Archive for the 'Switzerland' Category

SWITZERLAND – Pas de taser pour la police valaisanne [No tasers the Valais cantonal police] (2014-05-08)

Posted on May 8 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: a brief article: Valais is a canton in southern Switzerland (pop. 320,000): its parliament has just voted – by 52-51 – NOT to provide cantonal police with tasers. Opponents pointed to its potential dangers.]] Le Nouvelliste Le Parlement valaisan refuse de justesse que les policiers du canton soient équipés de pistolets à […]

SWITZERLAND – Access to tasers by the Swiss police (2013-09-09 – date downloaded)

Posted on September 9 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : This article reports the taser is part of the weaponry of c. 10 cantonal police units, although no information is provided here os how many tasers have been issued or their actual use. (From wikipedia in German: see German original below the edited google-translation.)]] The X-26 TASER in the police version […]

SWITZERLAND – Stadtpolizisten setzten Taser gegen eine verwirrte Seniorin ein [Zurich City police used a Taser against a confused senior citizen (in 2006)] (2103-08-31)

Posted on August 31 2013 by admin

SWITZERLAND – Stadtpolizisten setzten Taser gegen eine verwirrte Seniorin ein. [Zurich City police used a Taser against a confused senior citizen [in 2006]]] (2103-08-31) [[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : In 2006, the Zurich police used a Taser against a confused 66-yr-old confused senior citizen, so she could be transferred to a hospital. The psychiatrist representing the […]

SWITZERLAND – Zurich: Der Taser ist verantwortbar [Zurich: Deploying the taser is appropriate] (2013-08-25)

Posted on August 25 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: (This post – translated through google-translate – see original German text below in italics) was found on the site of TASER (Germany, Switzerland and Austria): 130 police officer in different units in the Canton of Zurich have been issued with tasers. The skepticism about how harmful taser may be is justified – […]

SWITZERLAND – La police zurichoise renforce son équipement en tasers [Zurich Police getting more tasers] (2013-08-25)

Posted on August 25 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The Zurich cantonal police will have greater access to tasers (130 officers are trained, 430 more are to be trained). They’ve had tasers and, says a spokesperson: “In many cases the taser has replaced a firearm”, the taser being used 5 or 10 times a year only, mostly against suspects holding […]

SWITZERLAND – Berne : La police maîtrise le guérisseur avec un taser [The police subdue a “healer” with a taser] (2013-08-15)

Posted on August 15 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : An appropriate use of a taser …. Following a complicated stand-off with a “healer” who barricaded himself inside a house and showed himself armed with a samurai and a knife, the Berne elite police unit used a taser. (He had been accused of transmitting AIDS to at least 16 people between […]

SWITZERLAND – La police a recouru 18 fois au taser en 2011 [The Swiss Police used the taser 18 times in 2011] (2012-02-10)

Posted on February 10 2012 by admin

 [[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The cantonal – roughly “municipal” – police used tasers 18 times in 2011, up from 15 times in 2010. It was introduced in 2003. For the national police it has been avalable since 2009. Nearly all cantonal police now have one, a senior police official said yesterday: those targeted had either […]

SWITZERLAND – Electronic control device exposure: a review of morbidity and mortality (2011-08-31)

Posted on August 31 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Independent research by Swiss doctors: Inb reviewing the literature, authors conclude: electronic control devices could have deleterious effects when used in the field, in particular if persons receive multiple exposures, are intoxicated, show signs of “excited delirium,” or present with medical comorbidities. The controversy about its safety, notably in potentially high-risk […]

SWITZERLAND – Electronic control device exposure: a review of morbidity and mortality.(2011-08-31)

Posted on August 11 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A scientific review article of tasers by Swiss emergency surgeons. The principal finding: “A single exposure of an electronic control device on healthy individuals can be assumed to be generally safe, according to 23 prospective human experimental studies and numerous volunteer exposures. In case series, however, electronic control devices could have […]

SWITZERLAND – Taser use sanctioned by government (2011-02-16)

Posted on February 16 2011 by admin

[[GlobalShock: A “government report says that tasers have been used 52 times over the past eight years – in 42 of the cases the Taser was fired at a person, and in the other ten the person gave themselves up to the police when threatened with the weapon. Tasers have been part of the arsenal […]

FRANCE / SWITZERLAND / THAILAND – Six Lyonnais arrêtés en Suisse en possession de 42 Taser [Swiss police arrest 6 people from Lyon (France) leaving country with 42 tasers] (2011-02-03)

Posted on February 3 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: On 3 February the Swiss police arrest 6 men aged 20-25 from Lyon in France leaving Geneva by train with 42 tasers “42 pistolets à impulsions électriques Taser” (and masks of Ben Laden & Lenin and “Scream” !). The tasers were, according to the Swiss border police purchased in Thailand in a […]

SWITZERLAND – UN Committee against Torture this morning hears response of Switzerland (2010-05-03)

Posted on May 3 2010 by admin

The Committee against Torture this morning heard the response of Switzerland to questions raised by Committee Experts on the sixth periodic report of that country on how it is implementing the provisions of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. Responding to a series of questions raised by the […]

GERMANY – ‘Non-lethal Weapons’ Tackle Protests Against Globalisation (2009-10-26)

Posted on October 26 2009 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS: The IPS left-wing news agency reports that Germany with 3 other European governments is arming their police forces with a new range of “non-lethal weapons” to put down protests against globalisation, and among immigrants. Former German police officials publicly praise use of Taser stun guns against demonstrators as harmless yet efficient. So far […]

SWITZERLAND – Le taser débarque en Suisse romande (The taser come to the canton of Suisse Romand) (2009-04-22)

Posted on April 22 2009 by admin

Le Matin, Dominique Botti e La police genevoise a ajouté trois Taser à son arsenal. Une première en Suisse romande. D’autres cantons pourraient suivre Cette fois, c’est fait. Après Berne, Bâle, Zurich et Lucerne, le pistolet à impulsion électrique passe le Röstigraben et s’installe à Genève. Trois Taser sont utilisés, depuis hier, par les Robocops […]

SWITZERLAND – Geneva first canton in French-speaking Switzerland to acquire Taser stun guns (2009-04-22)

Posted on April 11 2009 by admin

Georgian gangs behind rise in Geneva burglaries … EXCERPT: The Geneva force also announced on Monday that it had become the first canton in French-speaking Switzerland to acquire Taser stun guns. In all, it has purchased three Taser stun guns that would be used by trained officers in “exceptional” circumstances, such as during a prison […]

SWITZERLAND – Swiss police can use stun guns instead of regular arms (2008-12-31)

Posted on December 31 2008 by admin


SWITZERLAND – Swiss parliament approves use of Tasers in deportations (2008-03-19)

Posted on March 19 2008 by admin

In brief: Swiss parliament adopts a law while Amnesty Switzerland said it “believes Parliament’s decision to allow the use of Tasers when deporting foreigners as scandalous and unworthy of our country”.

SWITZERLAND – Le Parlement autorise les pistolets à électrochocs (Swiss parliament authorizes use of tasers) (2008-03-18)

Posted on March 18 2008 by admin

In brief : Despite much opposition, both chambers of the Swiss parliament approved use of tasers against « recalcitrant » foreigners who are being expelled from Switzerland. The Upper Chamber had three times rejected this bill (in complex Swiss legislative procedures).

SWITZERLAND – Quand un député suisse se fait tirer dessus au Taser (A Swiss MP volunteers to be tasered) (2007-11-28)

Posted on November 18 2007 by admin

In brief- Extreme-right deputy Yvan Perrin agrees to be tasered : « extremely painful but very effective » he tells journalists at a press confrenrece in France

SWITZERLAND – Swiss discuss use of “torture” weapon (2007-11-26)

Posted on November 11 2007 by admin