Archive for the 'UK (including Northern Ireland)' Category

UK – Increase in the police use of Tasers against children in Thames Valley (2014-06-16)

Posted on June 16 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Are English police abusing their authority in tasering children under 18? Tasers have been deployed against under-18s in the Thames Valley region (population: 2.3 million) 11 times since 2009 – six times in 2013 alone, the highest number in six years. This includes in “drive-stun” mode (to induce pain). Most of these […]

UK – London Taser Statistics (2014-05-15)

Posted on May 15 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: This post contains an interactive map showing taser use statistics by borough in the City of London, distinguishing 7 ways in which the taser is used: Drawn: Removed from holster. Aimed: Pointed at subject.Red Dot: Pointed at subject with red dot laser sight active so that red dot appears on subject. Arced: […]

UK – 500 London police officers will be equipped with Taser wearable cameras from today (2014-05-07)

Posted on May 7 2014 by admin

[[London Metropolitan Police have started a trial with 500 TASER Axon video cameras, top help with more difficult cases and “provide clearer evidence when its been alleged that we got things wrong. That has to be in both our own and the public’s interest.” The captured footage is sent via Bluetooth to a smartphone (iOS […]

UK – Tory London councillor sparks controversy after calling for police to taser aggressive drunks (2014-04-29)

Posted on April 29 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A conservative London councillor calls for taser creep: the police should deploy Taser guns on aggressive drunks. Camden council said Mr Bucknall’s views did not reflect those of the local authority… ]] London Evening Standard, by James Watt A London councillor has sparked controversy by calling for police to deploy Taser guns […]

USA – TASER showcases new technology at international gathering of police officers (2014-04-29)

Posted on April 29 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Third “Tech summit” to promote TASER body-worn cameras at the TASER HQ in Scottsdale, Arizona on 5-6 June 2014. More than 100 police officers from across the U.S. and the United Kingdom attended, according to TASER. Four such “summits” are planned each year. Taser estimates $2,555 is spent per officer on legal […]

UK – Officers’ Taser use justified on suicidal Scottish man (2014-04-24)

Posted on April 24 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Professor John McNeil was threatening to commit suicide. The Acottish Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC) as satisfied that, despite the fact the behaviour of the man resulted in an injury, police were justified in using the less lethal weapon to control and disarm him. He was taken to hospital for treatment […]

UK – Sussex Police Officer suspended over ‘Taser threat’ (2014-04-16)

Posted on April 16 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A police officer has been suspended while he is being investigated. for allegedly threatening to shoot a “drunk and unruly” hospital patient with a Taser. Police receive four-days training in taser use. Police spokesperson: “This includes tactical and handling assessments and is designed to test decision making under pressure.”]] news.yahoo.com A police […]

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

Posted on April 16 2014 by admin

[[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 […]

UK – Amnesty International blasts police taser use (2014-04-15)

Posted on April 15 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Amnesty International UK’s arms programme director has called tasers to be banned from use in police cells: “Tasers should not be used in custody cells as the subject is already under effective control and in custody. Using a Taser on someone who is already under effective control could amount to cruel and […]

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: “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; […]

UK – Independent Police Complaints Commission makes recommendations to force after investigations into use of Taser in custody cells (2014-04-14)

Posted on April 13 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Two incidents in Lancashire in July and September 2013 involved Taser being used by officers attempting to carry out strip searches, and led to complaints by the detainees. Although the investigations found that the use of Taser could be justified in both instances, there were some areas of concern highlighted by the […]

UK – Wiltshire Police defend Taser use increase (2014-04-11)

Posted on April 11 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Taser use by Police in the South of England has more than doubled between 2012 and 2013 according to the latest figures released by the Home Office. The Wiltshire Police Chief says this is because the Taser is an effective way of controlling dangerous or threatening offenders. With more Taser trained officers […]

UK – Police Taser use doubles across southern England (2014-04-08)

Posted on April 8 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Taser use by police forces in the south of England has more than doubled between 2012 and 2013. Officers in Hampshire, Dorset, Surrey, Sussex, Wiltshire and the Thames Valley drew the devices 998 times compared with 433 in 2012 while they fired them 192 times compared with 155 times. Police said the […]

UK – Police taser naked woman seen in Liverpool city centre ‘armed with a knife damaging cars’ (2014-04-08)

Posted on April 8 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Using tasers to control a woman in psychiatric crisis? An emotionally disturbed woman, “running amok” naked among parked cars at 4.30 a.m. was “restrained with a taser”. Is this the most appropriate intervention?]] Liverpool Echo, by Alan Selby Woman wearing nothing but shoes restrained by officers at 4.30am A ‘naked’ woman was […]

UK – Lancashire Taser police officer told to say sorry (2014-03-27)

Posted on March 27 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A mild rebuke for a serious offense! – A police officer who Tasered a partially-sighted stroke victim has been told to improve in his job and apologise to the man. After an Independent Police Complaints Commissioninvestigation. a police officer who Tasered a partially-sighted stroke victim has been told to improve in his […]

UK – Police use of taser statistics, England and Wales, 2012 to 2013 (2014-03-27)

Posted on March 27 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: An official quarterly statistical report on taser use by the police in the United Kingdom. Note the different definitions of “use”, of which “firing” is the highest. The three major findings: Total police use of taser increased between 2012 and 2013, continuing the trend seen since 2009; The percentage of uses where […]

UK – Use of Taser statistics: Information released by the UK government (2014-03-27)

Posted on March 27 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: This is a link to the UK Home Office site – and follow-up lionks – which provide statistics on the use of tasers across the UK, from 2010 to 2013 ]] Home Office Page history: Updated 27 March 2014, see all updates Added ‘Police use of taser statistics, England and Wales, 2012 […]

UK – Taser use by London Metropolitan Police substantially increases (2014-03-27)

Posted on March 27 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: In a report just released by the Home Office, taser use by the London Police substantially increased between 2011 and 2013: officers used the weapon 378 times in 2011 and this figure increased to 2,110 times in 2013. The number of times the weapon was actually fired by London police officers increased […]

UK – Northern Ireland Taser use ‘justified’ in [5] knife attacks (2014-03-13)

Posted on March 13 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Police were justified in using Tasers during five separate incidents across Northern Ireland involving people armed with knives, the Police Ombudsman has found following investigations.]] The Irish Times Police were justified in using Tasers during five separate incidents across Northern Ireland involving people armed with knives, the Police Ombudsman has found following […]

UK – London burglar who threatened baby with Taser gun is jailed for six years (2014-03-13)

Posted on March 13 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Just one example of how (generic) tasers are used during the commitment of criminal acts: A teenage thug who threatened to Taser a baby during a burglary in north-east London has been jailed for six years. The 19-year-old and another suspect grabbed the woman’s seven-month daughter, with one of them pointing a […]