Archive for the 'Official Inquiry into tasers' Category

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, […]

USA – Montpelier, Vermont: Police chief withdraws his request that the Montpelier Police Department carry tasers [No title in original press release] (2011-11-18)

Posted on November 18 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS : An important “No!” to tasers from Montpelier City Hall – the Vermont State capital. On 17 November 2011, Chief Anthony Facos asked to withdraw his request that the Montpelier Police Department carry tasers and asked that the City Council discontinue any additional hearings or discussion on the issue. Following a report by […]

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 – Taser and pepper spray review ruled out by police (2011-08-24)

Posted on August 24 2011 by admin

[[ Summary / Comments : Despite growing criticism, the UK Association of Chief Police Officers says it will not review Tasers or pepper spray use at this stage despite three deaths in eight days. The three deaths occurred after arrests in Bolton, Cheshire and Cumbria during which Tasers or spray were used.]] The Association of […]

AUSTRALIA – Canberra: Watchdog demands taser-cam (2011-08-18)

Posted on August 18 2011 by admin

[[ Summary / Comments: Despite the fact the videocams are not necessarily a valid source of evidence of police use of tasers, Video recording devices must be attached to tasers in the ACT (Canberra area) as a matter of urgent priority, according to the Commonwealth Ombudsman. Tasers will be given to front-line police for the […]

USA – North Carolina: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police shelve Tasers for now after another, second suspect dies (2011-07-22)

Posted on July 22 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Following a second taser-related death, local police shelve tasers to they can be tested for safety (see related TASER Inc. story: “not really a problem”) – The first resulted in ana ward of $10m against TASER Inc. ]] By Cleve R. Wootson Jr. & Gary L. Wright Investigators are asking […]

UK – IPCC clears arrest death West Mercia police officers (2011-07-12)

Posted on July 12 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The UK Independent Police Complaints Commission has said officers acted appropriately in the case of a Shropshire man who died after arrest.Earlier this month an inquest concluded Mr Pearce died from a heart attack brought on either by drug use, or a condition known as excited delirium.]] The Independent Police Complaints […]

USA – Salt Lake City, Utah: Department of Justice Study : Excessive stun gun use increases risk of death (2011-05-27)

Posted on May 28 2011 by admin

Salt Lake Tribune Police officers using stun guns should avoid shooting people multiple times or for prolonged periods to reduce the risk of potential injury or death, according to a U.S. Department of Justice study prompted by hundreds of police-involved deaths across the country. Coroners and other medical experts on the study panel concluded that […]

USA – Hartford, Connecticut: U.S. Justice Department Study urges police to be cautious with stun guns (2011-05-27)

Posted on May 27 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: “Police officers using stun guns should avoid shooting suspects multiple times or for prolonged periods to reduce the risk of potential injury or death, according to a new U.S. Justice Department study prompted by hundreds of police-involved deaths across the country. Coroners and other medical experts on the study panel concluded that […]

AUSTRALIA – Crime and Misconduct Commission: No widespread Taser misuse in Queensland (2011-04-28)

Posted on May 2 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: “Indigenous people and the mentally ill are more likely to be tasered than other Queenslanders.” Yet a Queensland Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC) report has found most Taser use “appeared appropriate in the circumstances”, (appeared, only?) “with no evidence of widespread misuse” – (meaning several cases were identified?).]] Melbourne Age, byJessica Marszalek […]

AUSTRALIA – Injuries mount from Queensland police Taser use, report says (2011-04-28)

Posted on April 28 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: “TASER-related injuries have increased in Queensland and a high number of suspects are still being repeatedly shot almost a year after tougher controls were put on police using the 50,000 volt devices. But a Crime and Misconduct Commission report found no evidence of widespread misuse of the stun guns. The report, released […]

CANADA – Calgary Fatality inquiry to focus on drug-induced delirium (2011-04-07)

Posted on April 7 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Will this at last be a chance to really study the phenomenon of “excited delirium”? One suspects not, particularly since TASER Inc. is being invited to present its case and which “expert witnesses will he select? “The fatality inquiry into the death of [Gordon Walker Bowe] who died shortly after his arrest […]

USA – “50,000 volts a zap” (2011-04-03)

Posted on April 6 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Testimony from community groups & individuals to pressure the San Francisco Public Safety Committee not to rescind on its 2010 vote to withdraw tasers from police officers. The police continue to insist on their need for it on the use of force scale … There are also reports of TASER Inc. funding […]

UK – Taser contract criticised by Home Affairs Committee MPs (2011-03-07)

Posted on April 2 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: MPs “call it ‘unacceptable that there appears to be confusion’ over which Tasers are allowed to be supplied.” They also highlight the severe problem of “‘a monopoly supplier business model in police procurement’ and note that the new official Taser supplier consists of ‘more or less identical personnel operating in the same […]

UK – Police use of Tasers – House of Commons Home Affairs Committee (2011-03-07)

Posted on March 7 2011 by admin

[[GlobalShock: The British House of Commons committee is highly critical of the procedure by which the rejection of the original provider of tasers ( Pro-Tect Systems Ltd) due to distribution of X12 Tasers and XREP ammunition before these had been approved by the Home Office, simply changed its name (to Tactical Safety Responses Ltd) to become a “new company” – […]

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 ( 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 […]

AUSTRALIA – Canberra Police revisit taser use after initial rejection (2011-02-16)

Posted on February 16 2011 by admin

[[GlobalShock: “An Australia Capital Territory (ACT)  Government standing committee recommended tasers should not be given to general duties police in a report handed down more than four years ago… CT Policing is conducting another review into the use of tasers in the territory. The review was started late last year, but will take into account […]

UK – Wales – IPCC to probe taser gun assault claim (2011-01-29)

Posted on January 29 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The UK Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) reports it will investigate a 2009 episode in which “[a] man says when he was arrested a taser was deployed and hit his head … The alleged incident happened in August 2009 when the man, … says he was hospitalised, receiving up to 12 stitches […]

UK – Cops missed gunman Raoul Moat with their taser blasts (2011-01-05)

Posted on January 5 2011 by admin

[[Globalshock: After months of analysis, it is reported that the specially-trained UK police firearms officers at the 36-hour stake-out of Raoul Moat (see index) missed their target and probably tasered him after he had already shot himself … ]]

FRANCE – Taser – un juge d’instruction se penchera sur le décès d’un homme à Colombes (Investigating judge to examine the cause of the death of a tasered Colombes man (2010-12-28)

Posted on December 28 2010 by admin

  [[SUMMARY /COMMENTS : French magistrates in Nanterre are investigating the November 2010  death of Malian immigrant, Mahamadou Marega in Colombes in  the Paris suburbs. They are treating it as a “potential homicide” and will determine “the circumstances surrounding his death”, the first recorded taser-related death in France. Did the taser contribute to his heart […]