Archive for the 'Indep. Police Complaints Commission (IPCC: UK)' Category

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 […]

UK – Independent Police Complaints Commission makes recommendations to force after investigations into use of Taser in custody cells (2014-04-14)

Posted on April 13 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Two incidents in Lancashire in July and September 2013 involved Taser being used by officers attempting to carry out strip searches, and led to complaints by the detainees. Although the investigations found that the use of Taser could be justified in both instances, there were some areas of concern highlighted by the […]

UK – Lancashire Taser police officer told to say sorry (2014-03-27)

Posted on March 27 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A mild rebuke for a serious offense! – A police officer who Tasered a partially-sighted stroke victim has been told to improve in his job and apologise to the man. After an Independent Police Complaints Commissioninvestigation. a police officer who Tasered a partially-sighted stroke victim has been told to improve in his […]

UK – Cornwall and Devon: Cops taser terror (2014-01-08)

Posted on January 8 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A police watchdog – the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) – is probing how Devon and Cornwall cops killed one man and injured a group of schoolboys with taser guns last year. The two unrelated incidents left 23 year old Andrew Pimlott dead and three boys aged 14 and 15, injured. Andrew Pimlott […]

UK – St. Helens, Lancashire: Two police officers sacked for savage taser use (2013-10-30)

Posted on October 30 2013 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Two police officers have been sacked after they wrongly arrested a man and, in a police vehicle, delivered FIVE rounds of taser to him for urinating in a back-alley in Liverpool in 2009. The police officers had twice appealed the charges. The IPCC investigated this issue concerned that such incidents […]

UK – Liverpool: Taser victim sues police despite IPCC saying use was justified (2013-09-27)

Posted on September 27 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : 23-year-old James McCarthy suffered a heart attack after being hit with stun gun by officers during Liverpool hotel brawl last year. Mr McCarthy was hit twice, including by one discharge that lasted 11 seconds, and suffered a cardiac arrest. His lawyer is now pursuing a civil claim against Merseyside police for […]

UK – Manchester: Funeral ‘will celebrate the life of tragic Taser victim’ (2013-09-12)

Posted on September 12 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The funeral of 23-yr-old factory worker Jordan Begley – who died two hours after being Tasered by police – will be held next week. His mother reported she had called police to settle a domestic dispute between Jordan and a neighbour and that her son had been ‘calm and compliant’ with […]

UK – Chorley, Lancashire: Taser officer is cleared [after tasering blind man] (2013-09-03)

Posted on September 3 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A blind man was tasered following a mistaken identity (his white walking stick was mistaken for a samurai sword). The Independent Police Complaints Commission has cleared the officer: “The circumstances are unusual because the officer was acting on the basis of erroneous reports from members of the public that the victim […]

UK – Manchester: Tragic Jordan Begley ‘was unarmed when police Tasered him’ (2013-07-30)

Posted on July 30 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The Independent Police Complaints Commission launched an immediate inquiry in the aftermath of a 23-year-old’s death on July 10. Investigators probing the Taser death of Jordan Begley have been told by eyewitnesses that he was unarmed and restrained when he was shot by police. Officers were initially called to deal with […]

UK – Plymouth – Andrew Pimlott burns death [following use of taser by police] prompts IPCC Taser inquiry (2013-04-27)

Posted on April 27 2013 by admin

[[Summary / Comments : A classic case of the fire dangers of tasers. The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said it was investigating why the taser was used against Andrew Pimlott, 32, who had covered himself with flammable liquid and whether it ignited the liquid which caused a man to be fatally burned. A lawyer […]

UK – (2013-01-19) Man dies after being ‘tasered’ – 44-year-old Martin Baskeyfield was stopped by police in Burslem (2013-01-19)

Posted on January 19 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: .This is looking increasingly like a delayed taser-caused death – three months after he was tasered: Motorist Martin Baskeyfield was tasered in a Burslem street on September 29 after being stopped by police on suspicion of driving while disqualified. He was was admitted to hospital on October 4 and remained there until […]

UK – Campaigners raise concerns over increased police Taser use (2012-10-21)

Posted on October 22 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Taser use in England rose by 45% in 2011 and the numbers are expected to continue to increase. Mistaken deployment of Taser on a Lancashire blind man – mistaking his blind-stick for a taser – and other incidents spark calls for more police control and restraint. A few weeks earlier, James McCarthy, […]

UK – ‘If you give the police more Tasers, don’t be shocked by the result’ (2012-10-21)

Posted on October 21 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: When the police ask for extra weaponry in the struggle to defend our civil liberties, it’s time to start worrying. Last June the Police Federation wrote to the prime minister asking for the number of Tasers to be treble. The tasering of an elderly blind man who’d already suffered from two strokes […]

UK – London: Did police shoot George Asare four times THEN Taser him? Marksmen accused of shocking man as he lay in a pool of blood (2012-04-03)

Posted on April 3 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT: Police marksmen were accused last night of Tasering a man as he lay grievously wounded in the street after they had shot him four times with live bullets. Witnesses claim they heard one of the 50,000 volt stun guns being discharged after a British-born Ghanaian, George Asare, 25, collapsed in a pool […]

UK – Falmouth, Cornwall: Taser officer suspended from using stun gun (2012-03-15)

Posted on March 15 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A policeman who tasered a « fairly intoxicated » 19 year-old man at a street party in Cornwall was subsequently suspended from operating the weapon, police have confirmed – not much of punishment for what would appear abusive use of this weapon, and a tendency to trivialize its use in the UK. […]

UK – No police misconduct as Moat suicide verdict returned (2011-09-27)

Posted on September 27 2011 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The 10 jury members of the highly dramatized inquest into the death of Raoul Moat – see other stories – finally says the taser X-Rep, (issued illegally to the police …) did not kill him and no police officers are charged with misconduct”. “Moat was struck by one of the […]

UK – Manchester: Taser use on teenager sparks probe (2011-09-16)

Posted on September 16 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS  : Mother calls 999 to report her 16-yr-old son following an assault had locked her out … When police arrived, … He then said he came out with his hands out but was then “jumped on” which led to a scuffle before the stun gun was used. ]] An inquiry is under […]

UK – IPCC: an organisation in desperate need of a new leader 2011-09-09)

Posted on September 9 2011 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The UK police watchdog needs a fresh approach at the top as it faces criticism over its handling of the Mark Duggan case according to this article in the UK Guardian, Following two taser-related eath in England, questionas are raised about, the head of the IPCC investigations team, Moir Stewart, […]

UK – Man hit by police Taser in Bolton died from stab wounds (2011-08-25)

Posted on August 25 2011 by admin

[[ Summary / Comments: A man from Greater Manchester who stabbed himself and was then Tasered by police died from stab wounds, a post-mortem examination has found. This remains to be confirmed at an Inquest and did the taser not create the condition that made the stabbing fatal? The question remains open ]] BBC: A […]

UK – Three deaths in eight days spark concern over arrest methods (2011-08-25)

Posted on August 25 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Three taser-related deaths in a week have sparked contraversy in England: Investigations have been launched following the deaths of two men this week during separate arrest attempts in Cheshire and Bolton in which Tasers and pepper spray were deployed. Last week a Cumbrian body builder, Dale Burns, became the first person in […]