Archive for the 'Crowd control' Category

CANADA – Edmonton, Alberta Police chief told to lay disciplinary charges in Stanley Cup arrest (2014-03-25)

Posted on March 25 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Some eight years later, disciplinary charges will be laid against a constable who arrested lawyer Brian Fish during the 2006 Stanley Cup celebrations. Brian Fish showed up, when he was called by his son who said the police were getting “out of control”. Mr Fish started taking pictures. One officer pulled him […]

CANADA – Edmonton, Alberta police again on hot seat over 2006 Stanley Cup Tasering (2013-10-30)

Posted on October 30 2013 by admin

[[Brian Fish, a 73-yr-old  Edmonton lawyer says he’s still looking for justice 7 years after he was wrongfully arrested and tasered at the 2006 Edmonton Stanley Cup celebrations, His son phoned him to says the police were getting out-of-control. He arrived with a camera. When police told him to stop, he refused. Fish said he […]

GLOBAL – World Non-Lethal Weapons Market (2013–2018) (2013-09-25)

Posted on September 25 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS (of Maryland) publishes a new market research report on “Defense: the Non-Lethal Weapons Market (2013 – 2018)”. The global market is estimated to be $880.5 million in 2013 and is expected to register a combined annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.42% to reach $1,146.2 million by 2018; this reflects the change […]

BRAZIL – Protestos de 7 de Setembro têm confronto em 11 capitais do país [7 September protests in 11 State capitals bring system to a slowdown (Taser used in Belo Horizonte)] (2013-09-07)

Posted on September 7 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : (This is an edited google-translation; the original Portuguese text is below, in italics.) Note the section in both texts in bold – the only reference to tasers. Independence Day – 7 September – became a day of protest. In Belo Horizonte , the police used taser non-lethal stun guns on protester, […]

BRAZIL – Apesar de críticas, PM fez curso para controlar massas antes de atos no RJ [Despite criticism, Rio military police are still learning how to control demonstrators – including the use of tasers] (2013-08-27)

Posted on August 27 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : (Edited translation from Portuguese; the original text appears below the translation, in italics. A long post. The Rio de Janerio military police are undergoing $7.7 million training in non-lerthal weapons in preparation for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, particularly “Crowd Control and Civil Disorders”, taught by Spanish officers, including tasers – […]

BRAZIL – Police officers use a Taser gun on a demonstrator during a protest against corruption in Rio (2013-07-28)

Posted on July 28 2013 by admin

  [[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A somewhat questionable site reports – with photographic evidence (see at the URL at the end) – the use of tasers against protesters during the Pope’s visit to Rio de Janeiro. ]] RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – ( – July 28, 2013-Thousands of Brazilians take the streets to protest the Papal […]

INDIA – Taser stun guns enter National Security Guards’s VIP security arsenal (2013-02-08)

Posted on February 8 2013 by admin

[[Summary / Comments: Tasers are being introduced to protect senior politicians – apparently to ne used against protesters attempting to slap or throw ink or shoes at major politicians, «This is something that immobilises the body for a few minutes, giving us time to react,” we are told, as if the taser were not an […]

RUSSIA – Police to Wield Powerful Electric Stun Devices [not TASER Inc. equipment] (2013-01-29)

Posted on January 29 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT: The Interior Ministry is planning to spend 60 million rubles ($2,000,000) – about $400 a unit – to buy 7,000 AIR-107U electric-shock batons, which will be issued to police officers for self-defense and for use during football matches or mass protests. We read rather illogically: “It makes no sense to issue firearms […]

SOUTH AFRICA – Taser attacker a former police patroller (2012-05-16)

Posted on May 16 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT: A member of the Democratic Alliance (DA) opposition party is attacked by a bodyguard (ex- police office) of the Congress of South African Trade Union (COSATU) – close to the governing ANC – with a taser. She says: “… The guy with the Taser first tried to push it into my face, […]

UKRAINE – На видео, которое снимал студент киевского университета, отчетливо [Police taser violence in Donetsk, Ukraine EURO-2012 : filmed by Kiev University student] (2102-05-03)

Posted on May 3 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT: In what appears to be a relatively non-violent confrontation between four police officers and several youth in the town of Donetsk, in the Ukraine, one hears the distinctive crackling of the taser as youths are forced into the back of the police vehicle. No accompanying text, no direct link to the European […]

MOROCCA / US Military – Marines and Moroccans conduct Peace Support Operations (2012-04-16)

Posted on April 16 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The US Marines as TASER International salesmen? Marines in a cooperative exercise with Moroccan military provided training in non-lethal techniques – including tasers – to prevent an escalation of force during crowd uprisings. Peacekeepers are often faced with problems in delivering humanitarian aid and disaster relief. Non-lethal arms may be essential. […]

BRAZIL – 1964 Revolution Commemoration Disrupted [Security forces accused of using taser] (2012-03-29)

Posted on March 29 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Do the Brazilian security forces use tasers? Unconfirmed use of a Taser against a young woman. In all, 52 police officers – Military police and a Riot Police – responding to a demonstration to commemorate the 48th anniversary of the March 31st, 1964 military coup in Brazil. A police spokesman denied that […]

UK – Police confirm use of tasers during Dale Farm eviction (2012-03-15)

Posted on March 15 2012 by admin

 [[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: TASERS were used to evict travellers from their campsite, it is confirmed in an official report. Was this justified? Police fired twice as police secured Dale Farm Travellers site for eviction. The same man, who was threatening officers with a plank of wood with a nail through it, was targeted both times. Seven […]

BRAZIL – Policiais do 6º BPM de Corumbá recebem curso de Taser [Training in the use of tasers for the 6th Military Police Battalion in Corumbá, Brazil] (2012-02-06)

Posted on February 2 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : [ Our translation: the original Portuguese follows this brief report] Corumbá (pop. 100,000) in western Brazil is training its police (military police in Brazil) in using tasers to “target criminals” at this year’s Carnival. The tasers are, predictably, described as “non-lethal” and harmless to by-standers. Note the term “electric waves” to […]

SOUTH AFRICA – Chaos at Vaal University of Technology registration [tasers used against angry students] (2012-01-24)

Posted on January 24 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: This is the first reported use of tasers in South Africa – to quell an angry crowd of students in long line-ups, waiting to register. The South African Broadcasting Service (SABC) reported, according to this article, that “students started pushing each other, causing security guards to intervene with batons, pepper spray and […]

EGYPT – Islamist ‘Morality Police’ to train volunteers in using electric batons [TASERS] (2012-01-12)

Posted on January 12 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: In a highly disturbing report “Al Ahram”– long regarded as Agypt’s leading daily newspaper – in its English online edition reports that a controversial hardliner group in Egypt announces that it purchased 1000 tasers to help its cadre defend themselves as they ‘promote virtue’ and ‘combat vice’ on the country’s streets. (Note: […]

UK – London: Oxford Street stabbing – police deny using Taser to control youths (2011-12-27)

Posted on December 27 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS – Despite the clear evidence on CCTV video – you can hear the rattle of the taser on the video – the London police deny using a taser to handle an ugly gang violence scene in which one gang-member was stabbed to death that erupted on Oxford Street on Boxing Day – […]

UK – London: The moment police Tasered a bystander as they try to regain control of Oxford Street crowd in frenzy over stabbing (2011-12-27)

Posted on December 27 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Police intervened in a stabbing and murder scene on London’s main shopping street – Oxford St. – on the busiest shopping day of the year: Boxing Day (Dec. 26). Police used a taser on at least pone youth – as can be seen clearly on a tape (along with the characteristic […]

UK – London: The moment police Tasered a bystander as they try to regain control of Oxford Street crowd in frenzy over stabbing (2011-12-27)

Posted on December 27 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Police use a taser in the aftermath of what appears to be a gangland murder in the busiest place in the United Kingdom on the busiest shopping day: Oxford Street in London on Boxing Day (26 December). The “rattlesnake” firing can be heard distinctly on the video available on this site […]

UK – London Police: Response to YouTube footage of Taser (2011-12-27)

Posted on December 27 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : In an official statement, London Metropolitan Police denydischarging the taser in the crowded 26 December murder of an 18-year-old man in Oxford Street in what appears a gang slaying. This is contradicted by the distinct rattle-snake sound audible on the Daily Mail video posted earlier. That sound can only be the […]