Archive for the 'Immigrants & asylum-seekers' Category

USA – Phoenix, Arizona: Activists: “Inmate On Life Support After Jail Fight » [and apparent tasering] (2011-12-19)

Posted on December 19 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Latino Ernest Atencio was found unresponsive in a jail cell after fighting with deputies. He is being kept alive on life support. He has several marks from a Taser stun gun on his body but no signs of head trauma. Sgt. Steve Matos, a police spokesman, said that based on early reports, […]

AUSTRALIA – No justification for migration law changes [asylums seekers under tasers threat … ] (2011-09-19)

Posted on September 19 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The author is a leading member of Australian Bar Association and says rights are being denied to asylum seekers, protesting that to “restore power to the executive enabling the removal of irregular maritime arrivals for third country processing.” means deprivining the asylum-seekers of rights. ” Those responsible for removal of persons to […]

CANADA – Patrick Bolland: “More than just another Canadian taser death: ‘The taser killed Aron Firman’” (2011-02-18)

Posted on February 18 2011 by admin

An initial version of this text was published on the Canadian Dimension blog on 10 February 2011 (http://canadiandimension.com/articles/3723/) The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) reported on December 6 2010 “Taser killed Ontario man: Ontario Special Investigations Unit”. The SIU, a provincial independent police oversight body, had just issued its report on the death of Aron Firman […]

SWITZERLAND – Taser use sanctioned by government (2011-02-16)

Posted on February 16 2011 by admin

[[GlobalShock: A “government report says that tasers have been used 52 times over the past eight years – in 42 of the cases the Taser was fired at a person, and in the other ten the person gave themselves up to the police when threatened with the weapon. Tasers have been part of the arsenal […]

FRANCE – Le Taser dans l’œil de la justice (The Taser under the eyes of the justice system) (2010-12-28)

Posted on January 1 2011 by admin

[[GlobalShock: TASER Inc. in a press release, published the same day in policemag.com, which is almost their inhouse police magazine (see ANALAYSES: “How Taser Inc. sells its products”), although this is not recognized on the magazine’s internet site . TASER Inc. is lauching its latest consumer product, focusing on restoring traditional family values (read: “parental control”). It does not come cheap. but it’s likely to prove a good PR exercise with the police, showing “TASER Inc. cares” (as with the “Foundation for Officers who die on duty”.]]

FRANCE – Décès après Taser: un collectif demande “vérité, justice” [Death of Malian in France following taser use: a Collective calls for “Truth and Justice”](2010-12-29)

Posted on December 29 2010 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Nearly 200 people responded to the call for a demonstration by a new group “Vérité Justice pour Mahamadou Marega”- following the death of a Malian who had received two taser discharges in the Paris suburb of Colombes. The collective insisted Mr Marega was not an illegal immigrant and had no police dossier: […]

AUSTRIA – Armed Egyptian man brings U-Bahn service to a standstill, struck down by taser (2010-12-17)

Posted on December 17 2010 by admin

Austrian Independent A Vienna underground line came to a halt for two hours after an armed Egyptian man sat down on the rails yesterday (Thurs). Ahmed M. handed out leaflets at the U4 U-Bahn line Landstraße station which criticised authorities for not awarding him Austrian citizenship after having lived 10 years in the country. The […]

FRANCE – Décès après l’utilisation du taser : les voisins témoignent (Death following taser – neighbours testify) (2010-12-02)

Posted on December 2 2010 by admin

tf1 … 48 heures après la tempête médiatique suscitée par la mort d’un malien de 38 ans à Colombes, et alors que l’autopsie a livré ses premiers enseignements, nous sommes retournés dans le bâtiment où le drame a eu lieu. Deux jours après la mort à Colombes, d’un Malien de 38 ans ayant reçu deux […]

FRANCE – Un homme meurt après deux décharges de Taser à Colombes [A man dies at Colombes after receiving two taser shocks (2010-12-01)

Posted on December 1 2010 by admin

Un homme est décédé dans la nuit de lundi à mardi à Colombes (Hauts-de-Seine) après avoir reçu deux décharges du pistolet à impulsions électriques Taser pendant son interpellation par la police. L’homme était un Malien de 38 ans en situation irrégulière. Il avait une autorisation provisoire de séjour datant de 1993, selon une source policière, […]

FRANCE– Taser – le Malien est mort “d’asphyxie” [TASER: The Malian died of “asphyxia”] (2010-12-01)

Posted on December 1 2010 by admin

AFP … Le Figaro … Le Malien qui avait été neutralisé avec un Taser lors de son interpellation à Colombes (Hauts-de-Seine) est décédé mardi d’”une asphyxie aiguë et massive”, a annoncé à le parquet de Nanterre. Pour l’heure, “il n’y a pas de cause certaine, unique et absolue du décès”, a prévenu une porte-parole du […]

FRANCE – Immigrant dies following police Taser shooting in France (2010-11-30)

Posted on November 30 2010 by admin

Reuters, By RADIO FRANCE INTERNATIONALE … A Malian immigrant died Tuesday after French police shot him twice with a Taser stun gun during a clash in the Paris suburb of Colombes, a police spokesperson told the AFP wire service. “During his arrest, a Taser was used twice. Following the intervention, the person died of a […]

FRANCE – Colombes: les policiers «ont été contraints» d’utiliser le Taser, selon Hortefeux [French interior-minister says police were forced to use taser] (2010-11-30)

Posted on November 30 2010 by admin

Colombes: les policiers «ont été contraints» d’utiliser le Taser, selon Hortefeux Le ministre de l’Intérieur Brice Hortefeux a justifié mardi l’utilisation du Taser à Colombes (Hauts-de-Seine) contre un homme mort après avoir reçu deux décharges, affirmant que «les policiers ont été contraints» d’en faire usage. «D’après les premiers éléments, il apparaît que, face à l’agressivité […]

FRANCE – Immigrant dies after French police Taser him twice (2010-11-30)

Posted on November 30 2010 by admin

Sunday Times, Mohideen Mifthah … A hammer-wielding Malian immigrant died Tuesday after French police shot him twice with a Taser stun gun during a scuffle, a police spokesman told AFP. “During his arrest, a Taser was used twice. Following the intervention, the person died of a cause that remains to be determined,” the spokesman said, […]

MEXICO – Border Patrol is grappling with misconduct cases in its ranks (2010-09-07)

Posted on September 7 2010 by admin

LATimes: US border-patrol agents frequently abuse Mexicans caught crossing into the USA. … in May, … Border Patrol agents were involved along with customs personnel in the death of a detainee who was beaten and shocked with a Taser up to four times. The agents said the detainee became violent while being deported to Mexico. The Taser, the beating and methamphetamine in the detainee’s system all were factors in his death, according to the San Diego County medical examiner.

MEXICO – Autopsy of dead Mexican illegal immigrant (2010-07-19)

Posted on July 19 2010 by admin

An attorney for a Mexican man who died after being shocked with a stun gun by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer said Monday the sequence of events described in an autopsy report bolsters his case that the officer used excessive force.

MEXICO – Autopsy Does Not Clear Up Questions in Death of Illegal Immigrant Tasered by Border (2010-07-16)

Posted on July 16 2010 by admin

SAN DIEGO (AP) — An autopsy report says it’s unclear how a heart condition and methamphetamine use may have caused the death of a Mexican man who was shot with a stun gun by a U.S. agent in San Diego. The death of 42-year-old Anastasio Hernandez on May 29 sparked outrage in Mexico. The Mexican […]

MEXICO / USA – Amnesty International calls for restrictions on Taser use by US border police following death of Mexican migrant (2010-06-03)

Posted on June 23 2010 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: “Amnesty International calls for restrictions on Taser use by US border police following death of Mexican migrant … Anastasio Hernandez was detained on 28 May after re-entering the USA illegally through the US border with Mexico. He had reportedly been deported two months earlier. Customs and Border Patrol police reportedly hit him […]

CANADA – Braidwood Inquiry, Part 2: “Why?” (2010-06-31)

Posted on June 21 2010 by admin

Globalshock: The June 2010 summary/recommendations of Volume 2 (Why?) of the British Columbia “Braidwood Inquiry” into the 2007 death of Robert Dziekanski. A long post which focuses on the circumstances surrounding Mr Dziekanski’s death following multiple tasering by RCMP police-officers at Vancouver International Airport …  merits reading… Judge Braidwood concluded: ” … We will never […]

CANADA – Braidwood Inquiry – Part 2 – ‘Why?’ – Executive summary & recommendations (2010-06-19)

Posted on June 19 2010 by admin

The June 2010 summary/recommendations of Volume 2 (Why?) of the British Columbia “Braidwood Inquiry” into the 2007 death of Robert Dziekanski. A long post which focuses on the circumstances surrounding Mr Dziekanski’s death following multiple tasering by RCMP police-officers at Vancouver International Airport …  merits reading… Judge Braidwood concluded: ” … We will never know, […]

AUSTRALIA – Detainees complain of Taser, stun gun use (2010-06-15)AUSTRALIA – Detainees complain of Taser, stun gun use (2010-06-15)

Posted on June 15 2010 by admin

A group of Australian asylum seekers in the Indonesian detention centre at Tanjung Pinang, off the Singaopore coast are on hunger strike, protesting about conditions in the facility. Detainees say local immigration officials are using stun guns on asylum seekers and have threatened to kill them.