Archive for the 'Indigenous population' Category

AUSTRALIA – Review of police lockup Taser ban (2014-06-04)

Posted on June 4 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Should tasers be used in prison-cells (“lock-ups”) ? The aboriginal community says No” – particularly since were two police officers were given suspended jail sentences for assaulting Kevin Spratt who was tasered 13 times at the East Perth Watch House in 2008. But police are arguing for their re-introduction: tasers would be […]

AUSTRALIA – Queensland: Indigenous community demand answers and promise to protest over Sheila Oakley being tasered (2014-02-17)

Posted on February 17 2014 by admin

[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Protesters say they will march on Logan police again this Saturday and every Saturday until some answers into how a local indigenous Woodridge woman, Sheila Oakle, who is participating in the protest, was tasered in the eye are given. Meanwhile, Ms Oakley had returned to hospital yesterday for more surgery to her […]

AUSTRALIA – Queensland: Protesters stage anti-Taser rally in Logan after Sheila Oakley blinded in one eye (2014-02-16)

Posted on February 16 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Indigenous community leaders say Queensland Police have inflamed tensions in Logan City by turning up at an anti-Taser protest armed with Tasers. More than 100 people marched to Logan Police Station after Sheila Oakley was blinded in one eye after being tasered by an officer earlier this month. Ms Oakley, 36, was […]

AUSTRALIA – Taser-clad police turn up to anti-taser protest (2014-02-15)

Posted on February 15 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Tasers to oppose those opposed to tasers? Supporters of a Logan woman who was blinded in one eye after being tasered marched on the local police station on Saturday demanding justice for Sheila Oakley. Ms Oakley, 36, led the march.]] Brisbane Times and Sun-Herald, by Cameron Atfield Supporters of a Logan woman […]

AUSTRALIA – Woman blinded in one eye after being tasered by police officer (2014-02-07)

Posted on February 7 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: (see video here) Sheila Oakley, 36, an aboriginal woman, was tasered in the eye by the officer at her home near Brisbane yesterday, who was a highly experienced Taser trainer. He continued to arrest her with the taser dart in her eye. Ms Oakley was intoxicated and admits she held a stick […]

CANADA – North-West Territories: Proposed Taser purchase alarms Iqaluit council (2014-01-14)

Posted on January 14 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: City councilors in this remote northern community are baffled by “Taser and laser” – lasers? – request in 2014 budget, and decide to put the request off until their next meeting, since the taser has proven to be so controversial. (Reported elsewhere: the taser had already by the RCMP 25 times been […]

NEW ZEALAND – Police TASER Reports: Key Findings: 22 March 2010 to 30 June 2013 (2012-12-10)

Posted on December 10 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The New Zealand Police (better than the UK) provides detailed analysis of taser use by its police. This is the latest synopsis from a Police press release. Some of the key findings: 35 TASER show events per 10,000 Police apprehensions, and 5 TASER discharge events per 10,000 Police apprehensions; There were 2,646 TASER […]

NEW ZEALAND – Taser use, and injuries, on the rise (2013-12-10)

Posted on December 10 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Taser use up – but only actually fired on 72/552 times it was drawn from January to June 2013, with injuries increasing – 10 people moderately or seriously injured as a result of a shot in the six months to June 30. The number was the highest six-month figure since the weapons […]

AUSTRALIA – Queensland: Eleven arrested after Aurukun riot [following police use of taser] (2103-10-01)

Posted on October 1 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Police used a Taser on a man late on Monday afternoon, prompting a riot in the tiny Aboriginal community of Aurukun community in Queensland. The settlement of about 1000 people erupted after the incident, with a large number of people forcing officers to retreat to the police station compound.]] Brisbane Times, […]

CANADA – Brantford, Ontario: ‘Get down! Get down! Taser!’ (2013-01-17)

Posted on January 17 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The taser as one element in a confrontation with substantial police brutality: Landon Curley, 26, an aboriginal man (Mohawk: Six Nations ), explains how he was tasered by Six-Nations Police after he fell asleep at a friend’s house. Two officers are charged with forcible entry, assault and unlawful confinement.After a night drinking […]

AUSTRALIA – Tasers in the spotlight – comforting myths and shocking realities (2012-12-05

Posted on December 5 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The Conversation [an independent source of analysis, commentary and news from the university and research sector ), Monash University [20 minutes out of Melbourne], publishes this inciteful commentary on two recent taser coronial findings. Five Australians have died following use of the taser. In the case of Brazilian Roberto Curti, there was […]

AUSTRALIA – Police work to ease taser tensions (2012-11-20)

Posted on November 20 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Police units north of Sydney engage in damage-control following protests by more than 100 aboriginal community members of the January 2011, tasering of a 14-year old boy, who was targeted twice when police say he resisted arrest, and then again tasering of a group last week. This latter claim was denied by […]

AUSTRALIA – CCC [Corruption and Crime Commission] slammed for inaction on tasered man Kevin Spratt (2012-11-15)

Posted on November 15 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Western Australia’s Corruption and Crime Commission (CCC) has been lambasted by a parliamentary committee for being slow to launch its investigation into police who tasered Kevin Spratt at least 12 times in August 2008.]] Herald-Sun WA’s Corruption and Crime Commission (CCC) has been lambasted by a parliamentary committee for being slow to […]

AUSTRALIA – Lawyer slams police who tasered 14-yr-old aboriginal New South Wales boy (2012-11-14)

Posted on November 14 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: see the video of a 14-year-old aboriginal boy being tasered by police on this site. about whether officers are adhering to operating procedures in their use of the devices. The boy’s lawyer says: “Watching the tape, watching the child crying and screams, and the fact that police weren’t really concerned, that was […]

NEW ZEALAND – Police to continue using tasers (2102-10-30)

Posted on October 30 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : At a 4-day “Australasian Electronic Device conference” in Wellington, New Zealand, New Zealand police say they will not consider stopping the use of tasers. The police say that sionce Tasers were introduced in New Zealand in March 2010 after being trialled in 2006 and 2007 they have discharged tasers 212 times, […]

AUSTRALIA – Spratt taser investigation handballed (2012-10-24)

Posted on October 24 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Kevin Spratt, an indigenous man, was tasered multiple times by officers in Wersdtern Auistralia in 2008. His case has since been passed from one agency to another, has been hand-balled from agency to agency, despite the transparency of the videotape evidence (available on this site). A parliamentary report is also critical of […]

AUSTRALIA – New South Wales Police taser appeal has been dropped (2012-09-04)

Posted on September 4 2012 by admin

[[Summary / Comments : An aboriginal man, Phillip Charles Bugmy, has been found not-guilty of all charges and the State Supreme Court ruled police used excessive force in tasering him during his arrest in Wilcannia last year. Mr Bugmy’s solicitor asked: “Does the Police Commissioner consider that tasering someone, in their lounge room, on their […]

AUSTRALIA – ‘Far West’ Police taser appeal has been dropped (2012-09-04)

Posted on September 4 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Western Australia Police have dropped a Supreme Court appeal against a man who was found to be unlawfully tasered in the state’s far west. A Local Court found Phillip Charles Bugmy – an aboriginal man – not-guilty of all charges and ruled police used excessive force in tasering him during his arrest […]

AUSTRALIA – A history of Tasers in Australia (2012-03-22)

Posted on March 22 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The March 18 death of Laudisio Curti after he was tasered has led to a renewed national debate on the use of tasers in Asutralia. This Australian Broadcasting Company survey points to the deaths already recorded and many other questions of taser abuse by Australian police. Note: This article contains links to […]

CANADA – Suit seeks to link police to Clarence Alvin Willey death – In-custody fatality (2012-02-09)

Posted on February 29 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Clayton Alvin Willey, who died 16 hours after he was tasered in 2003, was, police have now admitted, physically abused by officers once inside the Prince George detachment. However, none of the reports into the incident ties Willey’s death to the conduct of police. A civil law suit now underway by the […]