Archive for the '3. IN-DEPTH' Category

USA – Why Taser is paying millions in secret ‘suspect injury or death’ settlements (2013-12-13)

Posted on December 13 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: TASER International says it “doesn’t settle” in liability cases, but this report shopws it has. The company has agreed to pay a total of $2.3 million in settlements to plaintiffs who had sued the company in product liability cases. But most settlements are surrounded by non-disclosure clauses. For years, TASER has battled […]

CANADA – Stunning Divide (2013-11-25)

Posted on November 25 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: IA discussion of some of the problems about tasers … In Canada, according to this post, “the taser is safe to use and poses little threat to the officers wielding them. What safeguards can be put in place to balance the safety of those deploying the weapon and the subjects who are […]

IN-DEPTH: USA – Tasers, Intended As Nonlethal Weapons, Kill Far Too Often (2103-11-04)

Posted on November 4 2013 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A Connecticut Fox-TV reporter raises many of the disturbing issues relating to tasers. Some say taser use has to stop, as in the case of Seth Victor, 40, – and 12 other men in Connecticut – who died in September after he was tasered. West Hartford police are being sued […]

ISRAEL – Knesset: Taser use by police is rising (2013-10-09)

Posted on October 9 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Parliamentary Committee rules that despite large number of civilian complaints, there is still not enough solid research to determine that there are health drawbacks from being tasered. The taser first went into to general police use in 2012. There were 472 instances in which police used a Taser in 2012, over […]

INDEPTH / CANADA : Retired judge [Braidwood] calls for clear taser rules (2013-10-04)

Posted on October 4 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Many important issues raised if tasers are rolled out to frontline officers in Ontario: criteria for using tasers: causing bodily harm or will imminently cause bodily harm (BC), and not just “assaultive behaviour” as in Ontario; taser-training; inquest findings that supposedly advocate more taser use; whether tasers are a method of […]

USA – Death By Taser: So Much For ‘Non-Lethal’ Police Weapons (2013-08-29)

Posted on August 29 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The taser remains a highly controversial weapon: this post describes several issues. On July 14, Zheng Diao, 76, was unable to speak English. As the police perceived Diao attempting the raise the knife to his throat, the police subdued the man with a Taser, causing Diao to fall on his face. […]

BRAZIL – Apesar de críticas, PM fez curso para controlar massas antes de atos no RJ [Despite criticism, Rio military police are still learning how to control demonstrators – including the use of tasers] (2013-08-27)

Posted on August 27 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : (Edited translation from Portuguese; the original text appears below the translation, in italics. A long post. The Rio de Janerio military police are undergoing $7.7 million training in non-lerthal weapons in preparation for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, particularly “Crowd Control and Civil Disorders”, taught by Spanish officers, including tasers – […]

USA – Cincinnati: “Did Taser maker do proper study?”: I-Team (2013-05-17)

Posted on May 17 2013 by admin

  [[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Points out some of several of the most contentious issues in research on tasers … How it was launched with minimal scientific data – with just $14,000 spent on preliminary research – the $21-million stockholders’ payout for inadequate safety studies, the decision of a California judge of $10-million in damages […]

USA – ANALYSIS – Electronic Control Weapons [tasers] – Americans for Effective Law Enforcement Case Summaries (downloaded 2012-05-06)

Posted on May 6 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT: This is background material: a long list list and description  of cases heard before the various US circuit court judges involving tasers: Please refer to the URL for further details.]] Advisory note: Some ECW experts prefer to categorize ECW applications by event descriptions, such as their use on juveniles, the disabled, elderly […]

AUSTRALIA – A history of Tasers in Australia (2012-03-22)

Posted on March 22 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The March 18 death of Laudisio Curti after he was tasered has led to a renewed national debate on the use of tasers in Asutralia. This Australian Broadcasting Company survey points to the deaths already recorded and many other questions of taser abuse by Australian police. Note: This article contains links to […]

ANALYSIS / USA : Poughkeepsie, N.Y. : Neswpaper conducts detailed analysis of taser use (2012-02-20)

Posted on February 20 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A series of four carefully-researched articles in the Poughkeepsie Journal based on data – 467 Taser use reports from 19 local police agencies – obtained through the Freedom of Information Law shows systematic taser abuse by police officers: (1) Blacks are targeted much more often than their numbers in communities would predict; […]

ANALYSIS / USA – Transcript of CBS 60-Minutes: ‘The taser: An officer’s weapon of choice’ (2011-11-13)

Posted on November 13 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS : A transcript of this fine documentary broadcast in November 2011. Includes numerous issues: the “lazy cop syndrome”; taser as the weapon-of-choice; it’s use at traffic stops (5 mph over speed limit); TASER Inc. HQ: “part fortress, part tribute to Star Trek”; generation-gap among police re- taser; the $10-million judgment against TASER following […]

UK – Tasers: ‘If officers have a new toy, they like using it’ (2011-11-09)

Posted on November 9 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS : Tasers are part of the modern police’s arsenal. But how safe are they and why are the guidelines for their use so vague? There have been nearly 9,000 incidents in which UK police deployed Tasers in the six years after they were first trialled in 2003. The frequency … is rising steadily. […]

USA / CANADA – TRUTH-NOT-TASERS – List of the dead after taser use (2011-04-25)

Posted on September 7 2011 by admin

[[ Summary / Comments ]] MAJOR REVISION – 684+ DEAD AFTER TASER USE: April 25, 2011 – MAJOR REVISIONS have been made to the list of North Americans who died after they were tasered – mush higher than figures frequenylt quoted from Amnesty International. Many more have been recorded since this date, but this is […]

UK – Taser stun guns and their use in the UK – English and Welsh police have used Tasers since 2008 despite reports indicating a risk to those with pre-existing conditions

Posted on August 24 2011 by admin

[[ Summary / Comments : General article about tasers in the USA and UK, Including TASER Inc’s defense of munitions – citation of one of the worst abuses: “In 2006, Amy Sheil at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston described how a fit, 28-year-old prisoner had died after getting six Taser shocks, giving […]

USA – Beaufort, North Carolina: Another man allegedly killed by a Taser. The time has come for the law to treat these devices as deadly weapons (2011-07-23)

Posted on July 21 2011 by admin

CORRECTED AND UPDATED–Two stories in one week. That’s what we’ve been treated to by the News & Observer this week. Both deal with alleged Taser deaths. Tasers are electronic guns that shock a subject with an electrical shock. They are commonly used by most law enforcement agencies and apparently are frequently used by officers. Some […]

USA – American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona: Tasers: A force to be reckoned with (2011-06-30)

Posted on June 30 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Contrary to claims by Taser proponents, the frequency of deployment of lethal force has not declined with the advent of Tasers. Criticism of police use of the weapon has mounted around the country. Arizona has not escaped this controversy. Transparency will also promote positive community relations in light of controversy surrounding Taser […]

ANALYSIS / USA – National Institute of Justice : Study of Deaths Following Electro Muscular Disruption [tasering] (2011-05)

Posted on May 31 2011 by admin

 [[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The conclusion of  this semi-definitive NIJ study, undertaken by an independent medical panel, “because many gaps remain in the body of knowledge with respect to the effects of CEDs [tasers]. The panel finds no conclusive medical evidence in the current body of research literature” to indicate the taser kills when used […]

Globalshock: The TASER Monopoly (draft: 2011-05-11)

Posted on May 12 2011 by admin

TASER Inc. is the monopolistic manufacturer of a product in high demand. We examine here two elements: the nature of its monopoly and how this affects pricing. By pkb for GlobalShock: Note this is a first draft 2011-05. TASER International has the monopoly of the supply of stun-gen technology to North American police forces. As […]

USA – Connecticut Experts Wonder Why Police Aren’t Held Responsible For The People Who Die In Taser-Related Deaths (2011-05-04)

Posted on May 8 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: With 9 deaths following the use of the taser in Connecticut since 2006, this article provides a good overview of the contradictions and abuse associated with taser use on one State. Unexplained deaths, Racism, a boy being tasered at school, a man mowing his lawn (“mistaken identity”) and less taser use in […]