Archive for the 'Epileptic seizure' Category

USA – Delco, Philadelphia man Tasered by police after suffering seizure (2014-03-20)

Posted on March 20 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Darren Scott, 48, is being held on assault charges. On March 12, he was “extremely combative” and tasered twice. In fact, he was having a seizure. Across America, there are more than 400 cases annually in which those who suffered seizures end up being charged with assault or resisting arrest…]] Philadelphia Inquirer, […]

USA – Illinois: Suit alleges Taser, chemical spray used on epileptic in Sangamon County Jail (2014-02-12)

Posted on February 12 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The use of tasers in prisons: A serious federal lawsuit filed Wednesday contends that correctional officers used chemical spray and a taser to subdue an inmate, Richard E. Haley Jr., 37, who was having an epileptic seizure. After his third seizure, guards used pepper spray (or mace) when he refused to get […]

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 […]

UK – Taser®: Recommendations: Clinical Effects and Management of Those Subjected to Taser® Discharge (2013-09-20)

Posted on September 20 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The UK Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine provides overall guidelines and recommendations. How the X26 can be used to produce additional shocks. The distinction between probe mode and drive-stun mode. “In the UK, the overwhelming majority of police uses involving discharge of the Taser® X26 occur in probe mode.” Health […]

USA – Knoxville, Tennessee: ‘I See This Every Day’ [man in epileptic seizure tasered] (2013-07-02)

Posted on July 2 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Zachary Allen Dunfee is suing Sevierville Police Department, the city, and two police Officers after beinmg tasered because it looked like he was having a seizure due to consumption of or withdrawal from methamphetamine or bath salts. His mother had called 911 for a medical emergency because he was having a […]

USA – Vermont- Attorney General: Trooper justified in firing Taser at man who later died (2013-01-25)

Posted on January 25 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT. Tom Costello, the attorney representing the family of the victim, remains incredulous that the state trooper who tasered unarmed Macadam Mason, in clear psychiatric distress (following epileptic seizures), and on his own grounds with his girl-friend asking them to keep back is be cleared of any criminal wrongdoing, despite the autopsy of […]

USA – Idaho Inmate dies after Taser hit in Benton County (2012-12-27)

Posted on December 27 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Anopther death following taser de[pl;oyment, this time in a prison, where abuse is more widespread than in the streets … Kevin T. Culp, 29, an inmate seven years into his sentence (for vehicular assault), was placed in an isolation cell at Benton Jail – he was a contract inmate for the state […]

USA – Benton County, Washington: Autopsy inconclusive on inmate shocked by Taser (2012-12-27)

Posted on December 27 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Anything-but-the-taser as cause-of-death: The Benton County coroner could find no clear explanation of the death of jail inmate, Kevin T. Culp, who died about eight days after being shocked by a Taser, pointing out that – as was well-known – Mr Culp had epilepsy that resulted in seizures; these could have been […]

USA – Austin, Minnesota officers sued over ‘excessive force’ (2012-10-05)

Posted on October 5 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Scott Sheeley, 50, claims that two Austin police officers restrained, handcuffed and shocked him with a stun gun at least four times as he suffered a seizure in the basement of his house last November. Mr Sheeley’s brother, Dustin Sheeley, had called 911 for medical help and told dispatch he thought his […]

USA – Thetford, Vermont Man’s death jolts Taser controversy (2012-06-24)

Posted on June 24 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT: 39-year-old Macadam Mason, who died minutes after he was tasered by Senior Trooper David Schaffer, was an epileptic – and told the police before they tasered him. Police were called to the home after Mason made comments about suicide and threatened to hurt others in the process. “He was unarmed, he had […]

USA – North Carolina Probes Death Of 61-Year-Old Bicyclist Tased By Police (2011-11-23)

Posted on November 23 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS: A clear case of the taser as an invitation for abuse and as a weapon of choice: Bystander calls police to say a man seemingly drunk had fallen off his bike; police arrive, see him cycling and pursue him with sirens blaring, yelling to stop. He doesn’t, and appears (to the police) to […]

UK – Police Commission (IPCC) finds police officers were right to use Taser on man having epileptic fit (2011-05-04)

Posted on May 5 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The UK Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) condones police use of the taser against Howard Swarray, becoming aggressive as he was recovering from an epileptic fit following rigorous physical training in a gymnasion. “”If he is getting aggressive I am sure 50,000 volts will stand him up.” a police officer said en […]

CANADA – Tasered British Columbia kid ‘lucky’ he didn’t die: Expert (2011-04-11)

Posted on April 11 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Dr. Zian Tseng, a recognized expert cardiac electrophysiologist at the University of California, who testified at the Braidwood Inquiry, condemns the tasering of the 11-year-old boy in Prince George, BC: “Children should not be Tasered. They are especially vulnerable. They were pretty lucky it didn’t cause any cardiac arrhythmia.” Tasering involves have […]

USA – Dekalb County, Georgia: Taser killing prompts lawsuit (2011-03-21)

Posted on March 21 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: “The parents of a man – 29-year-old Audrecas Davis last May because he had done nothing wrong and  wasn’t resisting arrest, he was having an epileptic seizure – who died after being shocked with a Taser six times by DeKalb County police are suing the county and eight officers who the parents contend misused […]

USA – Amnesty International: “Less than lethal? The use of stun weapons in US Law Enforcement” (2008-12)

Posted on December 31 2008 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: This is the much-cited Amnesty International 2008 132-page report (pdf) on US stun gun use. Here we present the introduction and overview. The full report, along with other Amnesty reports (on Canada and the USA)  rapidly became the cornerstone of the counterbalance to the TASER Inc. discourse on the effects of Taser […]

USA – Epilepsy Foundation Announces Updated First Responder Training Video as Another Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Police is Filed (2008-08-15)

Posted on August 15 2008 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Despite widespread police understanding, “regular reports about police misinterpreting behaviors related to seizures or post-seizure confusion as criminal conduct or aggression”. The recent death of James Edward Wells, who received multiple taser discharges (and other injuries) illustrates how things can go very wrong. The Foundation refers police to their handbook on how […]

USA – Epilepsy Foundation: Wrongful Death Suit Filed in Case of Man with Epilepsy Restrained and Tasered by Police (2008-08-05)

Posted on July 5 2008 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: “Law enforcement should never use Tasers when responding to persons experiencing seizures or post-seizure confusion.” In a position statement, the (official) Epilepsy Foundation of America states it is providing financial support to pay for lawyers charging “Wrongful Death Suit Filed in Case of Man with Epilepsy Restrained and Tasered by Police” – […]