Archive for the 'American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)' Category

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 – 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 – Vermont bill to establish a mandatory Taser policy approved (2104-05-10)

Posted on May 10 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Following lengthy debate in the State Senate, a new bill is adopted by the Vermont legislature: (1) creating a police oversight committee to develop a policy for how and when police should use Tasers; (2) serious taser training and how to deal with people with mentasl illness; and mandates that all law […]

USA – Connecticut Police to Report Taser Incidents (2014-05-09)

Posted on May 9 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: the April death of José Maldonado. Maldonado was the 14th person to die in Connecticut after being tased, 10 of those people were African American or Latino. Police departments across Connecticut now will be required to report all usage of electronic weapons to the state under a bill approved by the legislature […]

USA – Connecticut NAACP, ACLU Laud Taser Legislation (2014-05-08)

Posted on May 8 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The Connecticut NAACP and the state ACLU chapter are lauding a taser reform bill passed this session in the General Assembly. The bill calls on police departments that utilize tasers to adopt use policies along with tracking and reporting incidents in which they’re deployed. Note: Jose Maldonado was the 14th person to […]

USA – Another Death in Connecticut Prompts Another Call for Taser Regulation [List of Connecticut deaths following taser] (2014-04-14)

Posted on April 20 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The Connecticut ACLU protests the latest – the 14th since 2005 – Connecticut death following the use of taser. The deaths are listed in this post. Meanwhile, “the legislature needs to pass clear, consistent guidelines for Taser training and deployment, along with reporting requirements, in order to minimize the risk to civilians.”]] […]

USA – Texas Coalition Again Urges Governor Perry to Ban Taser and Pepper Spray Use in Schools (2014-04-15)

Posted on April 15 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: – A coalition of advocacy organizations (see list below), including the ACLU and National Alliance on Mental Illness, concerned with student safety is again urging Governor Rick Perry to declare a moratorium on the use of Tasers and pepper spray on Texas students. This follows the incident in which, Noe Niño de […]

USA – Cameras on cops: Coming to a town near you (2014-04-14)

Posted on April 14 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Are body-worn cameras – such as the taser AXON Body-worn cameras – the new frontier in policing? These cameras are “ground-breaking”, a “wave of the future” according to Rialto’s chief of police. Los Angeles and New York City are currently testing them. The cameras are said to aid in evidence-gathering at the […]

USA – Another Connecticut Death Prompts Another Call for Taser Regulation (2014-04-14)

Posted on April 14 2014 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS: ACLU Connecticut reports a 14th known death – José Maldonado, 22, of Manchester  – since 2005 in the state following taser use. See list in this post. The ACLU calls for statewide regulations of how police use electronic weapons.]] ACLU Connecticut Another person has died after being Tasered by police in […]

USA – San Diego, California: Privacy an issue with police body cameras (2014-04-12)

Posted on April 12 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY/ COMMENTS : Body-worn cameras are an important new segment of the TASER market … San Diego’s police chief wants 300 officers outfitted with body cameras by July to help restore waning public trust in the department. Three models are being trialed, including the TASER AXON. But there are issues the police union and the […]

USA – San Diego, California: Privacy an issue with police body cameras (2014-04-12)

Posted on April 12 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The San Diego Police department has been rocked by numerous allegations of sexual misconduct in recent years. Partly in response, body-worn cameras are projected to be adopted. Following the results from Rialto Police Dept., TASER AXON cameras are being trialed. “We’re doing this for the accountability of our officers, and regaining the […]

USA – Should Vermont restrict police use of Tasers? Electronic devices described as both a deadly threat and lifesaver (2014-04-11)

Posted on April 11 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A Vermont Senate committee hears conflicting view on taser deployment. Some say it should be used instead of a firearm. The ACLU warns of insufficient training has made Tasers too dangerous in Vermont and the cost of settlements. A police training director says police are trained to use a Taser when a […]

USA – Should Vermont restrict police use of Tasers? Electronic devices described as both a deadly threat and lifesaver (2014-04-11)

Posted on April 11 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A Senate committee hears conflicting view on taser deployment. Some say it should be used instead of a firearm. The ACLU warns of insufficient training has made Tasers too dangerous in Vermont and the cost of settlements. A training director says police are trained to use a Taser when a subject is […]

USA – Florida: ACLU calls for review of Taser use after landmark finding on Miami-Dade artist’s death (2014-03-07)

Posted on March 27 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS: Tasered-the-died – The taser is identified by the medical examiner as the cause of death of Israel Hernandez-Llach in August 2013. He died of heart failure because of an “electric device discharge.” – while the police had claimed he was on drugs. He also had traces of marijuana in his blood. Death was […]

USA – Vermont House advances statewide stun gun policy bill (2014-03-18)

Posted on March 18 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The Vermont legilature on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to a bill calling for statewide standards on training for police using electronic stun guns. Critics, including the mother of a Macadam Mason, killed in 2012 by a state trooper’s Taser, sharply criticized it as watered-down, weak and not specific enough. “It’s troopers investigating […]

USA – Vermont statewide policy on police stun guns on track (2014-03-12)

Posted on March 12 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Vermont is to adopt statewide training standard for police officers (following the June 2012 of Macadam Mason) before they are issued electronic stun guns, but critics say the bill has been significantly watered down from its original version, which limited itsd use to situations in which the alternative would be a firearm. […]

USA – Florida: ACLU calls for review of Taser use after landmark finding on Miami-Dade artist’s death (2014-03-07)

Posted on March 7 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Friday called on local police departments to change how officers use Taser stun guns, one day after a medical examiner ruled the weapon played a role in the death of a young street artist, Israel Hernandez-Llach, in Miami Beach. The teen’s family members and supporters repeated […]

USA – ACLU asks Gov. Rick Perry to suspend use of Tasers at Texas schools (2014-02-26)

Posted on February 26 2014 by admin

[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas and other groups have asked Gov. Rick Perry to place a moratorium on the use of Tasers and pepper spray on students in the wake of an incident that left a High School student badly injured. Noe Niño de Rivera, 17, fell backward and hit […]

USA – Vermont: Taser guidelines debated in Montpelier (2013-02-27)

Posted on February 7 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Vermont lawmakers are weighing whether to require all police agencies to have to meet the same training and use standards for stun guns following like the death of a Thetford man, Macadam Mason, tasered by a trooper. The local ACLU is calling for a uniform policy. Taser use is down substantially: 80 […]

USA – The CEO of TASER thinks that making law enforcement more tech savvy doesn’t have to be terrifying (2014-02-04)

Posted on February 4 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The tech-savvy article describes how the AXON video-camera system works. Seattle-based Vievu offers a similar option, but TASER’s is cheaper by a few hundred dollars, costing $299 (body-mounted) or $499 (incorporated in glasses). Alongside this, TASER has released its Evidence.com service, which can process and handle this new digital influx of data. […]