Archive for the 'Following orders' Category

USA – Off-duty Evansville (Indiana) Police Department officer uses Taser on fake ID suspect (2011-11-26)

Posted on November 26 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS: Does a young man using a fake ID to get into a bar justify the use of a taser? Police say 20-yr-old James Roberts tried to escape after being busted for using a fake ID and the officers followed protocol. “That is authorized. If you chase somebody, an officer can get hurt, the […]

AUSTRALIA – New South Wales: Taser footage [of abuse] released (2011-09-02)

Posted on September 2 2011 by admin

[[ Summary / Comments : “A magistrate has released dramatic footage of a man being tasered by police in far west New South Wales while on his knees with his hands behind his head.” – The man takes off his shirt after being tasered, clearly confused  – and gets shocked again … a typical case […]

USA: University of Masachussetts “Collegian”: To tase or not to tase (2011-01-27)

Posted on March 21 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A cogent and often ironic swipe at the TASER Inc. control over the taser discourse, notably for the TASER reply (under the article; it is completely irrelevant).A good counter-argument to “tasers don’t kill”: “If an arsonist burns down a house with a person inside, they’re charged with murder. No jury, no prosecutor, […]

AUSTRALIA – Tasered Queenland man’s blood ‘proof of life’ [the taser’s ‘very touchy’ trigger](2011-03-21)

Posted on March 21 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The officer who shot Antonio Galeano 28 times – according to the printout, only 8 times by his own recollection: “agreed that he could have inadvertently pressed the Taser’s “very touchy” trigger more times as he struggled with the violent Mr Galeano …  Questioned about his Taser training at the inquest, Snr […]

CANADA – Patrick Bolland: “More than just another Canadian taser death: ‘The taser killed Aron Firman’” (2011-02-18)

Posted on February 18 2011 by admin

An initial version of this text was published on the Canadian Dimension blog on 10 February 2011 ( The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) reported on December 6 2010 “Taser killed Ontario man: Ontario Special Investigations Unit”. The SIU, a provincial independent police oversight body, had just issued its report on the death of Aron Firman […]

USA – Beaumont, Texas, police dept. suspends officer who used Taser in 2007 traffic stop (2011-02-15)

Posted on February 15 2011 by admin

[[GlobalShock: “James CodyGuedry, who was a rookie officer during the Aug. 24, 2007 traffic stop, was sentenced to 90 days probation for shocking Derrick Newman, an unarmed passenger in the car, with a Taser”, now the police dept has given him an indefinite suspension. One wonders whether his I-was-just-following-orders defense (“Guedry testified last year that […]