Archive for the 'Australia' Category

AUSTRALIA – Review of police lockup Taser ban (2014-06-04)

Posted on June 4 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Should tasers be used in prison-cells (“lock-ups”) ? The aboriginal community says No” – particularly since were two police officers were given suspended jail sentences for assaulting Kevin Spratt who was tasered 13 times at the East Perth Watch House in 2008. But police are arguing for their re-introduction: tasers would be […]

AUSTRALIA – Man arrested for importing 6,000 weapons, including [generic not TASER Inc.] Tasers disguised as iPhones (2014-05-01)

Posted on May 1 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Generic tasers, most imported from China, are widely used by criminals. A Police officer syas: “We’re seeing a recurrence of those weapons on the streets most recently…They’ve been around for a long time internationally and in different disguises” … ]] ABC – Australia More than 6,000 illegal weapons have been seized at […]

AUSTRALIA – Tasers rolled out across country Victoria (2104-04-24)

Posted on April 24 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Wider rollout of tasers in Victoria: Officers in all 24-hour stations in country Victoria will get Tasers after police trialled the devices in six major regional centres, mostly in cases of people either on drugs or alcohol or with mental illness or a combination of factors trying to do harm to themselves […]

AUSTRALIA – Tasers rolled out across country Victoria (2104-04-24)

Posted on April 21 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Wider rollout of tasers in Victoria: Officers in all 24-hour stations in country Victoria will get Tasers after police trialled the devices in six major regional centres, mostly in cases of people either on drugs or alcohol or with mental illness or a combination of factors trying to do harm to themselves […]

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

Posted on April 15 2014 by admin

[[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: “ has been in New Zealand since 2009 and has expanded its data-center deployments on Amazon Web Services to Dublin, Ireland; São Paulo, Brazil; […]

AUSTRALIA – Queensland: State Police Minister Jack Dempsey confirms police may soon be wearing surveillance gear (2014-03-24)

Posted on March 24 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Queensland Police are expected to have body-worn video cameras under a plan being considered, although this will be very expensive. A 2011 review – which was only released under Freedom of Information statutes – found Taser Cams were operationally ineffective, but recommended investigating body-worn cameras to record all use-of-force incidents after an […]

AUSTRALIA – Can Stun Guns Cause Cardiac Arrest? (2014-03-19)

Posted on March 19 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : While there is nothing really new here, but the author very usefully describes the precise cardiac disturbances caused by the taser, bringing a new audience to Dr Douglas Zipes 2012 research, demonstrating in 8 cases that the taser induced heart failure, also discussing TASER Inc.’s reaction and Amnesty International’s in opposing […]

AUSTRALIA – Mental health training introduced for New South Wales police working on the frontline (2014-02-24)

Posted on February 24 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: In the light of the rise of confrontation with people suffering from mental health problems, frontline police officers in New South Wales will be given training on how to handle incidents involving such people. Although this will involve only a full-day course, it is a step in the right direction. “If a […]

AUSTRALIA – Queensland: Indigenous community demand answers and promise to protest over Sheila Oakley being tasered (2014-02-17)

Posted on February 17 2014 by admin

[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Protesters say they will march on Logan police again this Saturday and every Saturday until some answers into how a local indigenous Woodridge woman, Sheila Oakle, who is participating in the protest, was tasered in the eye are given. Meanwhile, Ms Oakley had returned to hospital yesterday for more surgery to her […]

AUSTRALIA – Queensland: Protesters stage anti-Taser rally in Logan after Sheila Oakley blinded in one eye (2014-02-16)

Posted on February 16 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Indigenous community leaders say Queensland Police have inflamed tensions in Logan City by turning up at an anti-Taser protest armed with Tasers. More than 100 people marched to Logan Police Station after Sheila Oakley was blinded in one eye after being tasered by an officer earlier this month. Ms Oakley, 36, was […]

AUSTRALIA – Taser-clad police turn up to anti-taser protest (2014-02-15)

Posted on February 15 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Tasers to oppose those opposed to tasers? Supporters of a Logan woman who was blinded in one eye after being tasered marched on the local police station on Saturday demanding justice for Sheila Oakley. Ms Oakley, 36, led the march.]] Brisbane Times and Sun-Herald, by Cameron Atfield Supporters of a Logan woman […]

AUSTRALIA – New South Wales Police Taser woman in the eye (2014-02-07)

Posted on February 7 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A woman loses an eye from tasering by police last Thursday. A police spokeswoman said the woman became aggressive towards officers, one of whom – a taser trainer and described as “a very experienced senior constable” –  then used his stun gun.]] Brisbane Times, by Natalie Bochenski A Logan woman who […]

AUSTRALIA – Woman blinded in one eye after being tasered by police officer (2014-02-07)

Posted on February 7 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: (see video here) Sheila Oakley, 36, an aboriginal woman, was tasered in the eye by the officer at her home near Brisbane yesterday, who was a highly experienced Taser trainer. He continued to arrest her with the taser dart in her eye. Ms Oakley was intoxicated and admits she held a stick […]

AUSTRALIA – Perth: Stun gun ‘no compliance tool’ for cops (2014-01-15)

Posted on January 26 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Stun guns must not be used by police officers simply to make people obey their instructions, a Taser expert attached to the WA Police academy told Perth Magistrate’s Court yesterday. He was giving evidence at the trial of two officers charged with assault over their use of Tasers on Kevin Spratt at […]

AUSTRALIA – Two police officers who repeatedly tasered a man at the city watch house have gone on trial in Perth (2014-01-13)

Posted on January 13 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Two police officers are on trial, facing a total of seven charges of assaulting Kevin Spratt after he was arrested in August 2008. The officers repeatedly tasered Mr Spratt after he refused to go to a cell to be strip searched. Prosecutors says their actions were patently in breach of police guidelines […]

AUSTRALIA – Blacktown, New South Wales: Protest over use of taser on teen as magistrate dismisses charges (2103-11-22)

Posted on November 22 2013 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The use of a stun gun by six police officers to arrest a teenager. Einpwi Amon, 17, at a train station has shocked people, sparking local activists to organise a protest rally against the actions. Einpwi Amom, 17 at the time of arrest in June, was running from police who […]

(2013-11-21) AUSTRALIA: Police use of stun guns under renewed scrutiny after CCTV shows teenager being tasered [[teenager tasered // excessive force]]

Posted on November 21 2013 by admin

(See video here) An unarmed Sudanese-Australian teenager, 17-yr-old Einpwi Amom, was tasered while handcuffed and surrounded by six officers in Sydney. He had allegedly sworn at police and run away. He had fallen and knocked himself unconscious, then started running. When officers bring the teenager to his feet he resists and, as commuters look on, an officer fires his Taser at the already-handcuffed teenager. As Mr Amom writhes in pain, an officer says: “If you resist again, you’ll be tasered again.” – A child’s court judge rules that all charges against Mr Amom be dropped, and civil libertarian lawyers point to abusive taser use.

AUSTRALIA – Queensland Man falls on knife after police Taser him (2013-10-18)

Posted on October 18 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : An unnamed armed man fell on his own knife after being Tasered in Queensland last night, police said. He was allegedly holding a knife and threatening to harm the police. An officer shot him with a Taser and he fell over, stabbing himself with the blade. His life is not reported […]

AUSTRALIA – Queensland: Eleven arrested after Aurukun riot [following police use of taser] (2103-10-01)

Posted on October 1 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Police used a Taser on a man late on Monday afternoon, prompting a riot in the tiny Aboriginal community of Aurukun community in Queensland. The settlement of about 1000 people erupted after the incident, with a large number of people forcing officers to retreat to the police station compound.]] Brisbane Times, […]

AUSTRALIA – Crime and Misconduct Commission review finds Queensland police using tasers appropriately (2013-09-16)

Posted on September 16 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC) review of 123 cases of multiple or prolonged taser use between September 2009 and December last year has found no evidence of inappropriate taser use by Queensland police. Multiple or prolonged taser deployments (6-15 seconds) account for about a third of all instances and were […]