Archive for the 'Crisis Intervention Training (CIT)' Category

USA – Chelsea, Massachusetts man dies after [taser] struggle with police (2014-06-27)

Posted on June 27 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Another death following taser use. Dominic Graffeo, 56, died after police “tried to subdue him with a taser”, which “he was able to block”. Police were called for “an emotionally disturbed person”. Mr Graffeo had barricaded himself in his room and refused to talk to a crisis negotiator used by the police. […]

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 – Mounties say Taser didn’t work on distraught Saskatchewan man (2014-05-01)

Posted on May 1 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY/COMMENTS: rcmp says a taser didn’t work on a man “who had weapons” – only then did they call in crisis negotiators, a police dog unit and the Emergency Response Team.]] PILOT BUTTE, Sask. – Saskatchewan RCMP say they fired a Taser at a man but it didn’t work. Mounties say they were called […]

AUSTRALIA – Mental health training introduced for New South Wales police working on the frontline (2014-02-24)

Posted on February 24 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: In the light of the rise of confrontation with people suffering from mental health problems, frontline police officers in New South Wales will be given training on how to handle incidents involving such people. Although this will involve only a full-day course, it is a step in the right direction. “If a […]

USA – Los Angeles Police Beat and Taser an Innocent Deaf Man – Cops attacked the man as he tried to signal to them that he was deaf (2014-02-18)

Posted on February 18 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Hawthorne police beat and Tasered a deaf man as he signaled to them that he was deaf. He used hand gestures to try to tell police he is deaf and was lawfully at the home of a friend. Police disregarded his gestures and tasered him. The attack could have been avoided had […]

CANADA – Toronto: Jury recommends de-escalation in police confrontations with the mentally ill [no taser mentioned] (2014-02-12)

Posted on February 12 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: An excellent conclusion: Following the death of three mentally ill Toronto residents who were shot by police – Reyal Jardine-Douglas, Sylvia Klibingaitis and Michael Eligon were all gunned down after approaching officers with knives or scissors – a coroner’s jury recommends that Police should “maximize emphasis on verbal de-escalation techniques” in their […]

USA – Hamden, Connecticut: Epileptic man files suit against Hamden police over use of Taser (2014-01-26)

Posted on January 26 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Man tasered while having an epileptic fit on January 18. Robert Marzullo of Hamden has filed a lawsuit against the town and the Police Department after he was Tasered by two officers while having an epileptic seizure in his car. Mr Marzullo drove off the road, hit a wall. Police intervened when […]

USA – Anne Arundel County, Maryland Police Train on Dealing With Mentally Disabled After Taser Incident (2013-09-20)

Posted on September 21 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : An all-too-rare example of a constructive consequence of tasering – of a mentally disabled man: Officers in one police district are to be taught how to deal with the mentally disabled. The focus is on speaking calmly, empathy and not acting violently … : “If it’s a situation where the actions […]

CANADA – Sudbury, Ontario: Front-line police should not be armed with Tasers (2013-09-18)

Posted on September 18 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A particularly well-argued letter to the editor of an Ontario paper about providing the police with tasers (see also the 89 comments here): Tasers are not needed; police must be better able to respond physically to threatening suspects; juries which say the taser does not cause death are mistaken; “excited delirium” […]

USA – Peru, Indiana cop who tased Alzheimer’s patient won’t get job back (2013-09-05)

Posted on September 5 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A Court of Appeals reverses a lower court judgment to re-instate an officer who last year Tased – for a duration of 31 seconds – 64-year-old James Howard, a nursing home resident with Alzheimer’s disease. The officer had claimed he utilized the Taser in an effort to minimize injury to Howard, […]

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 […]

CANADA – Simcoe County, Ontario: Taser death accidental, coroner’s jury rules (2013-07-23)

Posted on July 23 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The five-panel coroner’s inquest jury ruled the death of Aron Firman an “accident”. An autopsy concluded his death was from cardiac arrhythmia and the jury agreed. The cause was due to excited delirium and schizophrenia, with the Taser and a heart defect as contributing factors, the jury determined. Aron’s father is […]

USA – West Lafayette, Indiana – Dementia training required for officers (2013-05-14)

Posted on May 14 2013 by admin

[[Summary / Comments : The taser is not the appropriate instrument to deal with combative Alzheimer’s patients! Police are being trained to de-escalate such encounters, following a June 2012 episode, when a Police Officer used a stun gun three times on a 64-year-old man with Alzheimer’s disease, for being combative. Now, according to a bill […]

AUSTRALIA – Victoria – The Human Rights Legal Centre says Victoria Police should invest in police training, rather than arming officers with Tasers (2103-05-13)

Posted on May 13 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The Victoria Human Rights Law Centre says police should be trying harder to avoid difficult escalation in altercations with the public: “In our view the money spent on the Taser rollout in Victoria would actually be better spent on training police to de-escalate situations and actually equip them with the skills […]

USA – Vermont: Lawmakers, advocates introduce stun gun bill (2013-02-12)

Posted on February 12 2013 by admin

[[Summary / Comments: A bill before the Vermont State legislature, co-sponsored by 30 legislators, would prevent a death like Macadam Mason’s in June 2012 from happening again. “His death was completely unnecessary” says a legislator, who knew him personally. Police with access to tasers would get training in mental health issues to prevent their “unwarranted” […]

USA – Indianapolis, Indiana: Taser incident spurs bill filing. Proposal requires officers to get training about Alzheimer’s (2013-01-09)

Posted on January 9 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A politician has introduced legislation requiring law enforcement officers to attend training on how to interact with people with Alzheimer’s disease, following the tasering last year of a 64-year-old nursing home resident with advance-stage Alzheimer’s. James Howard, 64, was Tasered five times at a Nursing Home. “As Alzheimer’s becomes more prevalent, instances […]

USA – Salt Lake City, Utah Family gets $2M settlement from Hurricane in Taser death (2013-01-08)

Posted on January 8 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Hurricane city (population 14,000) has paid $2 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of Brian Cadall who died in 2009 after being shocked twice with a Taser by police. The family of Brian Cardall, who had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, continues their advocacy work with National […]

USA – ACLU opposes San Francisco Police Department taser deployment (2013-01-06)

Posted on January 6 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: This article is particularly important in showing that better Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) – see section in italics –  is needed,  rather than taser deployment. The ACLU is leading opposition to providing the San Francisco Police Department Crisis Intervention Team officers with tasers, emphasizing that costly tasers would generate heavy legal fees […]

CANADA / QUEBEC – Montreal: Mort de Patrick Limoges – le coroner encourage l’usage du pistolet Taser [The death of Patrick Limoges: the coroner proposes using more tasers] (2012-12-05)

Posted on December 5 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Two deaths occurred when an itinerant, with a long history of psychiatric problems, slashed garbage a threatened police officer with a knife, and an innocent bystander from a rickosheting police bullet. The coroner proposes “more tasers and better training”, bizarrely arguing the taser is appropriate in situations where by-standers and close-by the […]

AUSTRALIA – Mentally ill drain police resources (2012-11-15)

Posted on November 15 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: As in most industrialized countries, early half of all critical incident callouts for Victoria Police involve a mentally ill person, with disturbed people frequently taken to hospital by police vans. The police say they are “overwhelmed”. Need for an overhaul of mental health training for police and a dedicated psychiatric facility that […]