Archive for the 'Complaints' Category

NEW ZEALAND – Commander upholds police complaints (2013-09-05)

Posted on September 5 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Marlborough area police commander has upheld veteran protester complaints against police over their actions at the Waihopai spy base protest in January, recognising that police had breached policy by wearing Tasers at a protest and that they had not acted to the standard police should.]] Marlborough Express, by Cathie Belll Marlborough area […]

USA – Portland, Oregon police officials were repeatedly warned about Taser use before federal inquiry (2012-09-19)

Posted on September 19 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: For the past three years, outside consultants, Portland’s city auditor, federal juries and a citizens’ oversight panel have sent the same message to Portland police: rein in officers’ use of the Taser stun gun and limit the cycles of electrical shock that officers can fire. All to no avail: Instead, the chief […]

USA – Powder Springs, Georgia: officer reprimanded in Taser incident [tasering twice a handcuffed black driver at traffic stop] (2012-02-24)

Posted on February 24 2012 by admin


CANADA – RCMP has made strides in reducing Taser use: watchdog (2011-10-08)

Posted on October 11 2011 by admin

 [[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Canada’s national police force has reduced the use of controversial Taser stun guns significantly in the past three years, according to RCMP has ordered a higher threshold for their use, there are “extensive delays” in applying the new policy. However, for various reasons, the Complaints Commission is unable to provide a full […]

USA – Harris county, Texas: Taser warnings go unheeded in Harris County (2011-06-27)

Posted on June 27 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT: In a review of Sheriff’s Office reports of Taser usage, deputies appear to be not following national guidelines or product warnings in three key areas: stunning suspects in the chest, using Tasers against people who aren’t physically resisting and stunning subjects multiple times.]] By JAMES PINKERTON HOUSTON CHRONICLE June 27, 2011, 7:58AM […]

USA – Hartford, Connecticut: U.S. Justice Department Study urges police to be cautious with stun guns (2011-05-27)

Posted on May 27 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: “Police officers using stun guns should avoid shooting suspects multiple times or for prolonged periods to reduce the risk of potential injury or death, according to a new U.S. Justice Department study prompted by hundreds of police-involved deaths across the country. Coroners and other medical experts on the study panel concluded that […]

USA – New Report Details Eugene, Oregon, Police Department Accomplishments and Challenges [Taser use substantially down] (2011-05-23)

Posted on May 24 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Eugene, Oregon is working seriously to improve relations with the ublic, part of this involving reduced taser usage: “Last year EPD used a taser 20 times — much less than the previous year — and extremely low compared to other cities across the U.S.”]], by Jessica Debbas EUGENE, Ore. — Eugene’s […]

UK – Tasered youth at Royal Wedding party [in Falmouth, Devon] accuses ‘heavy-handed’ police (2011-05-11)

Posted on May 11 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: “A teenager tasered by police at a Royal Wedding street party yesterday accused officers of ‘police brutality’ claiming he had told officers he was not resisting before being targeted on the ground … Footage taken on a mobile phone shows him on the floor being restrained by two officers after being hit […]

TASER Inc. – Press release “Proud to announce the new ‘Police POV’ tv series” (2011-04-15)

Posted on April 23 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: “Premiering Sunday, April 17, POLICE POV (TruTV) Shows One of Law Enforcement’s Most Valuable New Tools for Evidence With TASER’s On-Officer Camera System – the AXON, showing the police-officer’s point of view with head-held cameras, TASER’s own product.” Emphasis on “law enforcement action from the officer’s point-of-view (POV) during every chase, shootout, […]

BELIZE – Gang Supression Unit: Bigger Guns, More Force, But Is It More Effective? (2011-04-08)

Posted on April 9 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: “Sambula got one of the Taser and shocked me here. When he shocked me and i felt what it felt like I drew back and he pushed it on me again. It was more than one of them and they crowded me and shocked me all over ” …. Belize City – […]

USA – Olympia, Washington State: “City should drop its frivolous defense” (2011-02-25)

Posted on March 15 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: a woman detained by the police was ordered to undress by the all-male officers. When she refused to so unless in the presence of female police-officer, she was tasered in the breast: the city of Olympia (pop. 47,000) was clearly acting illegally and now faces a major lawsuit … ]] The Olympian, […]

USA – Illinois Man Tasered by police gets $50K: Police Taser handcuffed man in a jail cell; jury says rights were violated (2012-02-22)

Posted on March 4 2011 by admin

   [[GlobalShock: In an all-too-typical case of taser abuse: “Two police officers were recently found guilty in a police brutality case that awarded the victim $50,000 for medical expenses and emotional distress, the victim’s attorney said. On Jan. 28, a jury ruled in favor of Jose Santana, a man who claimed he was beaten and […]

USA – Excessive Force: Des Moines, Washington, police needlessly kill Newfoundland dog (2010-11-16)

Posted on February 13 2011 by admin

[[Summary / comments: This story – from a blog, confirmed by many other reports on this incident. November 7, 2010. Large and very friendly Labrador (Rosie) escaped from owner’s yard, neighbour called police to sy she’s found her, not acting aggressively. Police arrive and report “I was approximately 10-15 yards from the dog’s location. I […]

USA – Des Moines, Washington: ‘Misdemeanor Criminal Complaint’ Animal Cruelty Lawsuit Filed Against 2 Police (2012-02-11)

Posted on February 13 2011 by admin

[[ Summary / comments: In this and a series of neighbours’ blogs which appear eminently reliable  … Following 2 taser discharges, the Newfoundld dog (120 lbs, lovable) hid under a neighbour’s bush. Police came and killed Rosie with 4 successive bullets. The dog was threatening no-one. Police said they felt threatened. This tells us a […]

USA – Highlights from Spokane Mayor’s State of the City Address [Taser complaints to ombudsman’s website] (2011-02-11)

Posted on February 13 2011 by admin

Pacific NW Inlander, by DANIEL.WALTERS [[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: “The mayor alluding, momentarily, to the shooting controversies that continue to dog law enforcement [not the law on shooting dogs!]: “We continue to address public demand for greater accountability in our Police Department. Thanks to the work of the Council and concerned citizens, we revised the duties […]

SOUTH AFRICA – There is war in Cape Town [“electric tasers” are part of it] (2010-10-02)

Posted on February 12 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: This is a press release by the “Mandela Park Backyarders”. Interesting to GlobalShock because it shows the apparent “slippage” of tasers (manufactured by TASER Inc. ???) into the “land battle” to fight government orders to leave unregistered squatter-settlement land. The ANC seems to be prolonging the hated apartheid regime’s policies. The only […]

UK – Prodding the Home Office to Resume Publishing Statistics on TASER use by the Police (2011-01-31)

Posted on January 31 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Richard Taylor is a persistent critic of official taser disinformation in the UK, particularly the faiulure of MPs to demand that data be publicly available on taser use. “Since the change in Government, the frequency and type of reporting of taser use has still to be decided by the Ministers” – the […]

USA & TASER Inc. – 9th Circuit hears 2 big ECD cases (2011-01-28)

Posted on January 28 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Readers should note the source: TASER Inc. has approved this report. The magazine PoliceOne here clearly identified as “sponsored” by TASER Inc.  The 9th circuit is a US major juirisdiction. Author Greg Banks gives the most Taser-positive report on complex legal disputes on two still-to-be-resolved cases involving (1) “a pregnant woman who […]

USA – Dallas officer is among several suing Taser, alleging injuries during training (2011-01-19)

Posted on January 19 2011 by admin

USA – Texas Judge sentences convicted officer to 90 days probation (2011-01-18)

Posted on January 18 2011 by admin

[[GlobalShock: A police officer convicted of Official Oppression for using a Taser on a man during a traffic stop – prosecutors said the use of force was unnecessary in this case – was sentenced to 90 days probation. Convicted by a jury of a “Class A Misdemeanor”, he could have received up to 1 year […]