autopsy-results-for-man-who-died-in-pasadena-police-custody-placed-on-security-hold San Gabriel Valley Tribune, by Ruby Gonzales, ***TASERED, THEN DIED***MULTIPLE TASER DISCHARGES***POLICE BRUTALITY TASER VICTIM: Reginald Thomas, Jr. (30 Sept) PASADENA >> An autopsy was done this week on a man who died after Pasadena police used a Taser on him, then handcuffed him and restrained his legs. But sheriff’s officials are preventing the release of any information about the coroner’s report. “There is a security hold for a ...
Published on October 5 2016 Read more...

(2016-10-05) CALIFORNIA – Why’d 66-year-old die after being hit with Taser by Burbank cops? Autopsy awaited

http://mynewsla.com/crime/2016/10/05/whyd-66-year-old-die-after-being-hit-with-taser-by-burbank-cops-autopsy-awaited/ MyLANews.com, by Stephanie Michaud TAGS: ***TASERED, THEN DIED***AUTOPSY*** TASER VICTIM: Thomas Wayne Binkley, 66 The incident began about 6:20 p.m. Tuesday, when police went to a residence on a report that a man had allegedly threatened his ex-daughter-in- law, said Burbank police Sgt. Claudio Losacco. “The female victim of the criminal threats reported that her ex-father- in-law had gone to her home and threatened her life,” Losacco said. “After taking ...
Published on October 4 2016 Read more...

(2016-10-03) USA – TASER plummets 14% after losing NYPD body camera contract

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/10/03/taser-plummets-14-after-losing-nypd-body-camera-contract.html TAGS: ***TASR (NasDaq)***POLICE BODY-CAMERAS***VIEVU***TASER MONOPOLY Market Insider, by Antonio José Vielma Shares of Taser International plunged 14 percent Monday after the New York Police Department announced last week it would award its body camera contract to Vievu. The five-year NYPD contract is worth $6.4 million with three three-year renewal options, according to public documents. It includes body cameras for 5,000 officers (about 14.5 percent of the force), as ...
Published on October 3 2016 Read more...

(2016-10-03) USA – In swift push for body cameras, Chicago cut contracting corners

http://chicagoreporter.com/in-swift-push-for-body-cameras-chicago-cut-contracting-corners/ TAGS: POLICE BODY CAMERAS, TASER MONOPOLY, COST OF TASER, TASER INC. PR Chicago Reporter, by Jonah Newman By the end of 2018, body cameras will be standard issue for every patrol officer in the city. On a recent Sunday morning, Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson gathered press and top brass to announce that every patrol officer in the city would be equipped with a body camera ...
Published on October 3 2016 Read more...

(2016-10-03) USA – Supreme Court Won’t Review Case Of Mentally Ill Man Who Was Tasered To Death

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/supreme-court-wont-review-case-of-mentally-ill-man-who-was-tasered-to-death_us_57f266fbe4b082aad9bc14f6 TAGS - ***SUPREME COURT***CIVIL RIGHTS***TASERED, THEN DIED***MENTAL ILLNESS***POLICE IMMUNITY*** Huffington Post, by Lawrence Hurley The case could’ve allowed the justices to define the limits of police use of force around tasers. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday let stand a lower court’s ruling that police use of a Taser amounted to unconstitutional excessive force in a case involving a mentally ill man who died after ...
Published on September 29 2016 Read more...

(1958) Kansas Man sues police, Taser over stun gun-induced heart attack

By JIM SUHR Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man is suing an imprisoned police officer convicted of violating his civil rights two years ago, when the officer repeatedly shot him with a stun gun during a traffic stop and gave him a heart attack that he says nearly killed him. Bryce Masters, who was 17 at the time of the September 2014 confrontation ...
Published on September 29 2016 Read more...

(2014-07-13) USA – Former North Carolina sheriff who died in jail was shot with a stun gun

http://myfox8.com/2014/07/13/former-brunswick-county-sheriff-who-died-in-jail-was-shot-with-a-taser/ WILMINGTON, N.C. — A former Brunswick County sheriff who was also a convicted felon died Saturday as he was being held in jail. WWAY-TV reported that Ronald Hewett was shot with a stun gun before he died Saturday afternoon in the New Hanover County Jail. An exact cause of death remains uncertain. It is not clear how much time passed between the use of the stun gun and Hewett’s ...
Published on July 9 2014 Read more...

USA – Sunbury, Pennsylvania: Repeated Taser shots didn’t stop knife attack, police say (2014-07-09)

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Tasered, then shot: Yet another example of how unreliable the taser can be. In an altercation in which 22-year-old Erick Trometter brandished a knife, a police officer first tasers ("repeated taser shots") then shoots him. At press time, he was still in hospital.]] The Daily Item, by Francis Scarcella SUNBURY — Acting Sunbury Police Chief Brad Hare shot a 22-year-old Sunbury man Tuesday on ...
Published on July 8 2014 Read more...

USA – Delray Beach, Florida: Full report details deputy-involved shooting of Anesson Joseph [after being tasered] (2014-07-08)

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Another man tasered then shot. The full report of the shooting death of 28-year-old Anesson Joseph (“a naked attacker, bloody and screaming”) has been released. Police believed he was armed with a weapon, but it was only his keys in his hand. He was tasered but “the taser darts did not impact the moving target … They failed to stop him potentially ...
Published on July 7 2014 Read more...

CANADA – Saskatoon Woman holding knife to own throat disarmed with stun gun (2014-07-07)

[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A case where the taser seems to have been truly beneficial,: Police shocked a woman with a stun gun as she was holding a knife to her own throat Saturday. They tried disarming her before using the taser, but there is no mention of trying to talk her into handing over the knife … ]] The Star Phoenix A Saskatoon police officer shocked a ...
Published on July 7 2014 Read more...

USA – Augusta, Georgia: Family protests stun-gun death case, demands justice outside courthouse (2014-07-07)

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: June 29, 2013: multiple tasering, then cardiac arrest and died. The family of George Harvey, 39 when he died, is holding a protest. He had history of arrests related to cocaine, marijuana and controlled substances, makes his case and life seem “unimportant,” his sister says, demanding that justice be served.]] Augusta Chronicle, by Tracey McManus The family of George Harvey, who died after being ...
Published on July 3 2014 Read more...

USA – William Parisio, Awaiting Trial For Murder Of Warren’s Pamela Schmidt, Found Dead Of Cardiac Dysrhythmia (2014-07-03)

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: An example of the “excited delirium” syndrome being cited where the taser has not been used – this certainly occurs: excited delirium brought on by bath salts. The cause of death for inmate William Parisio, 25, who died in February while awaiting trial for the murder of Warren Township woman Pamela Schmidt, was cardiac dysrhythmia “due to excited delirium and physical restraint,” ...
Published on July 1 2014 Read more...

USA – GlobalShock: Deaths following the taser discharges (1 Jan 2014 – 30 June 2014) (2014-07-01)

Tasered, then died   2014 > 1 July 2014   [[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: This is a list of known deaths in 2014 (up to 1 July) following taser discharges. Excluding the case in bold and italics, 15 deaths have been reported, all male, and all except one in the United States. This six-month total (the equivalent of a 30 year total) is certainly a substantial decline from previous years: ...
Published on June 27 2014 Read more...

USA – Chelsea, Massachusetts man dies after [taser] struggle with police (2014-06-27)

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Another death following taser use. Dominic Graffeo, 56, died after police “tried to subdue him with a taser”, which “he was able to block”. Police were called for “an emotionally disturbed person”. Mr Graffeo had barricaded himself in his room and refused to talk to a crisis negotiator used by the police. But then he was tasered again – in the torso. ...
Published on June 26 2014 Read more...

USA – Hawthorne, California settles civil-rights violation case for $99,000 [+ an earlier $300,000 settlement for tasering an autistic child by the same officer] (2014-06-24)

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Julius Bilbrew was 16 in 2009 when he was tasered sitting on a park-bench with his girl-friend. The City of Hawthorne has just agreed to a $99,000 settlement The same police officer was accused of similar civil-rights violations for using a Taser gun on a 12-year-old autistic teenager in September 2008, for which Hawthorne paid out 1 $300,000 settlement.]] Daily Breeze, by ...
Published on June 24 2014 Read more...

NEW ZEALAND – Taser victim hoping to sue police (2014-06-24)

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Not in in New Zealand are happy about taser use: Mark Smillie was tasered twice by police on Xmas Day 2011 after failing to stop his car. Mr Smillie said the pain he experienced from the taser was hideous, and the worst pain he had ever experienced. The Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) this month found the officer who tasered him used ...
Published on June 23 2014 Read more...

USA – El Paso, Texas police shot and killed unarmed and handcuffed man [and tasered him after he was shot] (2014-06-23)

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Shot-then-tasered. (see video here: he incident occurred more than a year ago.) El Paso Police released video footage Thursday of a police officer shooting and killing unarmed and handcuffed Daniel Saenz, a 37-year-old bodybuilder who was in a prison unit. After he is shot, the officer uses his taser, firing into Saenz' already convulsing body before he and the guard push him ...
Published on June 20 2014 Read more...

USA – Late to the game, New Jersey learns from Taser errors elsewhere (2004-06-20)

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: As tasers (tasercams) get deployed across New Jersey – the last “hold-out” state – they are reported in Camden to have been fire only once when displayed 6 times and “used judiciously”: “when a police officer has the option of either shooting a person or using a Taser, we prefer they use the Taser", the police chief says.]] Newsworks Police in New Jersey have ...