Archive for the 'Children' Category

USA – Indiana cops taser 10-year-old at day care (2014-04-01)

Posted on April 1 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Is the taser an appropriate way of controlling young children? Indians police taser an “unruly” 10 yr-old boy at a home-care center, in response to a call that the boy was being combative and trying to harm other children and caretakers.]] New York Daily News, by Lindsay Goldwert Indiana police say two […]

UK – London Metropolitan Police Taser use on UK kids soars six-fold (2014-03-08)

Posted on March 8 2014 by admin

SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A worrying trend in a widely distributed story in London: The London Police’s use of Tasers on children in London has increased six-fold during a four-year period, new figures have revealed. (Note: “Use” includes “demonstration mode” – showing but not discharging the taser.) Officers used the controversial stun guns on children 131 times between 2008 and 2012 across 21 London boroughs. The figures soared from nine instances in 2008 to 53 in 2012. Taser use by police in England and Wales rose from 3,500 to 14,500 in the same period.

CANADA – British Columbia faces lawsuit after Mounties Taser 11-year-old boy (2014-02-18)

Posted on February 18 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The provincial guardian of a teen who was Tasered by RCMP at age 11 (now 14) after he escaped a group home is suing the provincial government and his former foster parents for negligence. With a very troubled childhood, the boy had escaped the home and was found stabbing the walls of […]

CANADA – Province Of British Columbia Sued By Guardian Of Boy Tasered By Police (2013-02-18)

Posted on February 18 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The guardian of a British Columbia boy, now 14, but 11 at the age of tasering. who was jolted by a police Taser in Dawson Creek while in government care is suing the province in a civil case for subjecting him to neglect and abuse that a court document says left him […]

USA – North Carolina Cop “Had No Choice” To Shoot And Kill Mentally Ill Child Because He Left His Taser Home? (2014-02-17)

Posted on February 17 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Police Officer Bryon Vassey “had no choice” to shoot a mentally-ill child because “he left his Taser home” when Bryon’s family called 911 for medical help. “We don’t have time for this” – and he shot the child.]] Prison Planet NORTH CAROLINA — A cop who said “We don’t have time […]

UK – Cornwall and Devon: Cops taser terror (2014-01-08)

Posted on January 8 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A police watchdog – the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) – is probing how Devon and Cornwall cops killed one man and injured a group of schoolboys with taser guns last year. The two unrelated incidents left 23 year old Andrew Pimlott dead and three boys aged 14 and 15, injured. Andrew Pimlott […]

USA – South Dakota: Review: Officer’s use of Taser on 8-year-old “reasonable” (2013-12-17)

Posted on December 17 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Is it ever reasonable to taser an 8-yr-old? Yes! According to this story …  A South Dakota Department of Criminal Investigation determined that a Pierre Police Department officer did not act unreasonably when he used his Taser on an 8-year-old girl in October. The girl was making “suicidal comments” and holding a […]

UK – Devon and Cornwall Police Taser 15-Year-Old Schoolboy With Learning Difficulties (2013-12-07)

Posted on December 7 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Devon and Cornwall Police were called to Chelfham Senior School, specializing in children with behavioural difficulties, near Plymouth after reports of an alleged assault on a teacher. Police used a taser to subdue a 15-year-old and two 14-year-olds, only hitting one of them. But Sophie Khan, a solicitor-advocate and legal director at […]

IN-DEPTH: USA – Tasers, Intended As Nonlethal Weapons, Kill Far Too Often (2103-11-04)

Posted on November 4 2013 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A Connecticut Fox-TV reporter raises many of the disturbing issues relating to tasers. Some say taser use has to stop, as in the case of Seth Victor, 40, – and 12 other men in Connecticut – who died in September after he was tasered. West Hartford police are being sued […]

USA – North Carolina: Deputy uses Taser on Fayetteville high school girl (2013-10-23)

Posted on October 23 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The mother of a 15-year-old Westover High School girl is asking why a Taser was used by a school resource officer on her daughter to break up a fight. The police say she was tasered once, her mother says three times. There have been seven reports of taser use in Cumberland […]

USA – Arkansas: Taser use on 8-year-old justified, police in Pierre, South Dakota say (2103-10-09)

Posted on October 9 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : OK  to taser suicidal 8 yr-old girl? While her parents were with a babysitter, a reportedly suicidal 8 yr-old girl stabbed herself in the leg and was holding a 4½-inch knife to her chest when officers arrived, and she refused to put it down and turned the knife towards an officer […]

USA – Pierre, South Dakota police chief defends officer’s use of Taser against girl, 8, who threatened herself (2013-10-08)

Posted on October 8 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The Pierre police chief is defending an officer’s use of an electroshock weapon against an 8-year-old girl who was threatening to harm herself. She was tasered in her with with a babysitter present. Police chief doesn’t apologize: “we can’t control if the threat is eight or 80” and the officer who […]

USA – Bridgeport, Connecticut: Beaten and Tasered 12 year-old at School for the Deaf, Parents Claim (2013-09-16)

Posted on September 16 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : In March 2013, staff members at the American School for the Deaf chased a profoundly deaf 12-yr-old student from the Bronx, New York, into a construction site where police Tasered the boy without warning, his parents claim in Federal Court. His parents are suing staff-members and the police for the incident.]] […]

SOUTH AFRICA – 3-year-old Johannesburg boy tasered [with a generic stun-gun] for bed-wetting (2013-09-12)

Posted on September 12 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Note, this does not involve a TASER International  product but does show the potential for unacceptable abuse …: The 19-yr-old mother of a 3-yr-old is facing assault and possible attempted murder charges following a video made when she “tasered” her son for bed-wetting.]] ENCA.com JOHANNESBURG – Police have confiscated three video […]

USA – Fort Worth, Texas Police TASER Use On The Rise – I-Team (2013-08-06)

Posted on August 6 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A 12-yr-old child hit by a police taser is just one of dozens of cases where someone was exposed to a TASER by a Fort Worth police officer and seriously injured. In 2012, 113 people in Fort Worth were exposed to a TASER, 25 were injured. So far this year police […]

UK – ‘Does Taser Use Breach Human Rights?’ (2013-07-01)

Posted on July 1 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Sophie Khan, a lawyer specializing in Taser-related injuries, presents the case that taser use is a potential breach of European human rights legislation, especially since they often involve people with mental health problems and/or children. ‘The Taser is now being used as a weapon of first resort, rather than last. If […]

USA – Ashland, Oregon: Oregon State Police use taser on 11-year-old autistic girl (2013-06-23)

Posted on June 23 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Police taser an 11-year-old autistic girl from Ashland, Oregon, while she was walking along a highway at 4 in the morning –her case of autism is so severe, she cannot carry a conversation and she often runs away from home. State police say discharge most likely saved her life – she […]

UK – 12-year-old Merseyside girl shot by police with Taser (2013-06-05)

Posted on June 5 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : On 28 July 2011, a 12-year-old St Helens girl was shot by police with a Taser stun gun. Police: “The girl was armed with two knives in a public place, was threatening to harm herself and behaving aggressively towards the police. Taser was deployed as a means to safely detain the […]

UK – Police use tasers to tackle 14-year-olds (2013-06-04)

Posted on June 4 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : In the United Kingdom, 24 children – including a 12-year-old girl – have had 50,000-volt police tasers used on them in the past three years, according to official data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. Tasers delivering lower level shocks had been used on nearly 200 children 16 years old […]

USA – Tasered New Mexico 10-year-old boy sues police (2013-06-03)

Posted on June 3 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : On 4 May 2012, A 10-yr-old boy, identified as R.D., attended his school’s career day. He blacked out after receiving 50,000 volts of electricity when struck by a police officer’s Taser gun. The officer asked a group of boys which one would like to clean his patrol unit. R.D. raised his […]