Archive for the 'USA' Category

USA – Sunbury, Pennsylvania: Repeated Taser shots didn’t stop knife attack, police say (2014-07-09)

Posted on July 9 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Tasered, then shot: Yet another example of how unreliable the taser can be. In an altercation in which 22-year-old Erick Trometter brandished a knife, a police officer first tasers (“repeated taser shots”) then shoots him. At press time, he was still in hospital.]] The Daily Item, by Francis Scarcella SUNBURY — Acting […]

USA – Delray Beach, Florida: Full report details deputy-involved shooting of Anesson Joseph [after being tasered] (2014-07-08)

Posted on July 8 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Another man tasered then shot. The full report of the shooting death of 28-year-old Anesson Joseph (“a naked attacker, bloody and screaming”) has been released. Police believed he was armed with a weapon, but it was only his keys in his hand. He was tasered but “the taser darts did not impact […]

USA – Augusta, Georgia: Family protests stun-gun death case, demands justice outside courthouse (2014-07-07)

Posted on July 7 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: June 29, 2013: multiple tasering, then cardiac arrest and died. The family of George Harvey, 39 when he died, is holding a protest. He had history of arrests related to cocaine, marijuana and controlled substances, makes his case and life seem “unimportant,” his sister says, demanding that justice be served.]] Augusta Chronicle, […]

USA – William Parisio, Awaiting Trial For Murder Of Warren’s Pamela Schmidt, Found Dead Of Cardiac Dysrhythmia (2014-07-03)

Posted on July 3 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: An example of the “excited delirium” syndrome being cited where the taser has not been used – this certainly occurs: excited delirium brought on by bath salts. The cause of death for inmate William Parisio, 25, who died in February while awaiting trial for the murder of Warren Township woman Pamela Schmidt, […]

USA – Chelsea, Massachusetts man dies after [taser] struggle with police (2014-06-27)

Posted on June 27 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Another death following taser use. Dominic Graffeo, 56, died after police “tried to subdue him with a taser”, which “he was able to block”. Police were called for “an emotionally disturbed person”. Mr Graffeo had barricaded himself in his room and refused to talk to a crisis negotiator used by the police. […]

USA – Hawthorne, California settles civil-rights violation case for $99,000 [+ an earlier $300,000 settlement for tasering an autistic child by the same officer] (2014-06-24)

Posted on June 26 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Julius Bilbrew was 16 in 2009 when he was tasered sitting on a park-bench with his girl-friend. The City of Hawthorne has just agreed to a $99,000 settlement The same police officer was accused of similar civil-rights violations for using a Taser gun on a 12-year-old autistic teenager in September 2008, […]

USA – El Paso, Texas police shot and killed unarmed and handcuffed man [and tasered him after he was shot] (2014-06-23)

Posted on June 23 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Shot-then-tasered. (see video here: he incident occurred more than a year ago.) El Paso Police released video footage Thursday of a police officer shooting and killing unarmed and handcuffed Daniel Saenz, a 37-year-old bodybuilder who was in a prison unit. After he is shot, the officer uses his taser, firing into Saenz’ […]

USA – Late to the game, New Jersey learns from Taser errors elsewhere (2004-06-20)

Posted on June 20 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: As tasers (tasercams) get deployed across New Jersey – the last “hold-out” state – they are reported in Camden to have been fire only once when displayed 6 times and “used judiciously”: “when a police officer has the option of either shooting a person or using a Taser, we prefer they use […]

USA – Thomaston, Georgia Taser Incident Sparks Outrage, More Alleged Victims Coming Forward (2014-06-18)

Posted on June 18 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: People in Thaston are organizing to protest against a police officer accused of brutality. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is reviewing an incident from June 11, where Tobin used a taser on 25-year-old Kelcey Rockemore, supposedly “because he made a sudden turn toward the officer”, following complaints that he had been “loitering” […]

USA – Stafford County, Virginia – Deputies stun naked man cursing outside house in suburbs (2014-06-17)

Posted on June 17 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Tasered for being naked? Police taser a naked man they found screaming and cursing outside a Stafford County home. He was then taken to the hospital and to subsequently to jail.]] wtvr-tv, by Scott Wise, STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. – Sheriff’s deputies used a Taser to subdue a naked man they found screaming […]

USA – Gilbert, Arizona man dead a day after officers used Taser to subdue him (2014-06-08)

Posted on June 8 2014 by admin

[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Tasered, then died: 34-year-old Daniel Bester in hospital.  was nude and yelling in the courtyard when police reponded to a domestic violence call. Police say he fought with them resisting arrest. It is unclear how mant times the taser was used. He showed signs of medical distress and died later in hospital. […]

USA – Berkeley, California: Tasers for Berkeley Police? Not the Best Way to Deal with Most Crisis Situations (2014-06-06)

Posted on June 6 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The Berkeley police shooting death of an 18 yr-old mentally ill woman must not be used as an excuse for introducing tasers: Tasers can be lethal too. The Berkeley death of Kayla Moore, who suffered from mental illness and used drugs, would not have been prevented if the police had used a […]

USA – National Sheriffs Association: TASER Axon & Evidence.com (2014-06-02)

Posted on June 2 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: TASER International is a “corporate partner” of the non-profit “National Sheriffs Association” claiming to represent the 3080 sheriffs in the United States (see introductory material in italics below). This strategic partnership results in the following post of the sheriffs’ site – an advertisement for TASER”s Axon/Evidence.com body-worn cameras with the tacit approval […]

USA – Millvale, Pennsylvania settles Taser lawsuit for $37,500 (2014-05-29)

Posted on May 29 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Millvale (pop. 4000) has reached a $37,500 settlement in the case of Thomas Jason James Smith who was tasered repeatedly in September 2012, after he was handcuffed.]] Post-Gazette Millvale paid $37,500 to resolve a lawsuit filed by a resident who was shocked with a Taser while handcuffed, according to documents released to […]

USA – State of Connecticut Could Pass 1st in Nation Stun Gun Regulation Law (2014-05-29)

Posted on May 29 2014 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS: On the heels of several Taser-related deaths in the state during recent years, Connecticut appears to be on the verge of becoming the first state in the country to pass a law requiring police to track their use of stun guns. The ACLU says 14 people have died in the state […]

USA – Albuquerque, New Mexico: City’s relationship with Taser stunning for some (2014-05-28)

Posted on May 28 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: More information of the links between Albuquerque Police and TASER International: After a scathing U.S. Department of Justice report on the Albuquerque Police Department the city hired consultants and one of them – Tom Streicher – has made promotional videos for TASER International. (Ex Police-chief Schulz has already been identified as being […]

USA – Sherman, North Texas: Lawsuit describes woman’s disturbing death outside Texas cop car (2014-05-28)

Posted on May 28 2014 by admin

[[Summary / comments: Lesa Surratt died of injuries suffered in a traffic stop in August 2013, including an order to “Tase that bitch.”. She was tasered, and Ms Surratt was taken to hospital, where she was found to be in a vegetative state and placed on life support, according to a lawsuit brought by her […]

USA – Baltimore, Maryland: Group calls for Taser moratorium (2014-05-27)

Posted on May 27 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The Southern Christian Leadership Conference wants Baltimore City Council hearing and independent review of 19 year-old George King’s death after he was tasered in hospital. They are call for a moratorium on taser use until the review is completed. Separately, the American Civil Liberties Union sent Baltimore police a letter Tuesday asking […]

USA – Baltimore Death by Taser [Editorial] (2o14-05-27)

Posted on May 27 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: This editorial seriously challenges police use of a Taser five times, in drive-stun mode, to subdue teenager, George King, in hospital. Mr King died. The taser is an electroshock weapon touted as a less lethal alternative to firearms when used by police pursuing fleeing suspects or attempting to take unruly individuals into […]

USA – Supreme Court orders reconsideration of taser death lawsuit (2014-05-21)

Posted on May 21 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A brief overview of the case Baron Pikes, who was shot by police in Winnfield, Louisiana with a taser gun at least eight times over 14 minutes and later died of cardiac arrest. The U.S. Supreme Court has ordered the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider a civil rights lawsuit filed […]