Archive for the 'Guidelines for taser use' Category

USA – State of Connecticut Could Pass 1st in Nation Stun Gun Regulation Law (2014-05-29)

Posted on May 29 2014 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS: On the heels of several Taser-related deaths in the state during recent years, Connecticut appears to be on the verge of becoming the first state in the country to pass a law requiring police to track their use of stun guns. The ACLU says 14 people have died in the state […]

USA – Baltimore Death by Taser [Editorial] (2o14-05-27)

Posted on May 27 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: This editorial seriously challenges police use of a Taser five times, in drive-stun mode, to subdue teenager, George King, in hospital. Mr King died. The taser is an electroshock weapon touted as a less lethal alternative to firearms when used by police pursuing fleeing suspects or attempting to take unruly individuals into […]

USA – Taser Death Fallout; Baltimore, Maryland Police Implement Policy Change (2014-05-21)

Posted on May 21 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Following the recent death of a teen, George King, who police tasered at Good Samaritan Hospital, police say, for now, they won’t automatically respond to calls for assistance from staff at hospitals or other institutions. They will only respond when a crime has been committed or someone’s life is in danger.  Otherwise, […]

USA – Acting New Jersey attorney general considering easing stun gun regulations (2014-05-12)

Posted on May 12 2014 by admin

  [[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The Attorney General is considering whether to review and ease New Jersey’s strict regulations governing the use of stun guns by police officers. New Jersey was the last state in the country to approve the use of stun guns. Last year cheaper tasers were withdrawn for inadequate reliability. Regulations allow police […]

USA – Vermont bill to establish a mandatory Taser policy approved (2104-05-10)

Posted on May 10 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Following lengthy debate in the State Senate, a new bill is adopted by the Vermont legislature: (1) creating a police oversight committee to develop a policy for how and when police should use Tasers; (2) serious taser training and how to deal with people with mentasl illness; and mandates that all law […]

USA – Connecticut NAACP, ACLU Laud Taser Legislation (2014-05-08)

Posted on May 8 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The Connecticut NAACP and the state ACLU chapter are lauding a taser reform bill passed this session in the General Assembly. The bill calls on police departments that utilize tasers to adopt use policies along with tracking and reporting incidents in which they’re deployed. Note: Jose Maldonado was the 14th person to […]

USA – Vermont Senators agree to require Taser training, use policies for law enforcement (2014-05-02)

Posted on May 2 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The Vermont Senate Friday gave preliminary approval to a controversial bill calling for statewide policies regarding police Taser use and training. The bill says officers can only use a Taser against subjects who exhibit active aggression or actively resist in a manner the officer believes is likely to result in injury to […]

USA – Another Death in Connecticut Prompts Another Call for Taser Regulation [List of Connecticut deaths following taser] (2014-04-14)

Posted on April 20 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The Connecticut ACLU protests the latest – the 14th since 2005 – Connecticut death following the use of taser. The deaths are listed in this post. Meanwhile, “the legislature needs to pass clear, consistent guidelines for Taser training and deployment, along with reporting requirements, in order to minimize the risk to civilians.”]] […]

USA – Another Connecticut Death Prompts Another Call for Taser Regulation (2014-04-14)

Posted on April 14 2014 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS: ACLU Connecticut reports a 14th known death – José Maldonado, 22, of Manchester  – since 2005 in the state following taser use. See list in this post. The ACLU calls for statewide regulations of how police use electronic weapons.]] ACLU Connecticut Another person has died after being Tasered by police in […]

UK – Independent Police Complaints Commission makes recommendations to force after investigations into use of Taser in custody cells (2014-04-14)

Posted on April 13 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Two incidents in Lancashire in July and September 2013 involved Taser being used by officers attempting to carry out strip searches, and led to complaints by the detainees. Although the investigations found that the use of Taser could be justified in both instances, there were some areas of concern highlighted by the […]

USA – Vermont House advances statewide stun gun policy bill (2014-03-18)

Posted on March 18 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The Vermont legilature on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to a bill calling for statewide standards on training for police using electronic stun guns. Critics, including the mother of a Macadam Mason, killed in 2012 by a state trooper’s Taser, sharply criticized it as watered-down, weak and not specific enough. “It’s troopers investigating […]

USA – Vermont statewide policy on police stun guns on track (2014-03-12)

Posted on March 12 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Vermont is to adopt statewide training standard for police officers (following the June 2012 of Macadam Mason) before they are issued electronic stun guns, but critics say the bill has been significantly watered down from its original version, which limited itsd use to situations in which the alternative would be a firearm. […]

USA – Vermont lawmakers step into debate on Taser policy (2014-03-07)

Posted on March 7 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The is major controversy in the past month in the Statehouse over how to regulate Tasers, the stun guns that in 2012 killed Macadam Mason, a Thetford man, who suffered from mental health issues. The ACLU said a current Taser policy proposal does nothing more than codify existing practice. The CEO of […]

UK – Thames Valley: Charity [Amnesty International] criticises police over Taser use (2014-01-17)

Posted on January 17 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Amnesty International concerned after instances of Taser use by Thames Valley police double from 2012 to 2013, where officers deployed electric stun guns 119 times in 2013, compared with 61 occasions in 2012, including several times in drive-stun mode (applied directly to the person Amnesty International UK has called for the use […]

CANADA – Saskatoon: Saskatchewan police officers to start carrying Tasers this week (2013-12-16)

Posted on December 16 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Police officers in Saskatoon are to begin carrying Tasers on Wednesday, following 11 hours of training online and in a classroom. The police have purchased 44 tasers and say the media and the public will be made aware each time the device is used. Tasers are only to be used in a […]

USA – Vermont: Proposed Taser policy lacks teeth, ACLU says (2013-12-02)

Posted on December 2 2013 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Following the death of Macadam Mason in 2012, Vermont Public Safety Commisison is proposing a new policy for taser use, but it leaves whether to adopt some, all or none of the policy up to individual departments. The ACLU says this is little better than current policy. Moreover, the review […]

UK – Sussex: Use of Taser – Specially Trained Officers [policy statement] (2013-10-26)

Posted on October 26 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A lengthy mostly technical report setting out Sussex Police’s position in respect to the management, command and deployment of authorised Taser officers and the use of Taser. Note the criteria for use: Where the authorising officer has reason to suppose that police officers … may have to protect the public, themselves […]

USA – Sanford, Florida officer who left man bloody after using Taser cleared of wrongdoing (2013-10-22)

Posted on October 22 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Sam Fuller was badly hurt in July when he was hit with a Taser and landed flat on his face after officers said he tried to run away when police saw him gambling in the street. He had to be hospitalized. The Sanford police officer was cleared of any wrongdoing. The […]

CANADA -Tasers don’t reduce shootings, despite police and politicians’ claims (2007-12-17)

Posted on October 17 2013 by admin

 [[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Statistics  bear out that idea, showing that in some of the cities that have recently adopted Tasers, the number of police shootings has remained fairly consistent and low, while Tasers are being used exponentially more often. This is despite claims by politicians and some police officers that Tasers would save lives by preventing […]

CANADA – Saskatoon Police to be armed with Tasers (2013-10-17)

Posted on October 17 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A case of proceeding cautiously with a new taser roll-out: Saskatoon police chief says city police will soon be getting tasers “in hopes of preventing the use of lethal force.” Police haven’t used a gun in the last year. The board of police commissioners approved the purchase of 44 X26 Tasers. […]