Archive for the 'Hostage-taking' Category

IRELAND – Gardaí [Police] use Taser on hostage-taker (2012-06-26)

Posted on June 26 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT: In Ireland, the police have access to tasers in extremely limited circumstances – the Garda (Police) Emergency Response Unit and the Garda Regional Support Unit which is the special unit of the Garda Siochana use the X26 stun gun for crowd control and room clearance and the new Regional Support Units. Here […]

THAILAND – Thai police end 6-hour standoff, subdue knife-wielding hostage-taker with rarely used Taser (2012-04-05)

Posted on April 5 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT: In a story getting reported very widely, the apparent “appropriate use” of the taser in Thailand – where is its very rarely used – is clearly getting a lot of mileage. Given the unreliability of tasers, the story could easily have ended up with the hostage dead. Interestingly, according to this report, […]

UK – ‘I’ll make Raoul Moat look like a f****** fairy’: Sinister boast of man held after two-day ‘siege’ (2011-05-09)

Posted on May 10 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A man emerges from an armed siege in western England wearing only his underpants, verbally aggressive and looking very belligerent (see photos). He is tasered. The arm was used as a compliance weapon. Was this necessary? The photos will certainly become a publicity tool for TASER Inc. ]] Daily Mail Reporter Tasered […]

GERMANY – Officer tasers hostage-taker in Frankenthal, Germany (2010-09-02)

Posted on September 2 2010 by admin

In a brief report, hostage-taker in village south of Frankfurt successfully subdued by taser used by police.

SWITZERLAND – Swiss police can use stun guns instead of regular arms (2008-12-31)

Posted on December 31 2008 by admin


USA – United Airlines– dropped its request to FAA for pilots to have tasers (2005-12-10)

Posted on December 10 2005 by admin

By BETH DeFALCO, Associated Press … Key excerpt in PoliceOne site (a Taser Inc. sponsored email magazine) : Shortly after the 2001 terrorist attacks, United Airlines purchased 1,300 Tasers for use on their airplanes. They trained all flight crews to use them, and planned to store them in the cockpit. United applied for approval from […]