• 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 April 20 2014 Read more...

USA – Another Death in Connecticut Prompts Another Call for Taser Regulation [List of Connecticut deaths following taser] (2014-04-14)

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The Connecticut ACLU protests the latest – the 14th since 2005 – Connecticut death following the use of taser. The deaths are listed in this post. Meanwhile, “the legislature needs to pass clear, consistent guidelines for Taser training and deployment, along with reporting requirements, in order to minimize the risk to civilians.”]] ACLU Connecticut Another person has died after being Tasered by police in ...
Published on April 19 2014 Read more...

USA – Highland County, Florida: Tasers help save lives, law enforcement officials say (2104-04-19)

[[SUMMARY / COMMETNS: Law enforcement agencies in Highlands County said the Taser Model X26 and other Taser models have helped save lives by providing a less deadly alternative than firearms. The police chief says: “the officer having the weapon often is enough to resolve the situation. For the most part, the mere presence of the Taser quells the majority of disturbances," Typically, law enforcement agencies ...
Published on April 17 2014 Read more...

CANADA – Edmonton, Alberta: Family of man who died in custody after being Tasered sues the Edmonton Police Service ((2014-04-17)

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The Edmonton Police Service is being sued for $150,000 by the family of Jeffrey Tyler Oatway, 34, who died after being Tasered in the holding cells of police headquarters on April 11, 2012. The police are accused of “battery and negligence” “At least one of the EPS members used a Taser on Jeffrey while he was handcuffed and had his legs tied ...
Published on April 17 2014 Read more...

USA – Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating fatal officer-involved Taser shooting (2014-04-17)

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: On 11 April 2014, Gregory Towns tasered then dies in Georgia - Police confirmed Mr Towns was stunned with a Taser more than once, but he said he was not prepared to say how many times. “Mr. Towns developed medical difficulties and was taken to Atlanta Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.” The medical examiner’s report is not yet available, ...
Published on April 16 2014 Read more...

USA – East Hartford, Connecticut: Cause of Death Pending for Man Police Shocked With Stun Gun (2014-04-15)

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Jose Maldonado, 22, from Manchester, deid after he was tasered by police. The cause of his death has not been determined and is pending further study, according to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. State police are continuing to investigate. The NAACP held a news conference at the East Hartford Police Station to renew the call for statewide regulation of law ...
Published on April 16 2014 Read more...

UK – Avon & Somerset police footing biggest ever compensation bill after unlawful arrests and false imprisonment [including taser abuse](2014-04-16)

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Settlement for taser abuse may not be very high by US standards, but they are increasingly part of the “cost” of taser deployment in the UK.]] Western Gazette False imprisonment, unlawful arrests, the use of excessive force, compensation resulting from the use of a Taser, and dog bites are all among the successful claims made against Avon & Somerset Police. The claims have seen the ...
Published on April 15 2014 Read more...

UK – TASER International, Inc. Lands London Police Contract (2014-04-15)

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: In a TASER press release, we read that the London Metropolitan is about to start trialling 500 TASER International of AXON on-body wearable video cameras. TASER CEO says: "EVIDENCE.com has been in New Zealand since 2009 and has expanded its data-center deployments on Amazon Web Services to Dublin, Ireland; São Paulo, Brazil; and Sydney, Australia." Says TASER CEO; Rick Smith. This will ...
Published on April 15 2014 Read more...

USA – Phoenix, Arizona: Video: ‘Crazed man dies after resisting TASER, attacking cops’ (2014-04-15)

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: (See video here) A post from the police PoliceOne website shows that continued use of a taser against a man - 38-year-old Edward Michael Caruth – after he was handcuffed. A TASER was deployed multiple times, but did not stop him, failed initially to subdue him, after the TASER was deployed multiple times Mr Caruth was treated for injuries at the scene, ...
Published on April 14 2014 Read more...

USA – Cameras on cops: Coming to a town near you (2014-04-14)

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: (No direct mention opf TASER International here.) Body-worn cameras are “ground-breaking”, a “wave of the future” according to Rialto’s chief of police. Los Angeles and New York City are currently testing them. The cameras are said to aid in evidence-gathering at the scene of a crime, and they create a record of officers' behavior, providing a check on unnecessary force and abuses ...
Published on April 14 2014 Read more...

USA – Another Connecticut Death Prompts Another Call for Taser Regulation (2014-04-14)

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS: ACLU Connecticut reports a 14th known death - José Maldonado, 22, of Manchester  - since 2005 in the state following taser use. See list in this post. The ACLU calls for statewide regulations of how police use electronic weapons.]] ACLU Connecticut Another person has died after being Tasered by police in Connecticut, bringing the number to at least 14 and prompting another call ...