Archive for the 'Homeless' Category

USA – California: East Hollywood fatal officer-involved shooting investigation underway (2014-04-13)

Posted on April 13 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Unclear here whether the taser may have contributed to a homeless man’s death. Probably not, just police over-reaction: Los Angeles police use a taser in an altercation with a knife-armed suspect. Witnesses say the suspect was a homeless man who usually frequents the area. They described him as being elderly, between 70 […]

USA – Washington State: Witnesses file complaint after Bellingham officer shoots homeless man with Taser (2014-02-22)

Posted on February 22 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Tasering the homeless: Is this justifiable? Three witnesses file a complaint alleging a police officer used excessive force when he shot a homeless man with a Taser last week.]] Bellingham Herald, by Caleb Hutton BELLINGHAM – Three witnesses filed a complaint alleging a Bellingham police officer used excessive force when he shot […]

CANADA / QUEBEC – Un coroner réclame plus de pistolets électriques pour les policiers [Coroner calls for arming more police with tasers] (2014-02-06)

Posted on February 6 2014 by admin

[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Quebec coroner Dr Jean Brochu hascommented on tasers, following his inquiry into the shooting death of Mario Hamel and an innocent bystander in 2011. Now he calls for more police to be armed with tasers and more tasers rolled out – while also calling for more training of police for handling the […]

CANADA / QUEBEC – Montreal: Taser ou 9 mm ? [The taser or a 9 mm. gun?] (2014-02-04)

Posted on February 4 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Following the death from shooting of a homeless man in Montreal, the man threatening police with a hammer, was shot and killed. His life might have been saved if tasers had arrived in time … ]] Journal de Montréal, by François Doré Un autre événement se solde par la mort tragique […]

CANADA / QUEBEC –Police shoot, kill hammer-wielding man in downtown Montreal (2014-02-03)

Posted on February 3 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A man holding a hammer and threatening the police was shot and killed by the Montreal police. The investigation has been handed to the Provincial Police. Police reportedly called for a taser, but this hasn’t been confirmed.]] Globe and Mail A man wielding a hammer near Montreal’s main downtown bus station was […]

USA – Santa Ana, California: Kelly Thomas trial – 2 former Fullerton cops found not guilty [in taser death of Kelly Thomas] (2014-01-13)

Posted on January 13 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Two former Fullerton police officers accused in the death of Kelly Thomas, a homeless mentally ill man, have been found not guilty on all charges. Mr Thomas, 37, died five days after a violent confrontation with six officers in July 2011. The incident was caught on surveillance video. A jury found that […]

USA – Santa Ana, California: Ex-officers’ homeless death trial [following use of taser] nears closings (2014-01-06)

Posted on January 6 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: In 2011, Police brutalize Kelley Thomas, 37, a homeless man with many previous problems with the law: struck he is with batons, police pile on him, he is tasered and dies. In a month court hearing. Police were charged and a 30 min grainy video used in evidence. The coroner listed the […]

CANADA/QUEBEC – Montréal Police Kill Donald Ménard: Taser death speaks to increasing violence against society’s marginalized (2103-12-09)

Posted on December 9 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The Montreal-based “Coalition to Oppose Police Brutality” (COPB) protests against the death of Donald Ménard on November 11 2013 after he was tasered in a rooming house in Montreal. Police “could not subdue” Ménard, reports CBC, “so they tried with physical force, afterward they graduated to pepper spray, that didn’t work, then […]

USA – Lancaster, Pennsylvania: Taser’s uneven performance (2013-07-02)

Posted on July 2 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A knife-wielding homeless man was fatally tasered on June 10 after lunging at a Lancaster police officer. But the results of taser use are far from clear. Two cases: the Taser’s barb hit a fleeing homeless man, but he pulled it out and continued to run. A second time, the barb […]

USA – Santa Barbara, California: Homeless man hit by police Taser talks about controversial arrest. No charges will now be filed. (2013-04-25)

Posted on April 25 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A homeless man has detailed, for the first time, the controversial arrest he faced Monday in Santa Barbara when he was hit with a police Taser and fell hard to the sidewalk while near to his SUV where he often sleeps: he was screaming out loud that it was his vehicle, […]

USA – San Francisco Police Commission gets earful from Taser plan opponents (2013-01-22)

Posted on January 22 2013 by admin

[[Summary / Comments : If anyone doubts whether tasers are still controversial – even in the USA, then stay tuned in to the San Francisco municipal – actually the Police Commission’s sub-committee – debate. The police want them, representatives of the homeless, of the Philippino communinity – and many others not cited here – say […]

USA – ACLU opposes San Francisco Police Department taser deployment (2013-01-06)

Posted on January 6 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: This article is particularly important in showing that better Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) – see section in italics –  is needed,  rather than taser deployment. The ACLU is leading opposition to providing the San Francisco Police Department Crisis Intervention Team officers with tasers, emphasizing that costly tasers would generate heavy legal fees […]

BRAZIL – Em GO, uso de arma de choque em dependentes químicos gera polêmica [In the State of Goiânia , use stun gun on addicts stirs controversy] (2012-11-15)

Posted on November 15 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : (This is an edited google-translation; the original text in Portuguese appears in italics after the translation. Tasers are being used in the Brazilian program to combat drugs, particularly crack use. This is being trailed in the State of Goiânia. This police is controversial and is dividing opinion: Is it a case […]

USA – Wasilla, Arkansas: Details reveal bizarre conflict [taser cartridges pulled out by homeless man] (2012-07-23)

Posted on July 23 2012 by admin

[[Summary / Comments : Is it not normal to try to reduce pain by pulling taser darts out? And do they invariable work anyway? Robert Compton, a homeless man, in clear psychiatric distress, succeeded in pulling the taser darts out of his body: ‘I deployed all of my Taser cartridges,” Officer Manrique wrote. “They were […]

UK – UK violated human rights: Council of Europe [tasers used to evict travellers in October 2011] (2012-03-01)

Posted on March 1 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: In October last year, the British police used Taser guns and violent tactics to forcibly evict over 80 families including more than 100 children. the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights stated that the British authorities are obliged to serve the best interest of children in any measure they take. Moreover, […]

USA – Santa Ana, California – Man taken down with Taser for running in street [Homeless man dies in hospital following tasering] (2012-01-03)

Posted on January 3 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Another taser-related death: Mario Marin, a 53-yr-ild homeless man, died in hospital several days after he was tasered for fighting with parishoners outside a church. The officers placed Marin in a control hold, Bertagna said, and used a Taser to take him into custody and police said Marin did not appear to […]

UK – Dale Farm protesters tasered as eviction erupts in violence and flames (2011-10-30)

Posted on October 30 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS : The Dale Farm eviction ends in a violent assault by the British police to evict the Travellers who had settled on the farm. (Oxford dictionary: British English: “Traveller (also New Age traveller) a person who holds New Age values and leads an itinerant and unconventional lifestyle”.) Two protesters have been tasered and […]

UK – Police defend using Tasers as officers and bailiffs move in to clear travellers’ site in Essex (2011-10-19)

Posted on October 19 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS: Should tasers be used to evict “squatters”? Officers faced claims they used “undue force” during angry clashes at  Dale Farm, where the travellers were being evicted after a 10-year legal battle, which saw Tasers used against two protesters and three arrests made. But Superintendent Trevor Roe, of Essex Police, insisted his force treated […]

UK – Dale Farm (Essex) protesters tasered as eviction erupts in violence and flames (2011-10-19)

Posted on October 19 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS: Travellers – a peaceful group – are finally evicted from Dale Farm in Devon by the police after a 10-year legal battle. They had barricaded their encampment. Witnesses described protesters writhing on the floor due to electric shocks after police, who were being pelted with missiles, used Tasers and advanced further into the […]

USA – Santa Ana, California: 2 cops charged in fatal beating (2011-09-22)

Posted on September 22 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Report combining many of the worst elements of the taser death: “mentally ill homeless man who was pummeled, shocked with a Taser and slammed with the butt of a stun gun in a beating that lasted nearly 10 minutes … A review of the evidence, including surveillance video, showed Thomas was […]