Archive for the 'Green Party' Category

NEW ZEALAND – Taser victim hoping to sue police (2014-06-24)

Posted on June 24 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Not in in New Zealand are happy about taser use: Mark Smillie was tasered twice by police on Xmas Day 2011 after failing to stop his car. Mr Smillie said the pain he experienced from the taser was hideous, and the worst pain he had ever experienced. The Independent Police Conduct Authority […]

AUSTRALIA – Fresh taser debate sparked in Australia [following inquests into the deaths of two men] (2012-11-14)

Posted on November 14 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Fresh debate has been sparked over the use of Tasers by police, after inquest findings over the death of two men – Queensland man and a Brazilian student – in Australia were handed down today. “they save lives” claims the manufacturer, “police rely on them as a technical quick-fix and move away […]

AUSTRALIA – Canberra Police push for lapel cameras (2012-06-13)

Posted on June 13 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT: The Canberra Police Union calls for video-cameras – the HD TASER Inc. AXON device – for “protecting police officers”: not citizens’ rights. Mr Torr said lapel cameras would record continuously while an officer was on duty – which is not the case, since they would only be activated at the discretion of […]

AUSTRALIA – Tasmania: Pressure grows for no new taser gun upgrade: Concern Over Lack of Health & Injury Research (2012-03-29)

Posted on March 29 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT : A Green Party press release Paul ‘Basil’ O’Halloran MP, Greens Police spokesperson called on the Tasmaniam government not to introduce tasers guns until further research has been conducted into their potential health and injury risks, in light of the death of a civilian in New South Wales. “There is growing community […]

NEW ZEALAND – Double-shot Tasers safer than alternatives – police (2012-03-28)

Posted on March 28 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: New Zealand police are confident that introducing the new X2 double-taser will improve policing – since the X26 often didn’t work! Two cases where the X26 failed to incapacitate leading to shooting. This is strongly criticized by the “Campaign against the Taser”who argue the police need to develop de-escalation techniques, and by […]

AUSTRALIA – “Deadly weapons: We must ban Tasers” (2012-03-25)

Posted on March 25 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Ther Australian “Green Left” comes out strong;ly against the use of tasers, flowing the 18 March death of Roberto Laudisio Curti. The teaser5 is not “non-lethal” and the evidence indicates police do not use Tasers as an alternative to deadly force, since gun use does not decline with the introduction of tasers. […]

AUSTRALIA – Greeens: “Deadly weapons – We must ban Tasers” (2012-03-25)

Posted on March 25 2012 by admin

NEW ZEALAND – Taser use by Police in New Zealand [“ – Shocking!”]. (2012-02-28)

Posted on February 28 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Brief article in a Canadian Civil Liberties Union newsletter: Since March 2010, New Zealand police have used tasers 890 times, despite criticisms including the New Zealand Civil Liberties Council depiction of its use as “inhumane” . The taser seems to be becoming police-officers’ weapon of choice.]] Canadian Civil Liberties Union, by Laura […]

AUSTRALIA – Western Australia Greens: Stun guns have not reduced police use of firearms (2011-09-26)

Posted on September 26 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The rate at which police draw their firearms in New South Wales has not decreased over the past four years despite growing use of stun guns, the Green Party is pointing out. ”If stun guns were genuinely being used in place of firearms, then police use of firearms would be decreasing.” Tasers were […]

AUSTRALIA – Canberra: Taser arrest sparks call for scrutiny (2011-09-08)

Posted on September 8 2011 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Within days of increasinging the availability of tasers toi Canberra police, the taser is used and pompts demands for greater transparency. A taser was used on an unarmed 27-year-old man after a lengthy high-speed chase through Kambah, Wanniassa and Monash late on Tuesday night. Both the high-speed chase and use […]

NEW ZEALAND – Maori, Islanders high in stun-gun statistics (2011-08-25)

Posted on August 25 2011 by admin

[[ Summary / Comments : Fears police would use Tasers disproportionately on Maori and Pacific Islanders have been realised, say the Mana Party and the Greens as police numbers show almost 60 per cent of people tasered in the past year were of those ethnicities.]] New Zealand Herald, 25 August 2011 Fears police would use […]

AUSTRALIA – Canberra: Watchdog demands taser-cam (2011-08-18)

Posted on August 18 2011 by admin

[[ Summary / Comments: Despite the fact the videocams are not necessarily a valid source of evidence of police use of tasers, Video recording devices must be attached to tasers in the ACT (Canberra area) as a matter of urgent priority, according to the Commonwealth Ombudsman. Tasers will be given to front-line police for the […]

AUSTRALIA – Green MP calls for tighter control of Taser use (2011-09-03)

Posted on August 3 2011 by admin

Anna Patty State Politics August 3, 2011 POLICE guidelines for stun gun use fail to warn against firing at people in the chest – which has been linked to a fatal heart attack. The US Federal Court recently found a Taser fired at the chest was responsible for the death of Darryl Turner, 17. The […]

FRANCE – Mamère: “Le décès est lié aux effets du Taser” [French Green MP says death is linked to taser] (2010-11-30)

Posted on November 30 2010 by admin

Suite au décès d’un Malien interpellé au Taser dans la nuit de lundi à mardi à Colombes (Hauts-de-Seine), le député d’Europe Ecologie – Les Verts, Noël Mamère, annonce au qu’il va une nouvelle fois déposer une proposition de loi visant à interdire le Taser. “Nous n’allons pas laisser les choses impunies”, s’insurge l’avocat, qui […]

AUSTRALIA – Stop and search laws should be dumped: Greens (2010-10-06)

Posted on October 6 2010 by admin

The Western Australia Greens say the Government must abandon its proposed stop and search laws in light of the case of Taser misuse in which an unarmed man was stunned 13 times.

NEW ZEALAND – Police refuse to release NZ Taser footage (2010-02-22)

Posted on February 22 2010 by admin

One News … Arming New Zealand police with tasers has been hailed as a success, but there is a secret attached to the gun that police aren’t happy to share. Unbeknown to many people, each taser has a camera underneath the handgrip that films the gun being used on offenders. Steve Tuttle, Vice President of […]

NEW ZEALAND – Police Association applauds Taser plan (2009-08-27)

Posted on August 27 2009 by admin

New Zealand police association welcoms the decision to proceed with Taser use but criticizes “politicisation of police” on the use of tasers, representing a “cynical and calculated attempt to divert police and public attention from the Government’s u-turn on the democratic rights of police officers”.

NEW ZEALAND – Turn green light for taser roll-out to red (2009-06-19)

Posted on June 19 2009 by admin

“New Zealand should follow the lead of the Queensland Government and suspend its roll-out of tasers pending an inquiry into their use” – said Green Party MP Keith Locke. “The New Zealand Police need to re-examine its practice of allowing repeat tasering.”

NEW ZEALAND – UN torture report decries Taser in New Zealand (2009-05-21)

Posted on May 29 2009 by admin

The United Nations Committee Against Torture says it is “deeply concerned” about New Zealand police adopting the Taser stun gun, as it releases a growing list of worries about this country’s justice system. The committee has released its fifth report on New Zealand, which covers the period 2003 to 2007. While it approved some moves […]

NEW ZEALAND – Taser investment stuns MP (2009-01-01)

Posted on January 1 2009 by admin

Government employees” Pension Fund has a $780,000 investment in Taser International. The Green Party MP said yesterday he had been “amazed” by his discovery. “Such disinvestment would be consistent with the fund’s earlier decision to quit its tobacco company shares.”