Archive for the 'Civil libertarian lawyers' Category

USA – Torturing Children at School (2014-04-11)

Posted on April 11 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Civil rights lawyers are filing complaints about dangerous disciplinary practices involving tasers cropping up all over the country. In Texas, a disabled 15-year-old was shocked with a Taser three times during an interrogation at school, resulting in punctured lungs. And in New York, civil rights lawyers have sued the city of Syracuse […]

CANADA – Saskatoon police Taser policy should go further, civil liberties group says (2013-10-28)

Posted on October 28 2013 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Abby Deshman of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association is concerned with the threshold for taser use in Saskatoon, limited to “immediate need for control due to a high risk of death or serious bodily harm.” The Braidwood Inquiry wanted actually causing bodily harm or would imminently cause this. The police […]

UK – Liverpool: Tasering man, 23, who then suffered a heart attack was justified says police watchdog as it recommends ‘further training’ for officers involved (2013-09-27)

Posted on September 27 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Five people are tasered each day in England and Wales. Last September, James McCarthy, 23 was tasered twice – including 11 second burst. He required life-saving care after incident in Liverpool. Cardiac arrest could have been caused by Taser, according to medics. Police watchdog – IPCC – finds delay in conducting […]

CANADA – Ontario: Canadian Civil Liberties Association: Government focus should be on police de-escalation techniques, not expanded Taser use (2013-08-27)

Posted on August 27 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Thee CCLA press release following the Ontario government’s decision to expand taser deployment in the province. Need for de-escalation training and mental health and disability crisis response teams not expanded taser use. While there are extreme situations in which the taser can be effective, misuse of the taser – it becomes […]

UK – Fresh concern raised over Taser safety after seventh death in 10 years (2013-07-11)

Posted on July 11 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The death of that Jordan Begley, 23, in Manchester after he was tasered makes him the seventh person to die after being shot with a Taser since they were introduced in Britain in 2003. Three months ago a man in Plymouth, who was doused in a flammable liquid, died when he burst […]

USA – A federal case in Colwyn, Philadelphia [a police-officer tasers a 16-yr-old shackled to a bench] (2012-11-17)

Posted on November 17 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A clear case of police/taser abuse, resulting in no charges against the police-officer involved: A Delaware County judge acquitted former Colwyn police Cpl. Trevor Parham of charges related to the Tasering of Da’Qwan Jackson, then 16, while he was shackled to a bench in a holding cell. He was cursing and ineffectually […]

AUSTRALIA – Police urged to make Taser training harder (2012-11-15)

Posted on November 15 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Is taser-training rigorous enough? Following he death of Brazilian student Roberto Laudisio Curti, Australian Civil liberties groups say police training for the use of Tasers is highly inadequate and should be dramatically improved before police are allowed to use them. New South Wales Police are accredited to use Tasers after just eight […]

AUSTRALIA – Fresh taser debate sparked in Australia [following inquests into the deaths of two men] (2012-11-14)

Posted on November 14 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Fresh debate has been sparked over the use of Tasers by police, after inquest findings over the death of two men – Queensland man and a Brazilian student – in Australia were handed down today. “they save lives” claims the manufacturer, “police rely on them as a technical quick-fix and move away […]

UK – Specialist lawyers take on case of tasered Chorley, Lancashire man (2012-10-25)

Posted on October 25 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Blind Colin Farmer, 61, who is recovering after being tasered by mistake, has instructed Sophie Khan, of McMillan Williams Solicitors, a solicitor-advocate specialising in taser-related injuries, to represent him in his civil claim for compensation against the police. Mr Farmer, who has suffered two strokes in recent years, was walking in Peter […]

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, […]

NEW ZEALAND – Taser use by Police in New Zealand [“ – Shocking!”]. (2012-02-28)

Posted on February 28 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Brief article in a Canadian Civil Liberties Union newsletter: Since March 2010, New Zealand police have used tasers 890 times, despite criticisms including the New Zealand Civil Liberties Council depiction of its use as “inhumane” . The taser seems to be becoming police-officers’ weapon of choice.]] Canadian Civil Liberties Union, by Laura […]

USA – New Orleans: ACLU Takes Aim At Police Use Of Tasers : Lawsuit Claims Tourist Suffered Long-Term Injuries (2011-12-22)

Posted on December 22 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The American CIvil Liberties Union (ACLU)  calls tasers “dangerous weapons that can inflict serious, even fatal injury.” This case involves Geoffrey Clayton who was suffering an episode brought on by post-traumatic stress disorder after being in the U.S. military. According to a federal lawsuit, an New Orleans police officer stunned him […]

UK – The London Metropolitan Police must heed the warnings about Tasers (2011-12-12)

Posted on December 12 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS :A British lawyer (solicitor) warns that “this weapon can kill – it should be restricted to life-threatening circumstances”. The new Met police chief calling for a widespread introduction of the Taser stun gun onto the streets of our cities. This backdoor militarisation of our unarmed police force, if implemented, would end centuries […]

USA – New York Civil Liberties Union Study Finds Misuse of Tasers by Police Across New York State (2011-10-19)

Posted on October 19 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS : NYCLU Analysis Finds Misuse of Tasers by Police Across NY State; Police officers throughout New York State are consistently misusing and overusing Tasers. “Taking Tasers Seriously: The Need for Better Regulation of Stun Guns in New York“, just published , analyzes 851 Taser incident reports from eight police departments across the state as well […]

UK – Taser-related deaths raise concerns over ‘non-lethal’ police options [7 UK deaths in the last 2 years] (2011-08-24)

Posted on August 24 2011 by admin

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 – Arizona: Report Shreds Argument Tasers Result in Less Use of Lethal Force by Arizona Police (2011-06-31)

Posted on July 1 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A June 2011 ACLU Arizona report – the “most comprehensive survey of Taser use by law enforcement agencies in Arizona to date,” – illuminates the following key findings: Tasers are widespread among law enforcement, providing officers with Tasers does not guarantee lower levels of use of lethal force, officers often receive inconsistent […]

USA – American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona: Tasers: A force to be reckoned with (2011-06-30)

Posted on June 30 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Contrary to claims by Taser proponents, the frequency of deployment of lethal force has not declined with the advent of Tasers. Criticism of police use of the weapon has mounted around the country. Arizona has not escaped this controversy. Transparency will also promote positive community relations in light of controversy surrounding Taser […]

USA – Judgment vs. Taser [in Salinas Heston conviction] reduced (2011-05-20)

Posted on May 22 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: “Scottsdale-based Taser International Inc. said Friday a federal appeals court significantly reduced the amount of money a jury ordered the company to pay following a 2008 lawsuit over the use of one its stun guns.” But they were still held liable, meaning their claim to non-responsibility was rejected. “Doug Klint, Taser’s attorney, […]

USA – San Antonio, Texas: “Schools’ use of force policies [including use of tasers] should be shared with parent” (2011-05-06)

Posted on May 8 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Many Texas school boards do not even inform parents that they use tasers against school-children – “the public interest law center Texas Appleseed is going to court to change that”. This interesting public-advocacy group (in what outsiders sometimes consider “red-neck” territory) is calling for changes in the use-of-force in the school system […]