Archive for the 'Elderly victims' 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 […]

USA – Indianopolis Cop who Tased Alzheimer’s patient won’t get job back (2014-05-13)

Posted on May 13 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Police officer who Tasered during 31 seconds a nursing home resident advanced-stage Alzheimer’s disease will not be getting his job back, two years after the event occurred. The officer claimed he utilized the Taser in an effort to minimize injury to Howard, and followed police policy that determines the use of a […]

USA – California: East Hollywood fatal officer-involved shooting investigation underway (2014-04-13)

Posted on April 13 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Unclear here whether the taser may have contributed to a homeless man’s death. Probably not, just police over-reaction: Los Angeles police use a taser in an altercation with a knife-armed suspect. Witnesses say the suspect was a homeless man who usually frequents the area. They described him as being elderly, between 70 […]

USA – Pennsylvania man, 76, Tasered SIX times [in 2012] because cops mistook him for his brother (2014-03-16)

Posted on March 16 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Robert Gross, now 77-years-old, was shot half a dozen times by cops armed with Taser guns, he claims in a lawsuit. The violent arrest occurred because police thought he was his brother Carl Gross Sr. Authorities were on the scene because nephew Carl Gross Jr called 911 to report his father was […]

IN-DEPTH: USA – Tasers, Intended As Nonlethal Weapons, Kill Far Too Often (2103-11-04)

Posted on November 4 2013 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A Connecticut Fox-TV reporter raises many of the disturbing issues relating to tasers. Some say taser use has to stop, as in the case of Seth Victor, 40, – and 12 other men in Connecticut – who died in September after he was tasered. West Hartford police are being sued […]

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 – Halton, Ontario: Tasering of Oakville man [Gerry Morgan], 79, in 2006 ‘eerily similar’ to recent case (2013-10-16)

Posted on October 16 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Tasering elederly man with Parkinson’s disease … Gerry Morgan, 79, had Parkinson’s disease and was confused, disoriented when police Tasered him in his home in November 2006. He had picked up knives in the kitchen and his wife called 911. He broke his hip when he fell and died several months […]

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: […]

UK – Birmingham Police shoot 83-year-old man with 50,000-volt Taser (2013-10-02)

Posted on October 2 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A look at West Midland tasers statistics compared to the UK norms: 573 members of the public tasered in the last 3 years: 153 people in 2010, rising to 198 in 2011. But that figure had increased to 222 in 2012 – a rise of almost 40 per cent on 2010. […]

USA – Texas Police Repeatedly Shot and Tasered a 67-Year-Old Alzheimer’s Patient – In Her Own Home (2013-09-26)

Posted on September 26 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : As her husband begged them to “put the gun away,” Texas police repeatedly shot and Tasered Dolores Seyfried, a demented 67-year-old woman, multiple times because she wouldn’t drop a letter opener, then told the husband they had “saved his ass,” he claims. The local Alzheimer’s Association protests and the episode “increased […]

USA – Park Forest, Illinois: Family Seeks Answers After Cops Shoot, Taser Elderly Man (2103-09-16)

Posted on September 16 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : 95-year-old man tasered then shot with bean bag shotgun then dies. A family is seeking answers after John Wrana died earlier this summer following an altercation with Park Forest police in a suburban nursing home. He was wobbly on his feet and suffering a physical and delusional episode, holding a knife […]

USA – Peru, Indiana: Firing Proper for Use of Taser [on June 17, 2012] – on Addled Senior (2013-09-12)

Posted on September 12 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : In this ongoing court case, the Indiana Court of Appeals has ruled that the police officer who repeatedly Tasered 64-year-old James Howard. a naked nursing home patient with Alzheimer’s disease, was properly fired. The officer zapped Howard five times for a total of 31 seconds.]] Courthouse News Service, by Jeff D. […]

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 — […]

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 – 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 […]

CANADA – Ontario woman, 80, fractures hip after being struck with police taser (2013-09-03)

Posted on September 3 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Ontario’s police watchdog (the SIU) is investigating an incident in which they say an 80-year-old woman suffered a fractured hip when she fell to the ground – potentially fatal – after she was struck by police with a Taser, at 3 am. The incident occurred one day after the province announced […]

SWITZERLAND – Stadtpolizisten setzten Taser gegen eine verwirrte Seniorin ein [Zurich City police used a Taser against a confused senior citizen (in 2006)] (2103-08-31)

Posted on August 31 2013 by admin

SWITZERLAND – Stadtpolizisten setzten Taser gegen eine verwirrte Seniorin ein. [Zurich City police used a Taser against a confused senior citizen [in 2006]]] (2103-08-31) [[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : In 2006, the Zurich police used a Taser against a confused 66-yr-old confused senior citizen, so she could be transferred to a hospital. The psychiatrist representing the […]

USA – Death By Taser: So Much For ‘Non-Lethal’ Police Weapons (2013-08-29)

Posted on August 29 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The taser remains a highly controversial weapon: this post describes several issues. On July 14, Zheng Diao, 76, was unable to speak English. As the police perceived Diao attempting the raise the knife to his throat, the police subdued the man with a Taser, causing Diao to fall on his face. […]