Archive for the 'Legislation' Category

USA – State of Connecticut Could Pass 1st in Nation Stun Gun Regulation Law (2014-05-29)

Posted on May 29 2014 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS: On the heels of several Taser-related deaths in the state during recent years, Connecticut appears to be on the verge of becoming the first state in the country to pass a law requiring police to track their use of stun guns. The ACLU says 14 people have died in the state […]

USA – Vermont bill to establish a mandatory Taser policy approved (2104-05-10)

Posted on May 10 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Following lengthy debate in the State Senate, a new bill is adopted by the Vermont legislature: (1) creating a police oversight committee to develop a policy for how and when police should use Tasers; (2) serious taser training and how to deal with people with mentasl illness; and mandates that all law […]

USA – Vermont Senators agree to require Taser training, use policies for law enforcement (2014-05-02)

Posted on May 2 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The Vermont Senate Friday gave preliminary approval to a controversial bill calling for statewide policies regarding police Taser use and training. The bill says officers can only use a Taser against subjects who exhibit active aggression or actively resist in a manner the officer believes is likely to result in injury to […]

USA – Michigan GOP lawmakers: Allow civilian Tasers in schools, day care centers, other ‘gun-free zones’ (2013-10-04)

Posted on October 4 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The NRA argument may win out in Michigan! Republican legislators have ontroduced bills to allow pistols and tasers in schools, etc. A person with a concealed pistol license would be allowed to carry a civilian Tasers into a school, day care center or other “gun-free zone” under legislation proposed by two […]

GERMANY – Taser use by the German Police (2013-09-09 – date downloaded from wikipedia [in German])

Posted on September 9 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Berlin Special Operations police have had access to tasers sine 2001, and in Hamburg since 2005. No reports of their use (except police volunteers receiving discharges) in this wikipedia article. The federal police does not possess any tasers. (This is an edited google-translation: see original German text below the translation.]] In […]

USA – Are Tasers too deadly to be called ‘non-lethal’ (2013-09-05)

Posted on September 5 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The death of a celebrity bodyguard in Florida after a shock from a Taser and another death of a Connecticut man who was tasered, have renewed safety concerns about the use of the popular stun guns by law enforcement. The ACLU in Connecticut issued a news release calling for new state […]

CANADA – Ottawa police welcome provincial decision on Taser deployment (2103-08-27)

Posted on August 27 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Ottawa police say they welcome the province’s decision to allow police forces to come up with their own rules about which officers can use Tasers. Police chiefs have been advocating for the expanded use of Tasers for years. Tasers have been in use in Ottawa for several years and they are […]

USA – Montpelier, Vermont advocate calls for national standards for Taser use (2013-08-24)

Posted on August 24 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A Montpelier advocate, Morgan Brown, has launched a petition calling for national regulations on law enforcement and civilian use of stun guns on Thursday. The guns should be regulated the same as other firearms and lethal weapons, according to the petition. Though nationwide reform on the use of stun guns would […]

USA – Vermont: Advocates say incremental progress on Taser use isn’t enough (2013-06-27)

Posted on June 27 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : “A year after the taser-related death of Macadam Mason, police continue to use these lethal weapons without any requirement that their use be restricted to life-threatening situations,” said John McCullough, director of Vermont Legal Aid’s Mental Health Law Project. “In fact, there continues to be no serious control over their use. […]

BRAZIL- Commission approves personal use of tasers (2013-03-21)

Posted on March 21 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : (Edited google-translation from Portuguese; the original text appears below the translation, in italics.) Under a new law just adopted (on 13 March), tasers can be used by any adults for self protection, wiuthout needing to prove technical capacity or psychological fitness. They must apply for registration within 90 days, be at […]

USA –Taser Death Spurs Vermont Bill (2013-02-13)

Posted on February 13 2013 by admin

[[Summary / Comments: A group of Vermont legislators yesterday proposed a law that would dramatically restrict police use of stun guns and increase training for officers who must confront a mentally unstable person, arguing that the death of Thetford man, Macadam Mason, shot by a police Taser last year could have been prevented with better […]

USA – Vermont: Lawmakers, advocates introduce stun gun bill (2013-02-12)

Posted on February 12 2013 by admin

[[Summary / Comments: A bill before the Vermont State legislature, co-sponsored by 30 legislators, would prevent a death like Macadam Mason’s in June 2012 from happening again. “His death was completely unnecessary” says a legislator, who knew him personally. Police with access to tasers would get training in mental health issues to prevent their “unwarranted” […]

USA – New York Legislator vows to tighten stun-gun oversight (2013-01-23)

Posted on January 23 2013 by admin

[[Summary / Comments : Jeffrion Aubry, the newly elected speaker pro tempore of the New York Assembly said he will introduce legislation to tighten oversight of stun-gun use by police following a Poughkeepsie Journal investigation on soaring use of the device. The Journal studied 467 stun-gun reports dating from 2006 to mid-finding that use of […]

USA – Indianapolis, Indiana: Taser incident spurs bill filing. Proposal requires officers to get training about Alzheimer’s (2013-01-09)

Posted on January 9 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A politician has introduced legislation requiring law enforcement officers to attend training on how to interact with people with Alzheimer’s disease, following the tasering last year of a 64-year-old nursing home resident with advance-stage Alzheimer’s. James Howard, 64, was Tasered five times at a Nursing Home. “As Alzheimer’s becomes more prevalent, instances […]

USA – Illinois Senator Dan Duffy: Stricter guidelines needed for Taser gun use (2013-01-04)

Posted on January 4 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT : An Illinois senatoat is calling for much tougher guidelines on tasers following the Chicago death of Philip Coleman on December 13th 2012, and points to the racialization of tasering by the Chicago Police: 667 of the 710 individuals Tasered by police were black. Meanwhile, Police are authorized to use Tasers in a wide […]

USA – Washington DC – [Supreme Court] Justices to consider police use of Tasers (2012-05-04)

Posted on May 13 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT: The Supreme Court is being asked to consider whether taser disharges against non –violent individuals should be considered unconstitutional. The US Supreme Court is being asked to consider for the first time police use of Tasers. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals confronted the complicated Taser questions last year. The majority’s […]

USA -Illionois State legislater calls for requiring police to track Taser use – Chicago lawmaker wants detailed reports about electroshock weapons (2012-02-07)

Posted on February 7 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Spurred by an explosion in Taser use by police, a state legislator from Chicago is pushing a bill that would force local police departments to inform the state of every shock an officer delivers to a civilian – just as they have to do in the United Kingdom.Some officers, it appears, are […]

USA – 9th Circuit issues mixed ruling on Taser use (2011-10-18)

Posted on October 18 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS. The 9th circuit court – the 10-judge panel of the highest court in the Western states – has ruled hat even though the use of Tasers by police in two cases before the panel was unconstitutional, the officers have immunity from suit because they could not have been expected to know that. The […]

USA – Naming Colt Arizona’s state gun moves forward; Taser amendment fails (2011-04-19)

Posted on April 19 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The Arizona State legislature in all seriousness debates which gun should be the “official state firearm”. The Colt wins out over the Taser. Defending the Colt decision, Rep. Eddie Farnsworth “rejected the idea that the weapon itself can be blamed for any deaths, whether justified or not. It’s the person who is […]

PORTUGAL – Justice Ministry forbids use of electric weapons to control unruly inmates (2011-04-09)

Posted on April 9 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: “The Ministry of Justice has said a firm ‘no’ to prison wardens using electric weapons when dealing with disorderly inmates after its decision was published in the Government Gazette on Monday this week.” Inmates’ “fundamental rights” have to be protected. (see video on the post: ]] Portugal News Online The Ministry […]