Archive for the 'Coroner’s report / autopsies / post-mortems' Category

CANADA – Ontario: Roke inquest recommends Ottawa police Tasers, better training in mental health issues (2014-05-09)

Posted on May 9 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Matthew Roke, 33, who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia, died in May 2012 after he was shot by Ontario Provincial Police when he confronted them with a knife. The jury recommended that Tasers be available in all interactions between police and people armed with weapons other than firearms. More attention should be […]

CANADA – Ontario Police can use gun if threatened by knife, even if Taser available, training officer says (2014-04-24)

Posted on April 24 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Having a taser does not mean the police must use it … A police officer faced with a knife-wielding person threatening someone’s life would be permitted to use a gun even if a Taser was available, a coroner’s inquest heard Wednesday. Three minutes after paramedics found Matthew Roke, 33, who died from […]

CANADA – List of deaths in Canada following the use of the taser by police officers (2014-04-10)

Posted on April 11 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: this is the most reliable list of Canadians – 33 –  who died after they were tasered by the police. Source: TruthNotTasers blog. The table includes names, ages, locations. dates and the official cause of death, where this has been released, as concluded by Medical Examiners or at Inquest.]]   List of […]

CANADA – Inquest into teen’s Taser death in Winnipeg wraps until June (2014-04-09)

Posted on April 9 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: At the inquest on the taser-related death of Michael Langan, a police-officer says he yelled at Langan several times to drop the weapon, which the officer described as a knife with a three-inch blade – not very long! Michael Langan “had a diabolical smile on his face” (??? – scared, perhaps?) and […]

CANADA – Safety fears sparked Taser use, officer tells Winnipeg inquest (2014-04-08)

Posted on April 8 2014 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Michael Langan, 17, died in July 2008 after being tasered by a Winnipeg police officer. He was found by police “holding a knife” – and police claim they were acting appropriately in tasering him. The Winnipeg Police Service asked a witness to the episode, who said he heard officers yelling at […]

CANADA – Winnipeg teen ordered to drop knife after he was Tasered, witness says (2014-04-08)

Posted on April 8 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS – A witness at the fatality inquest into the July 22, 2008 death of Michael Langan, 17, says Police warned Michael to drop a knife only AFTER they shocked him with a Taser and he fell backwards to the ground. The police squealed to a halt in their car and immediately drew […]

CANADA – Inquest called into Winnipeg, Manitoba Taser death (2014-04-07)

Posted on April 7 2014 by admin

[[SUMMAY / COMMENTS: An inquest has begun into the death of Winnipeg teenager, Michael Brian Langan, 17, who suffered a fatal heart attack after police shocked him with a Taser. He died on July 22, 2008. Taser International lawyer David Neave – who also tried unsuccessfully to halt publication of the British Columbia Braidwood Inquiry […]

CANADA / QUEBEC – Funeral for Alain Magloire today in Longueuil (2014-02-06)

Posted on February 6 2014 by admin

[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Alain Magloire buried as controversy surrounds his shooting-death by Montreal Police. His family is demanding answers. A public inquiry into his death. According to police, Mr Magloire was shot while police were waiting for a taser to arrive on the scene. The inquiry is expected to examine procedures during emergency interventions involving […]

CANADA / QUEBEC – Un coroner réclame plus de pistolets électriques pour les policiers [Coroner calls for arming more police with tasers] (2014-02-06)

Posted on February 6 2014 by admin

[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Quebec coroner Dr Jean Brochu hascommented on tasers, following his inquiry into the shooting death of Mario Hamel and an innocent bystander in 2011. Now he calls for more police to be armed with tasers and more tasers rolled out – while also calling for more training of police for handling the […]

CANADA – Waterloo, Ontario Police turning to the public for input on Tasers and more (2014-02-06)

Posted on February 6 2014 by admin

[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The public will be consulted before Waterloo Police deploy tasers, in line with Ontario-wide policy of a roll-out of tasers to all municipal police units. The Waterloo police currently own 77 tasers, and nearly half of 770 police in the unit have been trained in their use. The police chief calls for […]

CANADA / QUEBEC – Montreal: Le Taser l’aurait sauvé… [The taser would have saved his life … ] (2014-02-05)

Posted on February 5 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A professor of criminology argues the shooting-death of Antoine Magloire could have been avoided if the police had had access to tasers. The police were under serious threat, perceived to be life-threatening. A Quebec coroner has called for more tasers, the shooting-death of Patrick Limoges in 2012, incidents in Toronto – […]

CANADA / QUEBEC – Just 150 of Montreal’s 4,500 cops have Taser training (2014-02-04)

Posted on February 4 2014 by admin

[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Following an article in La Presse, a call is made for arming more Montreal police with tasers: “Only 150” of them are currently trained to use Tasers. This follows the death of Alain Magloire, 42, who was gunned down Monday morning after brandishing a hammer. Mario Hamel, a psychiatric patient, was also […]

USA – Santa Ana, California: Ex-officers’ homeless death trial [following use of taser] nears closings (2014-01-06)

Posted on January 6 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: In 2011, Police brutalize Kelley Thomas, 37, a homeless man with many previous problems with the law: struck he is with batons, police pile on him, he is tasered and dies. In a month court hearing. Police were charged and a 30 min grainy video used in evidence. The coroner listed the […]

USA – Coroner: Man who died in Sacramento, California police custody suffered ‘excited delirium’ (2013-11-06)

Posted on November 6 2013 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS : John Nat Torretti Jr., 42 was tasered and died shortly afterwards in May 2013, following a brutal fight with police. The coroner concluded: “sudden death following violent struggle with law enforcement due to methamphetamine-induced excited delirium.”]] Sacramento Bee, by Tim Munigh The man who died in Sacramento police custody in […]

CANADA – Inquest into Toronto police-shooting deaths pulls back curtain on officers’ reality [Not directly about tasers] (2013-10-17)

Posted on October 17 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Inquests in Toronto are focusing on how police deal with the seriously mentally ill. In 3 cases (2010-2012) people in a mental health crisis were holding “an edged weapon,” a knife or scissors, and shot by police. They all died. A police college trainer testified that a Taser would not be […]

CANADA – Ontario Police deaths inquest: Police unlikely to use Tasers in knife incidents — or to consider mental state (2103-10-16)

Posted on October 16 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS :  Tasers are not an alternative to guns if suspect is holding a knife in 80 to 90% of situations, says a police college trainer at a coroner’s inquest: “In situations that are very serious, we have to have the firearm. . . to protect the officer, and to protect the public as […]

USA – Washington State: Second case of excited delirium, coroner decides (2013-10-15)

Posted on October 15 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Jason Nalls died in July 2103. The forsensic pathologist said he died of “excited delirium”, after being tasered. Following a police chase, Mr Nalls was handcuffed after he’d been tasered, although the probes may not have penetrated his clothing. A month earlier On June 29, Jesse Avina Morales, 21, died after […]

USA – South Carolina Coroner says heart problem, not Taser, killed man after high speed chase in Anderson County (2013-10-14)

Posted on October 14 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Tasered after high-speed chase, Brad Evans , 31, dies of heart attack concludes coroner. Amphetamines taken an hour earlier had caused his heart to race. Coroner’s Office said an autopsy found a man died from a heart condition, not a shock from a Taser, after a high-speed chase involving sheriff’s deputies […]

INDEPTH / CANADA : Retired judge [Braidwood] calls for clear taser rules (2013-10-04)

Posted on October 4 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Many important issues raised if tasers are rolled out to frontline officers in Ontario: criteria for using tasers: causing bodily harm or will imminently cause bodily harm (BC), and not just “assaultive behaviour” as in Ontario; taser-training; inquest findings that supposedly advocate more taser use; whether tasers are a method of […]

USA – San Bernadino, California – Kephart death [in May 2011] draws $4.25 million settlement (2013-10-03)

Posted on October 3 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Allen Kephart died after receiving multiple taser discharges in 2011 in what was clearly excessive use of force. The municipality has agreed to pay $4.25-million in damages to his family. The coroner determined the cause of death as “Obesity, Physical Duress in Altercation While Being Taken into Custody,” labeling Kephart’s death […]