Archive for the 'Hospitals (use in)' Category

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 – Baltimore Maryland Foster youth identified – was Tased five times at Good Samaritan Hospital (2014-05-19)

Posted on May 19 2014 by admin

[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Multiple tasering in hospital leading to death of African-American 19-yr-old George V. King on 14 May: A city police officer used his Taser five times to subdue a heavily medicated Mr King who was fighting staff at Good Samaritan Hospital and later died, according to his family’s attorney and an account […]

UK – Sussex Police Officer suspended over ‘Taser threat’ (2014-04-16)

Posted on April 16 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A police officer has been suspended while he is being investigated. for allegedly threatening to shoot a “drunk and unruly” hospital patient with a Taser. Police receive four-days training in taser use. Police spokesperson: “This includes tactical and handling assessments and is designed to test decision making under pressure.”]] A police […]

CANADA – Burlington, Ontario: Taser victim suing Halton police and hospital (2013-08-14)

Posted on August 14 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Douglas Brown claims in December 2010 while he was in hospital in Burlington, he was “beaten, arrested and incorrectly charged with three criminal offences.” He refused more powerful medication than he wanted – and was tasered six times by the police. He has filed a $750,000 lawsuit against Halton Regional Police […]

USA – Logan, Ohio Man Dies After Being Tased by Hospital Security Officer (2013-01-23)

Posted on January 23 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Authorities are investigating the death of a man after a police officer and hospital security officer both used a Taser on him in two separate incidents. He was “screaming and acting strange”. Elsewhere he is identified as 49-year-old Bruce Thomson. The police used a taser to “calm him”. Three hours later the […]

USA – Logan, Ohio Man Dies After Being Tased by Hospital Security Officer (2013-01-23)

Posted on January 23 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Authorities are investigating the death of a man – named in other articles as Bruce Neil Thompson – after a police officer and hospital security officer both used a Taser on him in two separate incidents. The subject was apparently yelling at Satan and would not calm down or comply with officers […]

USA – Questions surround handling of Taser assaults on disabled Californian patients (2012-06-31)

Posted on June 23 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY & COMMENTS : An anonymous whistle-blower has opened up the issue of tasers being used as ‘cattle prods” on dozen patients at the Sonoma Developmental Center. California Watch has highlighted the problems of abuse in the institution that serves roughly 1,700 residents with cerebral palsy, mental retardation and severe autism – disabilities that make […]

USA – Stillwater, Minnesota nursing home resident [79-yr-old man suffering from severe dementia] subdued with Taser (2012-02-22)

Posted on February 22 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A 79-yr-old man suffering from severe dementia in a nursing home is tasered after he reportedly used a ballpoint pen to stab a female employee in the chest and then refused to put the pen down. It was 5.30 am. The police tried to reason with him: He was zapped after the […]

USA – Meriden, Connecticut: Feds Want Records Of Homes Owned By Meriden Chief’s Family [charges of police brutality, including tasering in hospital grounds] (2011-11-17)

Posted on November 17 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS: This looks like a case of “bad cop”, and the “taser angle” is certainly not the core of the charges being brought against this Connecticut police-offic er. But one paragraph – towards the end, highlighted in bold – is multiplely disturbing: “In the third case, Evan Cossette used a Taser to subdue Joseph […]

USA – Gwynett County, Georgia – Police use Taser on nurse [stopping arrest of psychiatric patient] (2011-10-31)

Posted on October 31 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS: A nurse “had to be tasered” by police who said she was obstructing a patient’s arrest. She was herself arrested. Police had gone to a psychiatric hospital to arrest a patient accused of sexually assaulting another patient. The nurse would not allow officers to get to the patient’s room, telling them, “Hell no […]

TASER Inc. – University of Texas Agency Purchases New TASER X2 ECDs (2011-09-12)

Posted on September 12 2011 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS : TASER Inc. press release. Texas, way ahead the “state execution state” moves ahead with tasers – X2 “dual-shot capability” – in University of Texas security – including the Cancer Unit and Health Sciences centre. See the claim in the press release: “Today, the use of a TASER ECDs have saved […]

USA – Waterbury, Connecticut: NAACP launches investigation into taser death (2011-05-17)

Posted on May 18 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Police say 26-year-old African-American Marcus Brown was combative even after being cuffed and put into the back of a cruiser so an officer tased him. He had been arrested for causing a disturbance in a hospital emergency room. Handcuffed in the police cruiser, Marcus received at least one more taser discharge; unresponsive, […]

USA – Connecticut man dies after being shot with Taser by police; man was acting up in hospital lobby (2011-05-01)

Posted on May 2 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: in a scenario repeated too often, a man causes “a disturbance” in a hospital ward, the police are called, arrest him, place him in the police car, where “he continued to act belligerent”; they taser him, and he dies. Surely not because of the the taser discharge (!?)]] DAILY NEWS, by Philip […]

CANADA – Tasering prompts wider probe: Group homes accused of using police for help (2011-04-22)

Posted on April 23 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: “After looking into the recent Tasering by RCMP of an 11-year-old boy in northern British Columbia, the province’s children’s advocate says she is launching a review of concerns that some group homes have repeatedly used police to help them manage or discipline children.” It seems this is standard practice. Also here: the […]

USA – Taser used on postsurgical patient at Bedford (Texas) hospital , police say (2010-12-25)

Posted on December 25 2010 by admin

Star-Telegram, y Darren Barbee BEDFORD — An unruly postsurgical patient at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford was hit by a powerful jolt of electricity from a Taser earlier this month, causing him to lose control of his muscles as he was subdued, police said. In an incident cloaked in patient-privacy secrecy, Bedford police said […]

TASER Inc. – Safety agencies call for ‘limited use’ of tasers in hospitals (2010-12-19)

Posted on December 19 2010 by admin

Pennsylvania … The Morning Call, Tim Darragh … Hospitals’ delicate balance: Safety vs. patients’ welfare. Agencies want to limit use of weapons as rate of violence grows. A mentally ill person who hasn’t taken his medicine is brought to a hospital emergency department and begins cursing and throwing wild punches at nurses and doctors. Is […]

NEW ZEALAND – Mental health patients disproportionately targeted by tasers (2010-12-15)

Posted on December 15 2010 by admin … The introduction of TASERs into New Zealand policing, and especially the identification of people in mental health crisis as one potential target group, raises serious concerns for mental health nurses. TASERs have been associated with over 150 deaths internationally, and raise the possibility of additional trauma for people in mental health crisis. Mental […]

AUSTRALIA – Queensland Nurses call for Gold Coast hospital Tasers (2010-06-12)

Posted on June 12 2010 by admin, by Peter Truman MEDICAL experts have proposed the use of Tasers to subdue unruly patients in the emergency department of the Gold Coast Hospital. Police would be charged with firing the stun guns at violent or psychotic patients. During a podcast about the department, emergency nurse educator David Corkhill and Director of Emergency Medicine […]

CANADA / QUEBEC – Taser sur un trisomique: «la meilleure option», dit la police [Tasering a man with Down’s syndrome: “the best option” according to the police] (2009-10-09)

Posted on October 9 2009 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS: The police are maintaining that using the taser was the “best option” in handling a 46-year-old man in a residence, suffering from Down’s syndrome. Anything else, the pocie-chief says, and his officers might have been injured (“auraient pu être blessés”) . But isn’t that why we pay the police so well: they might […]