Archive for the 'First reponders' Category

UK – Manchester: Taser use on teenager sparks probe (2011-09-16)

Posted on September 16 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS  : Mother calls 999 to report her 16-yr-old son following an assault had locked her out … When police arrived, … He then said he came out with his hands out but was then “jumped on” which led to a scuffle before the stun gun was used. ]] An inquiry is under […]

USA – Washington County, Oregon, police officers to learn about autism recognition from fellow cop (2011-09-01)

Posted on September 1 2011 by admin

[[ Summary / Comments: The police need to become more sensitive to “psychiatric” problems of all kinds.  As police increasingly become the first interveners, Oregon authorities introduce training, which is funded by the Autism Society of Oregon with help from Autism Research and Resources of Oregon to help identify those suffering from this problem. ]] […]

NEW ZEALAND – “Don’t blame Police or tasers” – Watchdog (2011-08-30)

Posted on August 30 2011 by admin

[[ Summary / Comments: In a press release. New Zealand police argue that they are unfairly blamed for their treatment on the mentally disturbed after the Mental Health Foundation called for a formal review of police use of Tasers after figures released this week showed four out of 10 of those tasered in the past […]

NEW ZEALAND – More guns [or more tasers?] for police patrol cars (2011-06-08)

Posted on June 8 2011 by admin

[[Summary / Comments : While the New Zealand police commissioner is calling for more guns (including semi-automatics) for frontline police officers, he also advocated greated availability of tasers, which is prime-minister John Key’s preference, but police association demanded more guns, rather than tasers]] Police Commissioner Peter Marshall has allocated $6 million to get more guns […]

AUSTRALIA – Victoria State: Tasers – tool of the trade, or too risky? (2011-06-02)

Posted on June 2 2011 by admin

[[Summary / Comments : A long article weighing up the pro-s and con-s of rolling out tasers for all police officers following a one year “trial” in Victoria. What emerges clearest is the police want them while civil society remains extremely critical.]] ABC, by Gus Goswell Many police and security professionals swear by them. Critics […]

USA – Galveston, Texas Man Suffering Heart Attack Tased and Beaten to Death by Police Officers (2011-05-23)

Posted on May 24 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: We don’t usually post lawsuits until there are decisions, but Galveston police appear to have overstepped all boundaries: “Jamaal R. Valentine sought medical attention for an apparent heart attack only to be met and beaten by three La Marque police officers.” Motorists calls 911 for medical emergency, the police are first responders […]

CANADA / QUEBEC – Montreal cops taser blood-covered man armed with BBQ fork (2011-05-21)

Posted on May 22 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: This post appears to fir into the “appropriate use of taser” category, but (a) did the police consider any negotiation? (b) was the man still threatening others when they arrived? (c) if he was “delirious” (sic, u.e., in psychiatric distress) should this have been a sign to use or not use the […]

USA – Marin, California: 1.9 million reasons for Marin deputies to use Tasers properly (2011-04-29)

Posted on May 1 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: An editorial in the county paper where a city agreed to a $1.9-million settlement. “The case started when 66-year-oldPeter McFarland fell outside his home after returning with his wife from a fundraiser. She called authorities for help.” He was somewhat drunk and threatened to commit suicide. He received 4 shocks from a […]

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 – 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” – […]