Archive for the 'Alcohol' Category

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 […]

SPAIN – Más de 30 policías locales catalanas tienen ya la polémica pistola eléctrica [[More than 30 municipal Catalan police units already have access to the controversial taser gun]] (2014-04-26)

Posted on April 26 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS (edited google translation – see Spanish original below in italics): Municipal officers in 30 municipalities in the Catalonia region of Spain are getting access to tasers (150 tasers in all), based on the argument that this will prevent deaths. The taser is principally for use against roudy, drunken tourists. The Interior Ministry […]

SINGAPORE – Aggressive drunk man tasered by police (2014-04-02)

Posted on April 2 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Tasers have been issued to Singapore police since 2007. Here is an example of their (infrequent) use, against as drunk man who was acting rowdily …]] Today online SINGAPORE — The police said they had to use a taser on a 47-year-old drunk after he became aggressive and charged at them repeatedly […]

USA – Moorhead, Minnesota police use Taser on naked man, found yelling, running around waving his arms around in parking lot (2014-03-28)

Posted on March 28 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Running around naked is too frequent a cause of being tasered. Without any direct threat to anyone’s safety. Police said they were “forced to use a Taser” on a man who was found drunk, naked, running around waving his arms and yelling in a public parking lot here Thursday morning.]] Inforum, by […]

USA – Ohio: Lethal combination of bath salts, alcohol, killed man hours after Cleveland Police arrested him in October (2014-02-18)

Posted on February 18 2014 by admin

[[Summary / Comments : Reginald Williams Jr. died after Police arrested him on kidnapping charges. He had been tasered multiple times, according to a witness. A medical examiner officially ruled Williams’ death an accident due to “Complications of acute intoxication due to the combined effects of methylenedioxypyrovalerone [bath salts] and ethanol.” The medical examiner’s office […]

CANADA / QUEBEC – Montreal: Donald Ménard, 41, dies after officers resort to Taser (2013-11-12)

Posted on November 12 2013 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The comment of  “Patrick Bolland” (owner of the site “”) is misinterpreted but the case remains enigmatic: Why did the Montreal police taser  41-year-old Donald Ménard? Why did he die? A 34th Canadian death following the use of a taser. Should we worry? – Yes!, says  Patrick Bolland!)) cbc, Montreal A […]

CANADA / QUEBEC- L’homme mort aux mains des policiers de Montréal était un évadé de Pinel [Man dies after police intervention – he had escaped from Pinel Psychiatric Institute the day before] (2013-11-12)

Posted on November 12 2013 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS : (VIDEO here – eye-witnesses … “He was tasered 15 or so times”, says one, but this may not be so) Donald Ménard, 41, who died after he was tasered by the Montreal police on 10 November (taser use still formally to be confirmed) is reported to have disappeared from Pinel […]

CANADA / QUEBEC – Montreal Man Tasered by Montreal police dies in hospital – Donald Ménard, 41, dies after officers resort to Taser (2013-11-13)

Posted on November 11 2013 by admin

[[Summary / Comments: 41-year-old Donald Ménard died following an altercation with police where a taser was reportedly deployed on Monday evening. Police responded to a call about a woman overdosing.  Somehow this became a struggle between the police and Mr Ménard, who was reported intoxicated.  There was a physical struggle, he was batoned, pepper-sprayed and […]

CANADA – Ontario: Police Taser a man in downtown Windsor (with video) ­(2013-11-07)

Posted on November 7 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Video (here) shows police taser a drunk man, telling him to get on his knees and that he was under arrest for intoxication – the man continued to smoke a cigarette. After he was tasered, he screamed and dropped to the ground, where he was handcuffed.]] Windsor Star, by Craig Pearson […]

EDITORIAL – National profile: Tasers in FRANCE (2013-10-25)

Posted on October 26 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : France is one of only six major countries outside the United States in which tasers are widely deployed. (The others are Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil and the United Kingdom.)In France, tasers are a political tinder-box; deployment of tasers has been affected by several strange turns specific to the French context. Currently (in October […]

BRAZIL – Morre após receber descarga de taser em ação policial [Death in southern Brazil after tasering in a police intervention] (2013-01-27)

Posted on January 27 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: (Revised google-translation from Portuguese; the original text appears below the translation, in italics.) A driver in Brazil is tasered, probably multiple times, and dies of cardiac arrest before getting to hospital. The police say he was intoxicated, there was a car chase, and he smashed into the wall of a tunnel. He […]

CANADA – Burnaby, British Columbia: Six Mounties restrain man after Taser has no effect (2013-01-23)

Posted on January 23 2013 by admin

[[Summary / Comments : At issue here is the unreliability of the taser: six Burnaby RCMP officers to restrain a man after a Taser had no effect. A woman calls here boyfriend who calls the police when an unwanted man sprawls naked on her sofa. He was drunk: the officers Tasered him and it did […]

CANADA – Winnipeg Police taser 16-year-old boy after alleged property damage; boy suffers injuries (2012-01-06)

Posted on January 6 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: (Brief report) Winnipeg police tasered a 16-year-old boy Sunday morning after receiving complaints about property damage. He was intoxicated and uncooperative. As a result, he was injured and required medical attention]] CTV-News, Winnipeg Winnipeg police tasered a 16-year-old boy Sunday morning after receiving complaints about property damage. Officers went to the 400 […]

USA – Shocking video catches Oklahoma police officer using TASER on woman in handcuffs (2012-11-29)

Posted on November 29 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: On June 24 2012, the City of MacAlester police tasered Nakina Wiliams while in the chest at point-blank range while she is restrained in jail. – and the Daily Mail posts the video of this “shocking scene”. In the video, Ms Williams doesn’t fall to the ground during the attack but her […]

AUSTRALIA – Lawyer slams police who tasered 14-yr-old aboriginal New South Wales boy (2012-11-14)

Posted on November 14 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: see the video of a 14-year-old aboriginal boy being tasered by police on this site. about whether officers are adhering to operating procedures in their use of the devices. The boy’s lawyer says: “Watching the tape, watching the child crying and screams, and the fact that police weren’t really concerned, that was […]

UK – Falmouth, Cornwall: Taser officer suspended from using stun gun (2012-03-15)

Posted on March 15 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A policeman who tasered a « fairly intoxicated » 19 year-old man at a street party in Cornwall was subsequently suspended from operating the weapon, police have confirmed – not much of punishment for what would appear abusive use of this weapon, and a tendency to trivialize its use in the UK. […]

USA – Barling, Arkansas: Passenger Gets $1 After Excessive Cop Tasering (2012-01-06)

Posted on January 6 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: “No justice for the victims!” A federal judge gives an Arkansas car passenger, Derrol Dee Kirby III, just $1 award after he was tasered by cops, even though he committed no crime and was hit by two tasers while he was handcuffed.  Note: he was the passenger, not the driver. Kirby had […]

USA – Wisconsin Police Stun Man Three Times With No Effect (2012-01-04)

Posted on January 4 2012 by admin

 [[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Why was the taser ineffective on this drunken and/or psychiatrically disturbed man? Why is it so often ineffective with so-called ‘excited delirium’ cases? The answer is disturbing, but not developed here: the manufacturer’s claims of its capacity to “incapacitate temporarily” are grossly exaggerated. Multiple discharges are often due to faults with […]

USA – North Carolina Probes Death Of 61-Year-Old Bicyclist Tased By Police (2011-11-23)

Posted on November 23 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS: A clear case of the taser as an invitation for abuse and as a weapon of choice: Bystander calls police to say a man seemingly drunk had fallen off his bike; police arrive, see him cycling and pursue him with sirens blaring, yelling to stop. He doesn’t, and appears (to the police) to […]

USA – Lancaster, New York: Witness: man on ground, cops used Taser (2011-09-06)

Posted on September 7 2011 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Are tasers effective with “violent suspects”? In an significant comment on why Nicholas Koscielniak apparently failed to repond to the use of a taser – and there is much witness dispute here of the police actions – a police attorney comments interestingly: “Lancaster Police Chief Gerald Gill told News 4, […]