Archive for the 'Heart disease' Category

USA – Iowa man’s death after Taser stun is ruled a homicide (2013-12-15)

Posted on December 15 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Tasered man’s death blamed on his heart condition and use of methamphetamine. Michael Zubrod, 39, died in September. His death is a “homicide”. In a serious domestic violence case, police used Tasers three times, which they reported had little to no effect on him. Zubrod became unresponsive after he was placed in […]

USA – Douglas County, Oregon grand jury clears police officers in use of force in two fatal cases (2013-12-03)

Posted on December 3 2013 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS : March 2013: Walter Ray McKelvey, 26, was tasered then died; June 2013: Gregory Allen Price, 56 was tasered then  died. Following autopsy results and “extensive medical reports”, a grand jury rules they both died from methamphetamine use and excited delirium, although in Mr Price’s “the cause of death was atherosclerotic […]

USA – Heart disease, not Taser, killed Fort Worth, Texas man, autopsy finds (2013-09-04)

Posted on September 4 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A Fort Worth man, asthmatic and obese 34-year-old Jermaine Darden, who died in May after police shocked him with a Taser during a drug raid died of natural causes, the Tarrant County medical examiner has ruled. Mr Darden’s mother and others tried to tell police not about Darden’s health problem. According […]

USA – Mom of man Tased by Fort Worth, Texas police disputes cause of death ruling (2013-08-30)

Posted on August 30 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Tasered-then-died – of a heart attack (natural causes). Jermaine Darden died within minutes of being Tased by Fort Worth police during a drug raid in May. The medical examiner ruled the manner of his death as natural. There was “no direct contribution of Taser to his death.” Jermaine’s mother refuses to […]

NETHERLANDS – ‘Geen proeven met tasers bij gewone politie’ [‘No taser-trials by regular police’] (2013-05-31)

Posted on May 31 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS :(This is an edited google-translation; the original Dutch text is below, in italics.) Security Minister Opstelten wants a trial with tasers in general police practise. “The health-dangers of tasers are substantial. Especially people with heart problems are at high risk. Police have adequate resources such as batons, firearms, pepper spray and handcuffs,” […]

USA – Loved ones remember Tucson (Arizona) Police Department officer Henry Fung [who died of a heart attack 24 hours after being “voluntarily” tasered] (2011-11-30)

Posted on November 30 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The first known death of a police officer following “voluntary” taser discharges: a 43-year-old officer died two weeks ago, a day after “routine training, including being tasered”. He was physically very active but had a known “heart condition”. Most puzzling is that the family does not want an autopsy, does not seem […]

USA – Waynesboro, Georgia, Police Officer Who Refused Taser Training – Still Off The Job (2011-11-04)

Posted on November 3 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS : Police Officer Curt Saint Germaine, with 22 years service, who refused “voluntary” tasering due to a heart condition known by his employers, is re-instated by the local sheriff after being fired for his refusal. As the local judge comments to the journalist: “If he’s not going to be tased, don’t carry it. […]

USA: Waynesboro, Georgia: Shocking Twist: Firing Of Waynesboro Police Officer For Refusing To Be Tasered Revoked (2011-11-03)

Posted on November 3 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS: Police Department officer is still in shock, after he was fired for not getting tasered as part of a training exercise. But, a week after the officer was fired, Waynesboro’s Police Chief revoked it, and now that officer says he’s not sure what to expect. – This raises the whole question of the […]

USA – Tasered North Idaho man died from heart attack (2008-08-19)

Posted on August 19 2011 by admin

[[ Summary / Comments In a typical case, Daniel L. Mittelstadt, 56, of Mount Shasta, Calif., who died following the use of a taser, had a pre-existing heart condition and a long history of mental health issues … pathologists determined that the Taser “did not in itself case the fatality” but a combination of factors […]

AUSTRALIA – Green MP, David Shoebridge: “New South Wales Taser guidelines risk cardiac injury” (2011-08-07)

Posted on August 7 2011 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS : New South Wales Green Party protests that NSW police, using tasers on average 5 times a week, are placing lives at risk following the US death of Darryl Turner. The NSW guidelines recommend: When aiming the TASER, TASER Users should aim at the centre of mass (refer to 5.7). Maximum […]

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 […]

USA – A stunning verdict for Taser (2011-08-03)

Posted on August 3 2011 by admin

 [[ Summary / Comments : The British “New scitists” reports on the tuner decision which found TASER Inc. responsible for not informing police officers of the danger os aiming at the heart. “John Burton, legal counsel for Turner’s parents, proclaimed the case would mark the beginning of the end for the energy weapon. “I […]

USA – Safety risks skewed by research funded by company, San Francisco University heart specialists study shows (2011-07-29)

Posted on July 29 2011 by admin

 [[SUMMARY / COMMENTS. Independent research study by San Francisco University heart specialists clearly shows bias in scientific reports distributed by TASER Inc. They looked at 50 studies into the health effects of Tasers. About half, or 23 studies, were sponsored by the company. It revealed 96 per cent of the Taser-funded studies found the […]

ANALYSIS / USA – National Institute of Justice : Study of Deaths Following Electro Muscular Disruption [tasering] (2011-05)

Posted on May 31 2011 by admin

 [[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The conclusion of  this semi-definitive NIJ study, undertaken by an independent medical panel, “because many gaps remain in the body of knowledge with respect to the effects of CEDs [tasers]. The panel finds no conclusive medical evidence in the current body of research literature” to indicate the taser kills when used […]

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 […]

USA – Taser shock did not cause Cleveland, Colorado, man’s death, coroner says (2011-04-26)

Posted on April 26 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: In an all-too-familiar scenario, a 40-year-old man with a history of heart problems is shocked with a taser and dies. “The electric shock had nothing to do with the death of Rodney Brown Sr., according to the Cuyahoga County coroner’s office.” Rather he dies of “cardiopulmonary arrest following physical exertion during law […]

CANADA – B.C. Parents Want Answers In Tasing, Want to make sure police are accountable (2011-04-19)

Posted on April 19 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A very brief but disturbing news item: the 11-yr-old tasered in Prince George had serious psychiatric problem and was suffering from cardiomyopathy” – chronic disease of the heart muscle. In other words, even by TASER Inc.’s product warning, could have been killed by the use of the taser … What was he […]

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL – Less than lethal? The use of stun weapons in US Law Enforcement: Medical examiners’ findings linking taser shocks to deaths (2008-12-31)

Posted on December 31 2008 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: AMNESTY studied 98 US autopsy reports following the use of the taser: “In 37 autopsy reports and the two inquest transcripts reviewed by Amnesty International, medical examiners listed the use of a Taser as a cause or a contributory factor in the death. Such cases are not always clear cut, and one […]

USA – Study raises concerns over Tasers’ safety (2006-02-13)

Posted on February 13 2006 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Is the taser as “safe” as its manufacturer claims? Definitely not, according to a 2006 research study published in the peer-reviewed Journal of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers, which concluded that the shocks are powerful enough to cause fatal heart rhythms. “The findings show the energy delivered by the weapon to […]