Archive for the 'Dementia' Category

CANADA – Mississuaga, Ontario Woman Tasered last year by Peel police dies (2014-05-21)

Posted on May 21 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Iole Pasquale, 80, living in a retirement home and suffering from dementia was Tasered twice last year after police found her on the street with a bread knife. The cause of death was probably heart failure and is not being attributed to the taser. The police lack o due indulgence, according to […]

CANADA – Tasered Mississauga, Ontario senior files $1.1M lawsuit against cops (2013-11-02)

Posted on November 2 2013 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS : An 80-year-old Mississauga, Ont., woman with dementia and her daughter are suing three police officers and the Peel Regional Police Services Board for Tasering the elderly woman twice on August 28, during an incident that left her with a broken hip. The senior is suing for $1.1 million and her […]

CANADA – Toronto: Tasers are a tool, not a cure-all for police (2013-10-11)

Posted on October 11 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Tasering in Peel, Ontario of 80-yr-old dementia sufferer in August shows tasers no magic cure-all for police. Need for more training and better communications skills to avoid repetition of such incidents.]] Toronto Sun Editorial Anyone who thinks Tasers are a magic cure-all when police confront armed individuals who are behaving irrationally […]

CANADA – Ontario: Peel cop who used Taser on 80-year-old with dementia won’t be charged (2013-10-09)

Posted on October 9 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A case-study for taser-training discussion? Would be good …  OK to taser 80 yr-old woman with dementia? The Ontario Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has just cleared a Peel Regional Police supervisor who used his stun gun twice on the confused, elderly widow, Iole Pasquale, causing her to fall and break her […]

CANADA – Dartmouth, Nova Scotia stun gun investigation [used in nursing home] continues (2013-10-04)

Posted on October 4 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Was this “de-escalation” or inappropriate taser use? An elderly dementia patient at a Dartmouth nursing home was tasered by police in September. The 80 year-old man was acting aggressively, “wielding a piece of wood with nails in it”, pepper sprayed and tasered. The provincial guidelines warn of situations to be avoided: […]

CANADA – Mississauga, Ontario: Tasering of 80-year-old woman with dementia alarms experts (2013-09-06)

Posted on September 6 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : On 28 August – a day after Ontario said all front-line officers would be allowed to carry Tasers – police tasered 80-yr-old dementia sufferer Iole Pasquale who was wandering around her home in the middle of the night clutching a knife who was wandering with a knife when she got Tasered — […]

CANADA – Peel, Ontario: Tasered senior’s daughter disputes police account (2013-09-05)

Posted on September 5 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The family of Iole Pasquale, 80 years old, and suffering from dementia is protesting the use of the taser –twice – against her by Peel police. The electrical charge disrupted her motor skills and she fell to the ground, breaking her hip. “The police should have defused that situation.” Although she […]

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 – New South Wales police chief backs tasering man, 84 (2012-08-14)

Posted on August 14 2012 by admin

[[Summary / Comments : Is taser the appropriate way of controlling an 84-yr-old man with dementia? Police were “forced to Taser” an elderly man with dementia who was armed and threatening his wife, the NSW Police Commissioner says. The man was in his house with a Stanley knife in hand, and deployed the stun gun […]

USA – Omaha Police zapped man, 79, with Taser (2012-05-23)

Posted on May 13 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT: Omaha police shocked a nursing home resident with a Taser last month after the 79-year-old man with dementia threatened officers with a fistful of safety pins. Relatives of Rodell Cole don’t understand why the incident happened. They plan to file a complaint with the Omaha Police Department. Experts in law enforcement and […]

USA – Stillwater, Minnesota nursing home resident [79-yr-old man suffering from severe dementia] subdued with Taser (2012-02-22)

Posted on February 22 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A 79-yr-old man suffering from severe dementia in a nursing home is tasered after he reportedly used a ballpoint pen to stab a female employee in the chest and then refused to put the pen down. It was 5.30 am. The police tried to reason with him: He was zapped after the […]

USA – Melbourne, Florida: Rally raises awareness of police incident – Dozens support 66-year-old [suffering from dementia] tasered during arrest (2012-02-05)

Posted on February 5 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS – Albert Flowers, a 66-rear-old suffering from dementia, was was tasered by a police officer in October 2011, called to investigate reports of a disturbance involving a man with a knife – Mr Flowers apparently threatening his employees. The police turned off the dashboard video camera but it was later recovered and […]

USA – Florida: Fallout Continues After Police Officer Beats Elderly Man Suffering From Dementia [Video] (2012-01-22)

Posted on January 22 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A police officer in Florida are facing some serious charges after he beat and then had a fellow officer taser a 66-year-old elderly man suffering from dementia. This is caught on video. First police kicked and punched, then tasered the clearly disturbed man. Police turned off the their car’s video. The police […]