Archive for the 'Lack of transparency' Category

AUSTRALIA – Ombudsman slams cop probe into taser death (2013-02-28)

Posted on February 28 2013 by admin

[[Summary / Comments: The New South Wales ombudsman has criticised a police investigation into the death of Brazilian student, Roberto Laudisio Curti, 21, who was tasered 14 times, saying it failed to deal with the issue of police misconduct. The Coroner had already called officers who tasered him 14 times “thuggish” and rejected some of […]

USA – A federal case in Colwyn, Philadelphia [a police-officer tasers a 16-yr-old shackled to a bench] (2012-11-17)

Posted on November 17 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A clear case of police/taser abuse, resulting in no charges against the police-officer involved: A Delaware County judge acquitted former Colwyn police Cpl. Trevor Parham of charges related to the Tasering of Da’Qwan Jackson, then 16, while he was shackled to a bench in a holding cell. He was cursing and ineffectually […]

USA – Out of Pandora’s Box: Taser Nation (2012-09-19)

Posted on September 19 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: legal, nonlethal Tasings are bad even if critics focus on deaths …They make for more pain and danger and fear in the world, and it’s all our own fault. The law-and-order crowd love them, of course; Tasers hurt people terribly and invite sadistic abuse. Tasing causes hideous pain, pain that rises to […]

USA – Melbourne, Florida: Rally raises awareness of police incident – Dozens support 66-year-old [suffering from dementia] tasered during arrest (2012-02-05)

Posted on February 5 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS – Albert Flowers, a 66-rear-old suffering from dementia, was was tasered by a police officer in October 2011, called to investigate reports of a disturbance involving a man with a knife – Mr Flowers apparently threatening his employees. The police turned off the dashboard video camera but it was later recovered and […]

USA – Cincinnati: Coroner Releases Details In Teen’s Taser Death [Taser not ruled out as cause of death] (2012-02-03)

Posted on February 3 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Even when it seems clear that the taser kills, coroners hesitate to blame the taser. A case in point: High school student, Everette Howard, 18, was stunned by a Taser gun deployed by officers at the University of Cincinnati six months ago, who said he was “acting aggressively and appeared to be […]

USA – Swartz Creek, Michigan, police add twist with new Tasers [re-arming officers with the ‘safer’ taser X2 at $4000 a unit] (2012-02-02)

Posted on February 2 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: SWARTZ CREEK, Genesee County, (pop.5750) Michigan has upgraded to the ‘double-header taser’: from the X26 to the X2. Chief Rick Clolinger said the new Tasers are more efficient in cases where the first shot misses or two suspects are resisting arrest. Hard to imagine how this is possible. At $4000 a unit, […]

USA – Tasers reissued to Charlotte, North Carolina, cops after six months (2012-01-25)

Posted on January 25 2012 by admin

WBTV, by Ron Lee [[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Tasers were withdrawn (without any known announcement ) from the Charlotte police for six months of checking, inspecting and reissuing, after the death of Lareko Williams in a sexual violence scenario: he ran away, the police tasered him, he died. The new taser X2 arsenal – a double-barreled […]

USA – Minneapolis – Lawsuit against ex-cop in TASER case is settled following $75k in March 2010, plus $45k in attorney’s fees (2012-01-22)

Posted on January 22 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A case of “preventative use of the taser”. A final settlement is made in the 2009 10-sedond tasering of Rolando Ruiz, now 21. Ruiz was standing with his hands on the hood of Lappegaard’s patrol car when he was stunned, falling to the ground. Lappegaard argued that he was concerned Ruiz would […]

CANADA – Mockery of justice system [RCMP & failure to prosecute police who tasered Robert Dziekanski] (2012-01-03)

Posted on January 3 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A sociologist at Carleton University writes: Despite overwhelming evidence, no criminal charges have been laid British Columbia’s Criminal Justice Branch against the four officers implicated in the tasering of Rober Dziekanski on 14 October 2007 before he died. This is despite RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson’s statement that he will take action against […]

USA: Upstate New York / Michigan:Taser Off the Hook For Two Deaths (thanks to presence of Steroids and PCP) (2011-12-09)

Posted on December 9 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Tasers don’t ever kill if you have drugs in your system – the moral of this article. Tasers are safer than PCP. TASER Inc’s Steve Tuttle points out to the journalist that two deaths just after tasering were not the result of getting electrocuted by police, but rather pre-existing medical conditions/drug […]

USA – Arizona: Purchase of Tasers for Department of Public Safety questioned – Officer who submitted request has ties to firm (2011-12-09)

Posted on December 9 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The Arizona Department of Public Safety (state police) just increased its order for 800 new taser from $800,000 to a new order for 1,000 newer-model Tasers and accessories at a cost of more than $1.9 million. – This was the decision of one man, Sgt. Bud Clark, who failed to declare […]

CZECH REPUBLIC – Young Romani – gypsy – man diagnosed with schizophrenia dies after police intervention [equipped with tasers] (2011-12-06)

Posted on December 6 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A young Roma (“gypsy”) man from Děčín who had been diagnosed with schizophrenia dies after he “runs amok”. In this state of psychiatric emergency, the family called the police. The man’s mother heard one of the police officers tell his colleagues over the radio to bring an “electric pistol” (evidently a taser). […]

USA – Pennsylvania – Meadville cop involved in Tasering to retire (2011-12-03)

Posted on December 3 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : When the evidence of abuse gets overwhelmining, the overwhelmed start running: no mess, no need for an enquiry.  … The Meadville police officer who fired a Taser that took out a resident’s eye has filed for retirement, declining to speak to the media. Sgt. Glen Peterson, a 32-year veteran used a […]

USA – Loved ones remember Tucson (Arizona) Police Department officer Henry Fung [who died of a heart attack 24 hours after being “voluntarily” tasered] (2011-11-30)

Posted on November 30 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The first known death of a police officer following “voluntary” taser discharges: a 43-year-old officer died two weeks ago, a day after “routine training, including being tasered”. He was physically very active but had a known “heart condition”. Most puzzling is that the family does not want an autopsy, does not seem […]

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO – Cops on taser charge in court (2011-11-30)

Posted on November 30 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The co tinuing story of T & T police officers who are alleged to have shocked and assaulted three men with a Taser gun while in police custody on March 11, last year. The men were beated, gassed and repeatedly tasered in what appears a gross case of police brutality. (See […]

USA – Taser use increases, questions arise (2011-11-10)

Posted on November 10 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS: CBS report recognizes “the sloppy policeman effect” – police reaching too fast and too often for the taser. See 2-min video preview of a “60-Minutes” report.  “Nearly one and a half million suspects have been tased by authorities and of that amount, 485 have died afterwards. But TASER International claims that only 20 […]

TRINADAD & TOBAGO -Police Service’s image battered [following what seems a clear case of taser police brutality] (2011-11-08)

Posted on November 8 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: six Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) have appeared in court for an alleged taser attack. Along with another case of seven officers charged with murder, the TTPS is clearly undergoing a serious image problem. The the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) has received 550 complaints of police misconduct … ]] TT Guardian, […]

NEW ZEALAND – Investigation [into the shooting death of Adam Salter] a ‘disgraceful whitewash’ (2001-10-08)

Posted on October 8 2011 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Adam Salter, a seriously-disturbed  man, died after he was shot dead by the police – an officer shouted a warning that she was discharging her Taser stun gun, but instead fired her pistol.  At the inquest, lawyers for the victim”s family say the critical incident investigation by the police was […]

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, […]

TASER Inc. – “TASER International Celebrates 77,777 Saves” [sic] (2011-09-08)

Posted on September 8 2011 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS: In a blatant distortion of the truth – the corporation is extremely loose with statitisics – TASER Inc. launches a “Saves Counter”, estimating the “Lives Saved From Potential Death or Serious Injury With TASER ECDs” on TASER.com. Every half hour or so, a new life is saved. Site also repeats the […]