Archive for the 'Independent research' Category

USA – Medical research: Medical Conditions and Restraint in Patients Suffering From Excited Delirium (2014-05-21)

Posted on May 21 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Police overusing the diagnosis of “excited delirium”: All 66 suspects considered by police in one jurisdiction were followed up at hospital. 42 were treated in emergency departments. Officer-identified cases of ExDS infrequently involved individuals requiring extensive restraint or with medical conditions that objectively placed them at high risk for sudden death.]] American […]

NEW ZEALAND – Police use of Tasers in mental health emergencies: A review (2014-03-20)

Posted on March 20 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A review article – global – of the use of tasers on people presenting mental health emergencies, who appear specially vulnerable. Also discusses problems of conflict of interests in much of the research.]] International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, by Anthony J. O’Brien and Katey Thom Abstract: The proliferation of Tasers among […]

FRANCE – New TASER injuries: lacrimal canaliculus laceration and ethmoid bone fracture (2014-02-28)

Posted on February 28 2014 by admin

 [[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: This is the abstract of an article published in the International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, showing how tasers can cause serious facial injuries. “This case expands the knowledge of injuries that may occur as a result of the use of this device and the management of peri-ocular TASER injuries.”]] International […]

(2013-12-03) BRAZIL – Sociedade de Cardiologia questiona a utilização de armas não letais Taser [Cardiology Association questioning the use of non-lethal Taser guns]

Posted on December 3 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: (Edited Google translation, see the original Portuguese text below, in italics) The president of the Brazilian Cardiological Association (SBC) warns that only half of scientific the studies on tasers find them safe, pointing to the lack of reliability in research studies that are not fully independent. Taser is used widely in Brazil, […]

USA – Cerebrovascular accident (CVA) in association with a Taser-induced electrical injury (2013-11-30)

Posted on November 30 2013 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS :  Case study of a patient who had a stroke (cerebrovascular accident) after being tasered … raising the possibility of association between the electrical injury and the ischemic stroke.]] Emergency radiology, by Nicholas Bell, Matthew Moon, Peter Dross Abstract Various adverse outcomes related to the use of electrical weapons such as the […]

CANADA – Taser, other stun gun deaths ‘extremely rare’ (2013-10-15)

Posted on October 15 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Why select this element of a 112-page report to summarize it?  “Available studies suggest that while fatal complications are biologically plausible, they would be extremely rare,” the report says. – The key is that more quality research is needed to evaluate tasers in Canada. A small number of cases have revealed […]

CANADA – Police use-of-force registry would help weigh risks of taser use, study says (2013-10-15)

Posted on October 15 2013 by admin

 [[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Summary of the just-released “Health effects of conducted electric weapons” report. Focus on the conclusion that respiratory and cardiac risks are limited due to a lack of high-quality evidence; still, the study states that “while fatal complications are biologically plausible, they would be extremely rare.” 9000 tasers in use in Canada, […]

(2013-10-12) FLORIDA: Death of Miami Beach teenager rekindles debate over Taser safety [[tasered, then died // teenager tasered // corporate spin]]

Posted on October 12 2013 by admin

Two months later, Death of tasered street artist Israel Hernandez Llach after spray-painting abandoned MacDonald’s continues to stir controversy. He was shot in chest. Text repeats TASER Inc.’s “nearly 17,000 law enforcement agencies in 107 countries” use tasers. Family says he was in fine health.

USA – Five Texas Police Departments Ban Tasers (2013-09-28)

Posted on September 28 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: This weekend, five police departments in North Texas — Mansfield, Richland Hills, Crowley, Murphy and Burleson — announced they had removed Taser guns from the list of equipment used by officers. The police are not saying why, but a lawyer report the departments enacted the ban to protect themselves from lawsuits. Amnesty […]

AUSTRALIA – New South Wales: Tasers and their use by police: a research guide (2013-08-11)

Posted on August 11 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : a rare example of a public library providing a reading list of really helpful resources all related to New South Wales on the taser and its (ab)uses. If only other libraries were doing the same! See the URL at the bottom for the links.]] New South Wales State Library (update of […]

UK – Weakened Taser Guidance Permits Use as Compliance Tool as Safety Research Questioned (2013-07-08)

Posted on July 21 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A blog raises question over a lack of research into its effects on public health and ambiguous guidance on its use. Tasers were first trialled in the UK with firearms officers in 2003 before being rolled out across the country to police in 2008. A member of the Law Society’s Human […]

USA – Study – ‘Taser Shots to Chest Pose No Extra Cardiac Arrest Danger’ – Dr Bozeman (2013-07-18)

Posted on July 18 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Dr Boseman’s research consistently supports TASER International …. “Taking a Taser shot to the chest is no more dangerous than to other body parts”, a Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center study has found. TASER International, which makes the devices, issued a “training bulletin” in 2009 that recommended law-enforcement officers target the […]

USA – Cincinnati: “Did Taser maker do proper study?”: I-Team (2013-05-17)

Posted on May 17 2013 by admin

  [[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Points out some of several of the most contentious issues in research on tasers … How it was launched with minimal scientific data – with just $14,000 spent on preliminary research – the $21-million stockholders’ payout for inadequate safety studies, the decision of a California judge of $10-million in damages […]

USA – Rialto, California: Wearing a Badge, and a Video Camera (2013-05-06)

Posted on May 6 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : At last! – Behavioural research on taser use (or at least, use of force): Excessive force goes down substantially when police believe they are being recorded on video, based on this study in Rialto, California. But the emphasis and conclusion reached by TASER International and police sites citing this research: less […]

USA – Respiratory and cardiovascular response during electronic control device exposure in law enforcement trainees (2013-04-18)

Posted on April 18 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Participants (N = 23) were trainees exposed to 5 s of a taser, Respiratory recordings were made. The exposure period resulted in the cessation of normal breathing patterns in all participants and in particular a decrease in inspiratory activity. No significant changes in heart rate during ECD exposure were found.]] Frontiers […]

USA – TASER International research: ‘Prehospital ketamine and Excited delirium syndrome : 2 case examples’ (2012-12-15)

Posted on December 15 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Dr Ho and his team work for TASER International – which you wouldn’t know from reading this research abstract. A principal thread of TASER’s scientific research is to show that “excited delirium” (“ED” – which is fancied up by its advocates as “ExDS”) actually exists and causes post-taser and post-severe police-restraint deaths. […]

USA – St. Louis, Missouri jury rules in favor of Taser in suit (2012-12-14)

Posted on December 14 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: a civil lawsuit in the case Colin Fahy of St. Louis, who was 17 when he went into cardiac arrest in 2007, claiming the company failed to properly warn of its devices’ dangers has been dismissed. The case was, according to this brief article, based on research on pigs: TASER International’s lawyers […]

CANADA – TASER – The Whole Story: Dr Mike Webster at the BC Parliamentary Commission on tasers (2012-10-15)

Posted on October 15 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The TruthNotTasers (TNT) blog titles this report “TASER – The Whole Story” – and police psychologist Mike Webster directly attacks numerous serious fault-lines in “taser science” and how police have been misled about tasers. We recommend reading the whole 3100-word text. A few phrases are in bold: these were highlined in our source. […]

USA – “First study of Taser use against minors – No significant harm” (2012-09-20)

Posted on September 20 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A Police website – “The Force Science Institute is dedicated to the study of human dynamics in high stress, rapidly unfolding force encounters” – is the first to broadcast the “good news” of a project by Dr Bozeman’s research group: zaps from CEWs “during apprehension of adolescents does not seem to pose […]

USA – Wake Forest: “Tasered Youths Fare as Well as Adults,” New Research Says (2012/09/18)

Posted on September 18 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Dr Bozeman’s research team finds new positive findings. As a blogger – EETimes ( – puts it: “Tasers are safe for kids, as well”. Yes, this is the findings here: “Adolescents who are tasered by law enforcement officers do not appear to be at higher risk for serious injury than adults”, based […]