USA – Electronic Village blog – “125 Taser-Related Deaths in the United States” from January 2009 to Feb 5 2011 (i.e., since the latest Amnesty International figure of 351) (2011-02-12)

Published on March 14 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: “According to Amnesty International, between 2001 and 2008, 351 people in the United States died after being shocked by police Tasers. Our blog has documented 125 taser-related deaths in the United States in 2009-2011.” Each case can be checked by others … Particularly interesting are the race issues – the over-representation of Black Americans in the deaths … and the comments from readers at the end (not included here: see URL)]]

I wonder if anyone cares about the rising use of the taser as a lethal weapon? The folks in Louisiana want us to believe that the taser is a humanitarian tool when used by the police.

I think that something is wrong in America when the police electrocute folks on a WEEKLY basis with their taser arsenal … and the public is mute in its response. Sometimes it takes a lawsuit … like the one recently settled in Ohio … to get the police to cool it.

I encourage you to use our COMMENTS (‘Post a Comment’) option at the bottom of this blog post to let us know what you think about these weekly taser-related killings.

Today we added Robert Ricks (Alexandria, LA) as the 125th taser-related death in America since 2009.

[NOTE: the full list is shown below].

This blog has been pointing out incidents of police taser torture for quite awhile. The work done over the past few years by Patti Gillman and Cameron Ward continue to be the inspiration for our work. Gillman and Ward documented over 530 taser-related deaths in North America on their blog.

According to Amnesty International, between 2001 and 2008, 351 people in the United States died after being shocked by police Tasers. Our blog has documented 125 taser-related deaths in the United States in 2009-2011:

1. Jan 9, 2009: Derrick Jones, 17, Black, Martinsville, Virginia

2. Jan 11, 2009: Rodolfo Lepe, 31, Hispanic, Bakersfield, California

3. Jan 22, 2009: Roger Redden, 52, Caucasian, Soddy Daisy, Tennessee

4. Feb 2, 2009: Garrett Jones, 45, Caucasian, Stockton, California

5. Feb 11, 2009: Richard Lua, 28, Hispanic, San Jose, California

6. Feb 13, 2009: Rudolph Byrd, 37, Black, Thomasville, Georgia

7. Feb 13, 2009: Michael Jones, 43, Black, Iberia, Louisiana

8. Feb 14, 2009: Chenard Kierre Winfield, 32, Black, Los Angeles, California

9. Feb 28, 2009: Robert Lee Welch, 40, Caucasian, Conroe, Texas

10. Mar 22, 2009: Brett Elder, 15, Caucasian, Bay City, Michigan

11. Mar 26, 2009: Marcus D. Moore, 40, Black, Freeport, Illinois

12. Apr 1, 2009: John J. Meier Jr., 48, Caucasian, Tamarac, Florida

13. Apr 6, 2009: Ricardo Varela, 41, Hispanic, Fresno, California

14. Apr 10, 2009: Robert Mitchell, 16, Black, Detroit, Michigan

15. Apr 13, 2009: Craig Prescott, 38, Black, Modesto, California

16. Apr 16, 2009: Gary A. Decker, 50, Black, Tuscon, Arizona

17. Apr 18, 2009: Michael Jacobs Jr., 24, Black, Fort Worth, Texas

18. Apr 30, 2009: Kevin LaDay, 35, Black, Lumberton, Texas

19. May 4, 2009: Gilbert Tafoya, 53, Caucasian, Holbrook, Arizona

20. May 17, 2009: Jamaal Valentine, 27, Black, La Marque, Texas

21. May 23, 2009: Gregory Rold, 37, Black, Salem, Oregon

22. Jun 9, 2009: Brian Cardall, 32, Caucasian, Hurricane, Utah

23. Jun 13, 2009: Dwight Madison, 48, Black, Bel Air, Maryland

24. Jun 20, 2009 Derrek Kairney, 36, Race: Unknown, South Windsor, Connecticut

25. Jun 30, 2009, Shawn Iinuma, 37, Asian, Fontana, California

26. Jul 2, 2009, Rory McKenzie, 25, Black, Bakersfield, California

27. Jul 20, 2009, Charles Anthony Torrence, 35, Caucasion, Simi Valley, California

28. Jul 30, 2009, Johnathan Michael Nelson, 27, Caucasion, Riverside County, California

29. Aug 9, 2009, Terrace Clifton Smith, 52, Black, Moreno Valley, California

30. Aug 12, 2009, Ernest Ridlehuber, 53, Race: Unknown, Greenville, South Carolina

31. Aug 14, 2009, Hakim Jackson, 31, Black, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

32. Aug 18, 2009, Ronald Eugene Cobbs, 38, Black, Greensboro, North Carolina

33. Aug 20, 2009, Francisco Sesate, 36, Hispanic, Mesa, Arizona

34. Aug 22, 2009, T.J. Nance, 37, Race: Unknown, Arizona City, Arizona

35. Aug 26, 2009, Miguel Molina, 27, Hispanic, Los Angeles, California

36. Aug 27, 2009, Manuel Dante Dent, 27, Hispanic, Modesto, California

37. Sep 3, 2009, Shane Ledbetter, 38, Caucasian, Aurora, Colorado

38. Sep 16, 2009, Alton Warren Ham, 45, Caucasian, Modesto, California

39. Sep 19, 2009, Yuceff W. Young II, 21, Black, Brooklyn, Ohio

40. Sep 21, 2009, Richard Battistata, 44, Hispanic, Laredo, Texas

41. Sep 28, 2009, Derrick Humbert, 38, Black, Bradenton, Florida

42. Oct 2, 2009, Rickey Massey, 38, Black, Panama City, Florida

43. Oct 12, 2009, Christopher John Belknap, 36, Race: Unknown, Ukiah, California

44. Oct 16, 2009, Frank Cleo Sutphin, 19, Caucasian, San Bernadino, California

45. Oct 27, 2009, Jeffrey Woodward, 33, Caucasian, Gallatin, Tennessee

46. Nov 13, 2009, Herman George Knabe, 58, Caucasian, Corpus Christi, Texas

47. Nov 14, 2009, Darryl Bain, 43, Black, Coram, New York

48. Nov 16, 2009, Matthew Bolick, 30, Caucasian, East Grand Rapids, Michigan

49. Nov 19, 2009, Jesus Gillard, 61, Black, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

50. Nov 21, 2009, Ronald Petruney, 49, Race: Unknown, Washington, Pennsylvania

51. Nov 27, 2009, Eddie Buckner, 53, Caucasian, Chattanooga, Tennessee

52. Dec 11, 2009, Andrew Grande, 33, Caucasian, Oak County, Florida

53. Dec 11, 2009, Hatchel Pate Adams III, 36, Black, Hampton, Virginia

54. Dec 11, 2009, Paul Martin Martinez, 36, Hispanic, Roseville, California

55. Dec 13, 2009, Douglas Boucher, 39, Caucasian, Mason, Ohio

56. Dec 14, 2009, Linda Hicks, 62, Black, Toledo, Ohio

57. Dec 19, 2009, Preston Bussey III, 41, Black, Rockledge, Florida

58. Dec 20, 2009, Michael Hawkins, 39, Caucasian, Springfield, Missouri

59. Dec 30, 2009, Stephen Palmer, 47, Race: Unknown, Stamford, Connecticut

60. Jan 6, 2010, Delano Smith, 21, Black, Elkhart, Indiana

61. Jan 17, 2010, William Bumbrey III, 36, Black, Arlington, Virginia

62. Jan 20, 2010, Kelly Brinson, 45, Race: Unknown, Cincinnati, Ohio

63. Jan 27, 2010, Joe Spruill, Jr., Black, Goldsboro, North Carolina

64. Jan 28, 2010, Patrick Burns, 50, Caucasian, Sangamon County, Illinois

65. Jan 28, 2010, Daniel Mingo, 25, Black, Mobile, Alabama

66. Feb 4, 2010, Mark Morse, 36, Caucasian, Phoenix, Arizona

67. Mar 4, 2010, Roberto Olivo, 33, Hispanic, Tulare, California

68. Mar 5, 2010, Christopher Wright, 48, Race: Unknown, Seattle, Washington

69. Mar 10, 2010, Jaesun Ingles, 31, Black, Midlothian, Illinois

70. Mar 10, 2010, James Healy Jr., 44, Race: Unknown, Rhinebeck, New York

71. Mar 20, 2010, Albert Valencia, 31, Hispanic, Downey, California

72. Apr 10, 2010, Daniel Joseph Barga, 24, Caucasian, Cornelius, Oregon

73. Apr 30, 2010, Adil Jouamai, 32, Moroccan, Arlington, Virginia

74. May 9, 2010, Audreacus Davis, 29, Black, Atlanta, Georgia

75. May 14, 2010, Sukeba Olawunmi, 39, Race: Unknown, Atlanta, Georgia

76. May 24, 2010, Efrain Carrion, 35, Hispanic, Middletown, Connecticut

77. May 27, 2010, Carl Johnson, 48, Caucasian, Baltimore, Maryland

78. May 29, 2010, Jose Martinez, 53, Hispanic, Waukegan, Illinois

79. May 31, 2010, Anastasio Hernández Rojas, 42, Hispanic, San Ysidro, California

80. Jun 8, 2010, Terrelle Houston, 22, Black, Hempstead, Texas

81. Jun 12, 2010, Curtis Robinson, 34, Black, Albuquerque, New Mexico

82. Jun 13, 2010, William Owens, 17, Race: Unknown, Homewood, Alabama

83. Jun 14, 2010, Jose Alfredo Jimenez, 42, Hispanic, Harris County, Texas

84. Jun 15, 2010, Michael White, 47, Black, Vallejo, California

85. Jun 22, 2010, Daniel Sylvester, 35, Caucasian, Crescent City, California

86. July 5, 2010, Damon Falls, 31, Black, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

87. July 5, 2010, Edmund Gutierrez, 22, Hispanic, Imperial, California

88. July 8, 2010, Phyllis Owens, 87, Race: Unknown, Clackamas County, Oregon

89. July 9, 2010, Marvin Booker, 56, Race: Black, Denver, Colorado

90. July 12, 2010, Anibal Rosario-Rodriguez, 61, Hispanic, New Britain, Connecticut

91. July 15, 2010, Jerome Gill, Race: Unknown, Chicago, Illinois

92. July 18, 2010, Edward Stephenson, 46, Race: Unknown, Leavenworth, Kansas

93. July 23, 2010, Jermaine Williams, 30, Black, Cleveland, Mississippi

94. Aug 1, 2010, Dennis Sandras, 49, Race: Unknown, Houma, Louisiana

95. Aug 9, 2010, Andrew Torres, 39, Hispanic, Greenville, South Carolina

96. Aug 18, 2010, Martin Harrison, 50, Caucasian, Dublin, California

97. Aug 19, 2010, Adam Disalvo, 30, Caucasian, Daytona Beach, Florida

98. Aug 20, 2010, Stanley Jackson, 31, Black, Washtenaw County, Michigan

99. Aug 24, 2010, Michael Ford, 50, Black, Livonia, Michigan

100. Aug 25, 2010, Eduardo Hernandez-Lopez, 21, Hispanic, Las Vegas, Nevada

101. Aug 31, 2010, King Hoover, 27, Black, Spanaway, Washington

102. Sep 4, 2010, Adam Colliers, 25, Caucasian, Gold Bar, Washington

103. Sep 10, 2010, Larry Rubio, 20, Race: Unknown, Leemore, California

104. Sep 12, 2010, Freddie Lockett, 30, Black, Dallas, Texas

105. Sep 16, 2010, Gary L. Grossenbacher, 48, Race: Unknown, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

106. Sep 18, 2010, David Cornelius Smith, 28, Black, Minneapolis, Minnesota

107. Sep 18, 2010, Joseph Frank Kennedy, 48, Caucasian, La Mirada, California

108. Oct 4, 2010, Javon Rakestrau, 28, Black, Lafayette Parish, Louisiana

109. Oct 7, 2010, Patrick Johnson, 18, Caucasian, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

110. Oct 12, 2010, Ryan Bain, 31, Caucasian, Billings, Montana

111. Oct 14, 2010, Karreem Ali, 65, Black, Silver Spring, Maryland

112. Oct 19, 2010, Troy Hooftallen, 36, Caucasian, Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania

113. Nov 4, 2010, Eugene Lamott Allen, 40, Race: Unknown, Wilmington, Delaware

114. Nov 6, 2010, Robert Neill, Jr., 61, Caucasian, Mount Joy, Pennsylvania

115. Nov 7, 2010, Mark Shaver, 32, Caucasian, Brimfield, Ohio

116. Nov 23, 2010, Denevious Thomas, 36, Black, Albany, Georgia

117. Nov 26, 2010, Rodney Green, 36, Black, Waco, Texas

118. Nov 27, 2010, Blaine McElroy, 37, Race: Unknown, Jackson County, Mississippi

119. Dec 2, 2010, Clayton Early James, Age: Unknown, Race: Unknown, Elizabeth City, North Carolina

120. Dec 11, 2010, Anthony Jones, 44, Race: Unknown, Las Vegas, Nevada

121. Dec 12, 2010, Linel Lormeus, 26, Black, Naples, Florida

122. Dec 20, 2010, Christopher Knight, 35, Black, Brunswick, Georgia

123. Dec 31, 2010, Rodney Brown, 40, Black, Cleveland, Ohio

124. Jan 5, 2011, Kelly Sinclair, 41, Race: Unknown, Amarillo, Texas

125. Feb 5, 2011, Robert Ricks, 23, Black, Alexandria, Louisiana

You can see that we don’t know the race or national origin (RNO) for Kelly Brinson, Jerome Gill, Gary Grossenbacher, James Healy Jr., Clayton Early James, Anthony Jones, Derrek Kariney, T.J. Nance, Phyllis Owens, William Owens, Stephen Palmer, Earnest Ridlehuber, Sukeba Olawunmi, Ronald Petruney, Larry Rubio, Dennis Sandras, Edward Stephenson or Christopher Wright. We can use some research assistance from villagers to help us identify the RNO for these folks who died after being electrocuted by police taser guns.

We track the RNO information because we sense that these taser-related deaths are happening at a disproportionate level to people of color.

For example, we see that at least 49 (48 men and a 62-year old woman) of these taser-torture killings occurred against African Americans. Black people are only 13% of the total population, yet 39% of the 2009-2010 taser-related deaths in America are Black people.

At last count, there are more than 514,000 Tasers among law enforcers and the military nationwide. Tasers are now deployed in law enforcement agencies in 29 of the 33 largest U.S. cities. Some states, such as New Jersey, are loosening up their rules for taser use. Other states, like Delaware, seek to justify taser use in spite of rising death toll.

However, the tide may be turning. As taser-related deaths and injuries have continued to rise (as well as the amount of Taser litigation), many departments are starting to abandon the weapon in favor of other means of suspect control. Currently, Memphis, Tennessee, San Francisco, California, and Las Vegas, Nevada have opted to ban the use of tasers by law enforcement.

South Carolina is beginning to question its use of tasers. Additionally, a federal court has ruled that the pain inflicted by the taser gun constitutes excessive force by law enforcement. The courts don’t want police to electrocute people with their tasers unless they pose an immediate threat.

Perhaps the idea of an electric rifle made sense when it was first invented. “Taser” refers to an electrical weapon trademarked by the Scottsdale, Arizona-based company known as Taser International. The word Taser stands for “Tom A. Swift Electrical Rifle.”

The Taser was developed by Jack Cover, a contract scientist on NASA’s Apollo moon program in the 1960s. Inspired by his favorite childhood book series – Victor Appleton’s Tom Swift – Cover drew up plans for a non-lethal weapon like the one the series’ main character used.

In 1993, Rick and Tim Smith, who launched Taser International, worked with Cover to improve his design and introduced the device the next year. Since then, use of the word Taser has became part of the common American language.

However, we now see too much taser abuse. First available to law enforcement in February 1998, now used by more than 14,200 law enforcement agencies in more than 40 countries. More than 406,000 taser guns have been sold since the product hit the market. It may be time for congressional hearings.

Some tell us that tasers are making America safer. Police kill about 600 people per year in shootings. So what?! Should we be we be happy that they are ONLY killing people once-a-week with taser guns?

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http://electronicvillage.blogspot.com/2009/05/taser-related-deaths-in-united-states.html

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