Archive for the 'Lawsuits against TASER Inc.' Category

USA – Moberly, Missouri: Taser Clears Suit Over Fatal Cop Confrontation (2014-04-08)

Posted on April 8 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A woman whose son, Stanley Harlan, pulled over for speeding, died of cardiac arrest because police officers Tasered him in the chest for 30 seconds cannot sue the device maker, the 8th Circuit ruled. Mr Harlan immediately lost consciousness and was not responsive by the time the paramedics arrived. He was pronounced […]

USA – Taser company says device saves lives after wrongful death lawsuit filed in Bangor, Maine (2014-04-04)

Posted on April 4 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Phillip McCue, 28, lost consciousness and died five days after he was tasered in September 2012. The autopsy report concluded that it was not the taser that killed him but bath salts that caused cardiac arrest. “The Taser hits are not a factor in the death,” Maine’s chief medical examiner said. Phillip’s […]

USA – Father files lawsuit against Bangor, Maine police, Taser manufacturer over death of son in 2012 (2014-03-19)

Posted on March 19 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Phillip A. McCue, 28, of Bangor, who has mental health problems, died in custody. The medical examiner’s office said he had been stunned by a taser. His parents heard of this two days later when their son was in an intensive care unit. They were told he had a complete cardiac arrest. […]

USA – Why Taser is paying millions in secret ‘suspect injury or death’ settlements (2013-12-13)

Posted on December 13 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: TASER International says it “doesn’t settle” in liability cases, but this report shopws it has. The company has agreed to pay a total of $2.3 million in settlements to plaintiffs who had sued the company in product liability cases. But most settlements are surrounded by non-disclosure clauses. For years, TASER has battled […]

USA – Taser turns 20; deadly debate continues (2013-09-19)

Posted on September 19 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A survey of the continuing controversy over tasers, along with a number of cases which are particularly disturbing, including statements from TASER International and a discussion of “less-lethal”, including Amnesty International’s position]] Aljazeera-America, by Tom Marcinko After two decades of experience and training, critics question how it is used and why […]

USA – Connecticut: Oxford settles Taser lawsuit [at least $50,000] (2013-03-08)

Posted on March 8 2013 by admin

[[Summary / Comments: In April 2008, 24-year-old Kevin Piskura tasered outside a barat around 2 a.m., while police were trying to break up a fight. Mr Piskura went into cardiac arrest at the scene and died five days later at University Hospital in Cincinnati. The city of Oxford, Connecticut, (pop. 13,000) has reached a settlement […]

USA – St. Louis, Missouri: Taser International sued by man left with brain damage after being electrocuted (2012-12-05)

Posted on December 5 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A Russian news site ( is covering the lawsuit brought by Colin Faby against TASER International, claiming he went into cardiac arrest as a result of being shot twice in the chest by a Taser in December 2007. The 17-yr-old was then handcuffed, went into cardiac arrest fir 30 minutes. He now […]

FRANCE – Besancenot en procès contre Taser: espionnage, barbouzes et politique [Leftwing militant Olivier Besancenot brings charges against TASER corporation: spying, spooks and politics (2012-11-29)

Posted on November 29 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: ]]A new trial in a scandalous 2008 incident. In 2008, TASER International’s French branch, SMP-Technogies, spied on Olivier Besacenot, then leader of the New Anit-Capitalist Party (NPA), and members of his family, including his child in day-care school – probably to apply pressure to halt Mr Besancenot’s criticisms of tasers. SMP CEO, […]

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 – ANALYSIS – Electronic Control Weapons [tasers] – Americans for Effective Law Enforcement Case Summaries (downloaded 2012-05-06)

Posted on May 6 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT: This is background material: a long list list and description  of cases heard before the various US circuit court judges involving tasers: Please refer to the URL for further details.]] Advisory note: Some ECW experts prefer to categorize ECW applications by event descriptions, such as their use on juveniles, the disabled, elderly […]

TASER Inc : Taser’s new tools: Body cameras and the Cloud (2012-02-22)

Posted on February 22 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS – In a widely reported press-release, TASER Inc. heralds its “new” AXON video cameras – a system it has been pushing since 2010. What is new is the link-up to videos will be kept in a cloud and accessible via TASER Inc. The camera costs $1000, but access to the cloud […]

USA – Martinsville, Virginia and officer are dropped from lawsuit on Taser use [misled by TASER Inc. about being non-lethal, according to defendant’s attorney] (2011-12-21)

Posted on December 21 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Lawyers for the family of 17-yr-old Derek Jerome Jones, who died on Jan. 8, 2009 after he was tasered have decided to drop charges against the Martnsville Police: “Officer Wray did not believe that the Taser in any way was a potentially lethal weapon, and he used it in accordance with his […]

UK – The London Metropolitan Police must heed the warnings about Tasers (2011-12-12)

Posted on December 12 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS :A British lawyer (solicitor) warns that “this weapon can kill – it should be restricted to life-threatening circumstances”. The new Met police chief calling for a widespread introduction of the Taser stun gun onto the streets of our cities. This backdoor militarisation of our unarmed police force, if implemented, would end centuries […]

USA – Dallas, Texas Cop sues Taser after riding the lighting [injured following “voluntary” tasering] (2011-11-18)

Posted on November 18 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT : Police “volunteer” for tasering seriously injured in 2009. Andy Butler, a Dallas police officer, filed a lawsuit against Taser International after being willingly zapped with over 50,000 volts of electricity during a Dallas Police Department training session. surgery to repair three herniated discs in his neck, where one was forcing pressure […]

ANALYSIS / USA – Transcript of CBS 60-Minutes: ‘The taser: An officer’s weapon of choice’ (2011-11-13)

Posted on November 13 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS : A transcript of this fine documentary broadcast in November 2011. Includes numerous issues: the “lazy cop syndrome”; taser as the weapon-of-choice; it’s use at traffic stops (5 mph over speed limit); TASER Inc. HQ: “part fortress, part tribute to Star Trek”; generation-gap among police re- taser; the $10-million judgment against TASER following […]

USA – Taser Maker [CEO Rick Smith] Says Device Has Been Law Enforcement ‘Game Changer’ (2011-11-11)

Posted on November 11 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS: In general an investigative report showing TASER in a very positive light. A major U.S. TV network reports – including video footage – on part of the controversy surrounding tasers in the USA: enormous litigation costs for the company. TASER Inc. CEO Rock Smith: “We changed the rules of the game”: instead of […]

TASER Inc. – TASER International’s CEO Discusses Q3 2011 Results – Earnings Call Transcript (2011-10-31)

Posted on October 31 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: These conference calls are supposed to be a communication between management and shareholders. They provide a means for managament to communicate its “good news”. TASER CEO Rick Smith is optimistics: “As we look into next year, we see a run of $300 million upgrade opportunity if we’re successful in helping our customers […]

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 – Colorado: Taser, family of Lafayette’s Ryan Wilson settle lawsuit over 2006 death (2011-08-04)

Posted on August 4 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The case was scheduled to go to trial in federal court next week, but now a settlement is reached with TASER Inc.. No amount is mentioned. It is nearly five years to the day since Lafayette resident Ryan Wilson died after being shot with a Taser as he ran from police, […]

USA – Lafayette, Colorado: Taser, family of …Ryan Wilson settle lawsuit over 2006 death (2011-08-04)

Posted on August 4 2011 by admin

[[ Summary / Comments : In an out-of-court settlement, the family of a 2005 victim of the taser receives a settlement for an undisclosed sum … The officer was cleared of any blame, … “The parents claim that Harris didn’t warn their son that he was going to use his Taser gun, as department protocols […]