Archive for the 'Amnesty International' 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 – Urbana, Illinois: Increased police tasers not a necessary solution (2014-05-01)

Posted on May 1 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The Urbana Police Department does not currently have access to tasers. At the Urbana City Council meeting on April 28, many citizens, including the local NAACP chapter, opposed the Police’s request for tasers. Editorial: “Tasers are a very reactionary method to crime versus a preventative method, such as mental health care for example, […]

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 […]

USA – Taser company says device saves lives after wrongful death lawsuit filed in Bangor, Maine (2014-04-04)

Posted on April 4 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Phillip McCue, 28, lost consciousness and died five days after he was tasered in September 2012. The autopsy report concluded that it was not the taser that killed him but bath salts that caused cardiac arrest. “The Taser hits are not a factor in the death,” Maine’s chief medical examiner said. Phillip’s […]

AUSTRALIA – Can Stun Guns Cause Cardiac Arrest? (2014-03-19)

Posted on March 19 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : While there is nothing really new here, but the author very usefully describes the precise cardiac disturbances caused by the taser, bringing a new audience to Dr Douglas Zipes 2012 research, demonstrating in 8 cases that the taser induced heart failure, also discussing TASER Inc.’s reaction and Amnesty International’s in opposing […]

UK – Thames Valley: Charity [Amnesty International] criticises police over Taser use (2014-01-17)

Posted on January 17 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Amnesty International concerned after instances of Taser use by Thames Valley police double from 2012 to 2013, where officers deployed electric stun guns 119 times in 2013, compared with 61 occasions in 2012, including several times in drive-stun mode (applied directly to the person Amnesty International UK has called for the use […]

UK – Amnesty International criticises police over Taser use (2014-01-13)

Posted on January 13 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A police force that almost doubled its use of Tasers last year has been criticised by Amnesty International UK. Thames Valley police revealed that its officers deployed electric stun guns 119 times in 2013, compared with 61 occasions in 2012. Amnesty International UK has called for the use of the weapons to […]

CANADA / QUEBEC – Montréal : Mort après avoir reçu une décharge de Taser [Man dies after he is tasered] (2013-11-12)

Posted on November 12 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A man dies following the use of a taser by Montreal police. Police say they tried to control him other physical, with a baton and with Cayenne spray, but “he resisted with enormous energy”. Three policemen were struck. He was then tasered and already in medical distress when paramedics arrive. The […]

UK – London -Taser roll out by Metropolitan Police undermined by new report, says Amnesty International (2013-10-15)

Posted on October 15 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Amnesty reports: For its new report “Arming the polic”, the London Assembly charges that the London police (Met) failed to hold public consultations and justified increased rollout of taser as result of increased violent attacks – but these are going down. Evidence of mis-use of tasers – it should only be […]

USA – Five Texas Police Departments Ban Tasers (2013-09-28)

Posted on September 28 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: This weekend, five police departments in North Texas — Mansfield, Richland Hills, Crowley, Murphy and Burleson — announced they had removed Taser guns from the list of equipment used by officers. The police are not saying why, but a lawyer report the departments enacted the ban to protect themselves from lawsuits. Amnesty […]

USA – Miami-Dade County, Florida: Controversial, troubling trend – Death by ‘excited delirium’ (2013-09-28)

Posted on September 28 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A relatively “balanced” overview of the controversial diagnosis of “excited delirium”, too often – but by no means always – associated with taser-related deaths. 29 cases in Miami-Dade County since 2002. A genetic abnormality, hyperthermia, designer drugs, the existence, nature and cause of this condition remain highly disputed.]] Miami-Herald, by DAVID OVALLE […]

UK – Taser use is on the rise in Hampshire [including “drive-stun”] (2013-09-25)

Posted on September 25 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : New Home Office statistics from Hampshire county show “drive-stun” tasering (pain-compliance) is increasing, although overall taser use fell slightly from 2011. In England and Wales, taser deploymernt went up from 6,649 in 2010 to 7,877 in 2011. No data yet available for 2012.]] Hampshire Gazette A CONTROVERSIAL method for using Tasers […]

USA – Taser turns 20; deadly debate continues (2013-09-19)

Posted on September 19 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A survey of the continuing controversy over tasers, along with a number of cases which are particularly disturbing, including statements from TASER International and a discussion of “less-lethal”, including Amnesty International’s position]] Aljazeera-America, by Tom Marcinko After two decades of experience and training, critics question how it is used and why […]

UK – Stun gun use more than doubles (2013-09-10)

Posted on September 10 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS :The use of stun guns by police officers in England and Wales more than doubled over two years – from 3,128 deployments in 2009 to 6,649 in 2010 and 7,877 in 2011, Home Office figures revealed. In 2009, 23.2% of Taser deployments involved the stun gun being fired, as opposed to just […]

AUSTRIA – Austrian Police authorized to use tasers (2103-09-09 – date downloaded)

Posted on September 9 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS :A very brief report. After a six-year trial period, the Ministry of the Interior authorized the regular use of electro-stun devices in police operations, according to the 2013 Amnesty International Report. No information here on their use or how many have been issued.]] After a six-year trial period, the Ministry of the […]

UK – Police officers fire Taser FIVE times every day: Increase in officers relying on weapons after use more than doubles since 2009 (2013-09-09)

Posted on September 9 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Number of confrontations involving Tasers doubled between 2009 and 2011. There has been huge investment in the weapons in past decade. Experts say an officer will only draw weapon once every two years. Critics say British police officers being ‘armed by stealth’]] Daily Mail, by Chris Greenwood and Jack Doyle Tasers […]

BRAZIL – Apesar de críticas, PM fez curso para controlar massas antes de atos no RJ [Despite criticism, Rio military police are still learning how to control demonstrators – including the use of tasers] (2013-08-27)

Posted on August 27 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : (Edited translation from Portuguese; the original text appears below the translation, in italics. A long post. The Rio de Janerio military police are undergoing $7.7 million training in non-lerthal weapons in preparation for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, particularly “Crowd Control and Civil Disorders”, taught by Spanish officers, including tasers – […]

USA – Miami Beach Teen death reignites Taser debate (2013-08-24)

Posted on August 24 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The death of Israel Hernandez-Llach, the 18-year-old street artist, following the use of the taser re-opens the debate on the lethality of tasers … ]] Miami Herald, by Julie K.Brown Tasers and stun guns have had a controversial history ever since police began using them in the 1970s. Today, they are […]

UK – Weakened Taser Guidance Permits Use as Compliance Tool as Safety Research Questioned (2013-07-08)

Posted on July 21 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A blog raises question over a lack of research into its effects on public health and ambiguous guidance on its use. Tasers were first trialled in the UK with firearms officers in 2003 before being rolled out across the country to police in 2008. A member of the Law Society’s Human […]

USA – Connecticut: Meriden Man Who Died After Being Shocked With Taser Had Extensive Criminal Record (2013-06-13)

Posted on June 13 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Noel Mendoza, 43, is the fourth person to die following the use of a taser in Meriden, Connecticut . Since 2005, more than a dozen men in Connecticut have died after being shocked by Tasers, but in most cases, the medical examiner said he could not attribute the death to the […]