• 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 20 2017 Read more...

(2017-09-20) 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 ...
Published on September 13 2017 Read more...

(2017-09-13) CALIFORNIA: San Francisco Renewed push to equip SFPD officers with Tasers met with strong opposition [TAGS: taser embargo // protesting tasers // community groups]

Opponents of a proposal to arm San Francisco police with Tasers turned out in force at a public meeting Tuesday night as The City’s Police Department prepares for another attempt to win approval to use the devices. The meeting at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, the first of two scheduled on the proposal this month, marked the start of what is likely to be a contentious ...
Published on September 13 2017 Read more...

(2017-09-13) CALIFORNIA: No tasers for San Francisco Police Dept [TAGS: taser embargo // public consultation: tasers // police want tasers]

Mario Woods execution by SFPD firing squad on December 2, 2015 made SFPD’s brutal, racist culture apparent for all to see, including the bus full of children on their way home from school who were eyewitnesses, and set in motion a chain of events. In January 2016, Mayor Lee requested the US Department Justice investigate SFPD, Attorney General Loretta Lynch sent her Community Oriented Policing ...
Published on September 13 2017 Read more...

(2017-09-13) MISSISSIPPI officer used stun gun on ‘defiant’ pregnant woman [TAG: pregnant woman tasered]

A Mississippi police officer used a stun gun on a pregnant woman because she wasn't complying with the officer's orders, police said. Aviana White was a passenger in her brother’s car when a Pass Christian police officer pulled him over for speeding and driving without a license Monday morning, according to the Miami Sun Herald. The officer asked to see White’s license so she could drive her ...
Published on September 12 2017 Read more...

(2017-09-12) CALIFORNIA: Prosecutors conclude Long Beach officer acted in self-defense in 2015 fatal shooting of unarmed college student [TAGS: tasered, then shot, then died // police exonerated // official report]

[Death:  Feras Morad  (May 2015} ] NOTE: A 32 page report on this incident by the Los Angeles Justice System Integrity Division (JSID): “Officer-involved shooting of Feras Morad, dated 2 August 2017: http://da.lacounty.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/JSID_OIS_08_2017_Morad.pdf (File 15-0279). The conclusion: “We find there is insufficient evidence to proe beyond a reasonable doubt that office er Hernandez did not act in lawful self-defense and in defense of others” (page 1)   A ...
Published on September 12 2017 Read more...

(2017-09-12) CANADA: Police Taser violent man in downtown Saskatoon [TAGS: appropriate use of taser]

Police said they had to Taser a man who was threatening people and officers in downtown Saskatoon late Monday evening. Officers were called to a business in the 200-block of 3rd Avenue South where a man was reportedly swinging a chair at staff and threatening them with a machete. Witnesses said he left the business, threw a sign through the window of another business and then started ...
Published on September 11 2017 Read more...

(2017-09-11) UK: Officers guilty of misconduct over Adrian McDonald’s death [TAGS: United Kingdom // tasered, then died // police disciplines // autopsy – taser excluded]

[ DEATH:  Adrian, McDonald, 34 (2014) ] Two police officers have been found guilty of misconduct over the death of an arrested man who had been Tasered. Adrian McDonald, 34, died in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, in 2014 after complaining to police of breathing difficulties. Sgt Jason Bromley and Insp Richard Bills, both of Staffordshire Police, were accused of failure in duty of care, although it was found they did ...
Published on September 9 2017 Read more...

(2017-09-11) POLAND: Expert Opinion: Police officers did not kill Stachowiak [original in Polish, below English translation] [TAGS: Poland // tasered, then died // autopsy excludes taser]

[DEATH :  Igor Stachowiak  (May 2016)] Expert opinion of the experts showed that Igor Stachowiak died because of drug use, not the actions of policemen in Wroclaw - unofficially inform the Onet.pl portal. Igor Stachowiak in mid-May last year was detained in the Market Square. According to the officers, he was aggressive and therefore had to use a stun gun. After being transported to the police station, ...
Published on September 9 2017 Read more...

(2017-09-09) NEW ZEALAND: Use of Taser on abusive prisoner not justified, police watchdog finds [TAGS: New Zealand // police disciplined]

A Hamilton court house prisoner who acted in a threatening and abusive manner did not deserved to be tasered, the police watchdog says. Camera footage from the Taser shows that the prisoner was not kicking out or in a position to assault the officers either immediately before or at the time both contact stuns were applied, the Independent Police Conduct Authority has found. In January, the prisoner ...