Archive for the 'Campaign against tasers' Category

CANADA – Protesters fight plan to expand Taser use by Toronto police (2013-09-24)

Posted on September 24 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Dozens packed council chambers at City Hall on Tuesday night to argue against the expanded police use of Tasers on Toronto streets. In 2012, there were 255 use-of-force incidents in which a Taser was used by a Toronto police officer. In more than half of those cases, the weapon was simply […]

USA – Montpelier, Vermont advocate calls for national standards for Taser use (2013-08-24)

Posted on August 24 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A Montpelier advocate, Morgan Brown, has launched a petition calling for national regulations on law enforcement and civilian use of stun guns on Thursday. The guns should be regulated the same as other firearms and lethal weapons, according to the petition. Though nationwide reform on the use of stun guns would […]

USA – Montpelier, Vermont: Call on Federal Government to Regulate Stun Guns (2013-08-22)

Posted on August 22 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY – COMMENTS: A Vermont advocate launches a petition to have tasers declared subject to the same regulations as firearms: “The undersigned petitioners call on the Government of the United States to govern and regulate the law enforcement and civilian use of Tasers as well as other stun guns in the exact same manner it […]

USA – Syracuse, New York activists demand investigation of police hitting disabled man with Taser (2013-08-07)

Posted on August 7 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A group of activists today demanded that Syracuse and Onondaga County officials investigate why a disabled man who was tasered and dragged off a bus. Brad Hulett was tasered on May 3 because he would not sit down on a bus.He suffered brain damage in 1991 when he was hit by […]

USA – Vermont: Group calls for Taser legislation on anniversary of Thetford man’s death (2013-06-27)

Posted on June 27 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A year has passed since a Vermont State Trooper fired his Taser at Macadam Mason and killed. To mark the anniversary, various legislators, civil rights lawyers and community groups are calling for legislation that would regulate more carefully Vermont law enforcement’s use of Tasers, particularly more oversight.]] Burlington Free Press, by […]

FRANCE – L’ancien patron de Taser France condamné pour espionnage à l’encontre d’Olivier Besancenot (Ex-boss of TASER-France condemned for spying on Olivier Besancenot (2013-01-31)

Posted on January 31 2013 by admin

[[Summary / Comments: The boss of the French distributor of tasers – Antoine di Zazzo – is found guilty of illegally spying on the leader of the extreme-left party – the Nouveau parti anti-capitaliste – who, during the 2007 presidential campaign, stated that at least 54 Americans had died because of being tasered. Which is […]

UK – Met [the London Police] faces landmark ruling for ‘unlawful’ mass roll-out of Tasers in police cars (2013-01-28)

Posted on January 28 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT: The London Police are facing a High Court action over a decision to put Taser stun guns in all response cars in London, the Police Chief being accused of acting unlawfully by approving the mass deployment of the weapon without public consultation by a 26-year-old man who claims to have suffered breathing […]

UK – Haringey [London] police to be issued Tasers despite councillors concerns (2012-11-14)

Posted on November 14 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Despite city councillors’ concerns – resulting from the use of a taser on a 17-year-old boy by Flying Squad officers in Turnpike Lane, in September this year , the North London borough of Haringey police will soon be issued with tasers, along with the rest of London.  “It would be better to […]

UK – Campaigners raise concerns over increased police Taser use (2012-10-21)

Posted on October 22 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Taser use in England rose by 45% in 2011 and the numbers are expected to continue to increase. Mistaken deployment of Taser on a Lancashire blind man – mistaking his blind-stick for a taser – and other incidents spark calls for more police control and restraint. A few weeks earlier, James McCarthy, […]

TASER Inc. – Blog: Charlotte, NC and the So Called TASER Death Count Issues (2011-07-23)

Posted on July 23 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The TASER Inc. spin … A blog put out by TASER Inc. decries the association of tasers with deaths – this is part of the campaign organized by the corporatoion to clear its name. Attacking Amnesty International for “skimming” headlines, while the taser has onlt been mentioned as in any way […]

USA – ACLU Report: Arizona Police Often Too Quick to Use Tasers (2011-06-31)

Posted on July 5 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The ACLU (Arizona) isues a report showing that “Tasers are routinely being used by Arizona police when lethal force is not justified and where other, less-lethal methods are available, according to a new report which examined the policies of 20 Arizona police agencies … In many cases, you find that officers go […]

USA – Waterbury, Connecticut: NAACP launches investigation into taser death (2011-05-17)

Posted on May 18 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Police say 26-year-old African-American Marcus Brown was combative even after being cuffed and put into the back of a cruiser so an officer tased him. He had been arrested for causing a disturbance in a hospital emergency room. Handcuffed in the police cruiser, Marcus received at least one more taser discharge; unresponsive, […]

USA – Albina Ministerial Alliance urges city to delay buying Portland (Oregon) police new Tasers (2011-04-09)

Posted on April 8 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: An ecumenical coalition opposes new Taser purchases – for the XREP cordless taser: “The Albina Ministerial Alliance for Justice and Police Reform this week sent a letter to Portland’s mayor and chief of police, urging the police bureau to delay its plans to buy more powerful, shoulder-fired Tasers in light of recent […]

USA – “50,000 volts a zap” (2011-04-03)

Posted on April 6 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Testimony from community groups & individuals to pressure the San Francisco Public Safety Committee not to rescind on its 2010 vote to withdraw tasers from police officers. The police continue to insist on their need for it on the use of force scale … There are also reports of TASER Inc. funding […]

USA – Arlington, Texas: Jonathan Pierce: Clearly Innocent: Wrongfully Tasered (2011-03-22)

Posted on March 22 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: For several year Eddie Griffin has been maintaining an excellent blog – – including a lot of information on the racist use of the taser in the USA. This post relates to the latest case – Jonathan Pierce – with valuable links to other information.]] By Eddie Griffin (BASG) Tuesday, March […]

USA – “Pack the San Francisco Police Commission hearing on Tasers: this Wednesday, Feb. 23, 5:30 p.m., in Room 400, City Hall” (2011-02-21)

Posted on March 4 2011 by admin

[[GlobalShock: Appeal by a San Francisco coalition of black leaders and community activists to protest police call to bring tasers back into use, after the SF Police Commission voted 3-2 to ban them in 2010]]   Pack the Police Commission hearing on Tasers: this Wednesday, Feb. 23, 5:30 p.m., in Room 400, City Hall KPFA […]

USA – University of Florida support group seeks oversight of Florida University Police as shooting anniversary nears (2011-02-22)

Posted on February 22 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: On the first anniversary of Kofi Adu-Brempong being beaten, tasered and shot in the face by police, The Coalition for Justice Against Police Brutality organized a press conference a rally to demand action against the police officer. Kofi is a graduate student at the University of Florida, as well as being a […]

CANADA -TASER Inc. fires back in lawsuit by Winnipeg teenager’s family, refutes autopsy linking death to stun gun (2011-02-09)

Posted on February 9 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS:  The medical examiner’s report in the case of  Michael Langan was clear: “cardiac arrhythmia (ventricular fibrillation) due to deployment of electronic control device.” TASER counsel is contesting this conclusion, demanding … “At all material times, Taser designed its ECDs to deploy a conductive energy pulse designed to cause neuromuscular incapacitation so as […]

USA – Columbia, Missouri: … Safety paramount: Tasers help city police carry out their duties (2011-01-09)

Posted on January 9 2011 by admin

[[GlobalShock: A candidate for Columbia (Missouri) City Council explains why he opposed the citizens’ initiative during the taser ban ballot in the city: a “strong advocate of civil liberties” (sic) , he opposed the ban because it would deprive the police of an important crime-fighting weapon – and “banning the private use of Tasers was a clear violation of the Second Amendment” (the right to carry arms). In brief, possessing taser stun-guns is an unalienable right. See in bold in the text]]

NEW ZEALAND – Auckland Police happy with tasers (2010-12-17)

Posted on December 17 2010 by admin

STEPHEN FORBES TASERS are being hailed a success by west Auckland police officers who have fired them at people eight times this year. Waitemata Police operations manager Paul Marshall says the weapons were drawn from their holsters 50 times in 2010 but in most cases that was enough to calm a volatile situation. “Incidents that […]