Archive for the 'Fire risks' Category

USA – San Diego, California: Details emerge in fatal blast linked to taser (2013-11-29)

Posted on November 29 2013 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS : In 2012, Alex Martin died after his car exploded. A US Border Patrol agent who fired a Taser at Mr Martin’s car, possibly sparking the deadly explosion. He was returning from San Diego to Texas, was driving through an area where illegal immigrants pass … He drove off, was chased […]

UK – London: Taser use revealed: Police fire stun-gun to stop man burning himself alive in South Hampstead (2013-09-30)

Posted on September 30 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Of the 4 times tasers have been used – they were drawn 26 times – in the London borough of Camden since they were rolled out in May, 3 involved serious mental health problems and in one case a serious fire risk. Councilors are worried about these people with mental health […]

UK – Fresh concern raised over Taser safety after seventh death in 10 years (2013-07-11)

Posted on July 11 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The death of that Jordan Begley, 23, in Manchester after he was tasered makes him the seventh person to die after being shot with a Taser since they were introduced in Britain in 2003. Three months ago a man in Plymouth, who was doused in a flammable liquid, died when he burst […]

USA – San Diego, California: Lawsuit filed in fiery Taser-related death (2013-06-18)

Posted on June 18 2013 by admin

 [[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The family of a 25-year-old Texas man, Alex Martin, who died in a fiery explosion more than a year ago – March 15, 2012 – after the car he was driving was stopped by the Border Patrol near Pine Valley has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the government. Mr Martin was driving […]

USA – San Diego, California: Still unknown if Taser caused fatal fire. Lab tests don’t prove border agent’s use of Taser set fire (2013-05-24)

Posted on May 24 2013 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS : College student Alex Martin died after he was tasered in March 2013 – the rental car he was driving burst into flames near a checkpoint in East County when a U.S. Border Patrol agent fired a Taser dart, after Mr Martin had driven his car the wrong way on a […]

UK – 14,000 officers allowed to carry 50,000-volt Tasers after just three days training (2013-04-28)

Posted on April 28 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Figures show how police forces increasingly rely on the stun guns. One in ten officers in England and Wales are trained to carry Tasers, with three days of training. Controversy rages over death of Andrew Pimlott, after he was Tasered while soaked in fuel.]] Mail Online, by Chris Greenwood One in […]

UK – Plymouth – Andrew Pimlott burns death [following use of taser by police] prompts IPCC Taser inquiry (2013-04-27)

Posted on April 27 2013 by admin

[[Summary / Comments : A classic case of the fire dangers of tasers. The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said it was investigating why the taser was used against Andrew Pimlott, 32, who had covered himself with flammable liquid and whether it ignited the liquid which caused a man to be fatally burned. A lawyer […]

USA – Tasered Pennsylvania Man Who Caught Fire Couldn’t Be Foreseen [he died next day] (2013-02-05)

Posted on February 5 2013 by admin

[[Summary / Comments: Pennsylvania police officers “acted reasonably” when they Tasered a man carrying a soda bottle full of gasoline, igniting a fire that burned him to death, a federal judge ruled. Awomen’s ex-boyfriend broke into her trailer in March 2009.Police broke in, found him with a lighter in one hand and a bottle in […]

FRANCE – “Affaire du taser” à Gaillon : le suspect porte plainte contre les gendarmes [The « taser affair » in Gaillon, Normandie : the suspect is taking the police to court] (2013-01-13)

Posted on January 13 2013 by admin

[[Summary / Comments : A man was hospitalized following the police use of tear gas and a taser while he was in parking lot in a service station on the A13 motorway in Normandie (north-eastern France). He was badly burned. He released himself from, hospital to avoid getting a summons from then police. He was […]

USA – Pine Valley, California: Taser May Have Sparked Car Fire [leaving driver dead] Near Buckman Springs (2012-04-05)

Posted on April 5 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT: Tasers can clearly ignite inflammable liquids. Here, an explosion and fire that followed the pursuit of a wrong-way may have been caused by a spark from a Border Patrol officer’s Taser. the car driven by 24-year-old Alex Martin of Texas ignited moments after the officer deployed his Taser.Martin was burned beyond recognition […]

UK – The Taser debate continues (2012-03-16)

Posted on March 16 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A British lawyers’ site presents information on tasers in the UK context and concludes with the controversy: use against healthy volunteers doe not show tasers to be safe with stressed individuals, nor do they account for the fact that subjects may have underlying medical conditions which could make them more susceptible […]

UK – Ex Police-chief warns over safety of using Tasers with CS spray (2012-01-29)

Posted on January 28 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: “CS [tear gas] plus Taser equals spark plus flammable material.” – according to a former police chief who introduced Tasers into Britain has warned Scotland Yard to be “very careful” if plans to roll out more stun guns goes ahead, while the current police boss is calling for a taser in every […]

NEW ZEALAND – Police admit shooting [tasering] could have caused explosion (2012-01-23)

Posted on January 23 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Police have admitted there was a serious risk of explosion when a drunken man wielding a gas cylinder leaking flammable gas was pepper-sprayed, Tasered and shot by police during a domestic violence call-out. Both LPG and gas are highly flammable. In British tests, two of seven mannequins that had been sprayed with […]

USA – Taser-related fatalities raise safety concerns (2011-09-12)

Posted on September 12 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A relatively balanced overview of tasers from the “Homeland Security News Wire”, which publishes out of Locust Valley, New York (?).  Tasers coming under “increasing scrutiny” following several recent deaths involving the stun guns … discussion of a North Carolina death and another in which the Chief Medical Examiner concluded that the […]

USA – Washington, DC: Police Executive Research Forum (PERC): “2011 Electronic Control Weapons Guidelines” (2011-04-22)

Posted on April 24 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: GlobalShock does not believe that new guide-lines are a panacea, but they can provide increased protection as long as the taser is in use.  The “PERF 2011 Guidelines” are, we believe ground-breaking,  from a widely-respected US forum (Police Executive Research Forum: PERF) – developed for and with the U.S. Department of Justice, […]

USA – Pittsburgh: Federal lawsuit filed against state police over Taser incident (2011-03-16)

Posted on March 17 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The tragic case of Levi Mohney who died following 98% burns to his body as a result of tasering – he burst into flames and the police must have known he had dowsed his body in gasoline – is subject to a Federal lawsuit against the State Police. It will be important […]

USA – Taser Shot Sets Pittsburgh Man on Fire, Killing Him (2011-03-17)

Posted on March 17 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: In a story that has played out several times, the police are incapable of understanding that gasoline or other inflammable products are likely to catch fire with the taser discharge. “Eventually the flames were extinguished but Levi Mohney had suffered serious burns over 98 percent of his body.” A “classic” case of […]

USA – Clarion, Pennsylvania, family sues state police for gasoline-related Taser death (2011-03-15)

Posted on March 15 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The extreme potential for combustion when the 50,000 volt shock encounters gasoline is clear in this tragic abuse: “because he had previously soaked himself in gasoline, his clothes ignited and he suffered burns over 98 percent of his body, the complaint said.” There are several other cases (sniffing glue, a potential suicide […]

ALGERIA – Pour protester contre la demolition de son logis tentative de suicide d’une famille – le Taser tue le pere [Police taser and kill a man threatening to set fire to his family for eviction (2009-11-01)

Posted on November 1 2009 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: (VERSION FRANCAISE EN BAS) A family in Algiers protests eviction from their housing in an extreme way, approaching the police station with a can of gasoline. The father, it seems, is tasered. “The housing directer declined to make any statement about the reported use of a Taser gun by the police who […]

ALGERIA – L’affaire de tentative de suicide par immolation: le verdict a été mis en délibéré pour le 3 octobre prochain. (The suicide-by-burning case: verdict expected on 3 October (2009-09-07)

Posted on September 7 2009 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Both the police officer who discharged the taser and the father who immersed himself in gasoline are being held co-responsible in this suicide-attempt. The father, brought to the court on a stretcher, told the court he had no intention of setting fire to himself, simply to apply pressure while the police officer […]