Archive for the 'TASER Inc. liability lawsuits' 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 […]

CANADA – Inquest called into Winnipeg, Manitoba Taser death (2014-04-07)

Posted on April 7 2014 by admin

[[SUMMAY / COMMENTS: An inquest has begun into the death of Winnipeg teenager, Michael Brian Langan, 17, who suffered a fatal heart attack after police shocked him with a Taser. He died on July 22, 2008. Taser International lawyer David Neave – who also tried unsuccessfully to halt publication of the British Columbia Braidwood Inquiry […]

USA – Peabody, Massachusetts police left in lurch by stun gun patent case (2014-02-20)

Posted on February 20 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: When TASER Inc. won its $2.4-million patent case against Karbon Arms in January 2014, this has left those very few police department that purchased non-TASER tasers: Karbon’s products. Since the lawsuit agreement required Karbon to list all its customers, the good folks at TASER Inc have contacted the Peabody Police Department (who […]

USA – Richmond, Virginia: Appeals Court Tosses $6M Verdict Against Taser (2013-11-25)

Posted on November 25 2013 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A federal appeals court has tossed out a more than $6 million award to the family of a North Carolina teenager who died after being shocked with a Taser. In 2008 17-year-old Darryl Wayne Turner died of cardiac arrest after a police officer fired the Taser twice, holding the trigger […]

USA – St. Louis, Missouri jury rules in favor of Taser in suit (2012-12-14)

Posted on December 14 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: a civil lawsuit in the case Colin Fahy of St. Louis, who was 17 when he went into cardiac arrest in 2007, claiming the company failed to properly warn of its devices’ dangers has been dismissed. The case was, according to this brief article, based on research on pigs: TASER International’s lawyers […]

USA – Did Taser maker do proper study? [two major problems] (2012-05-17)

Posted on May 17 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT: This article is most interesting for confirming two elements (1) A review of the Taser by the Department of Defense in 2002 said “Development of the Taser appears to be based on serendipitous findings and trial and error, as opposed to well-defined scientific investigation.” The reviewers gave “a limited but favorable endorsement” […]

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 […]

USA – Court Upholds Verdict That Taser Killed North Carolina Teen Suspect [Darryl Turner] (2012-03-29)

Posted on March 29 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT: In an important decision against TASER Inc., a federal judge has reduced the damage award (from $10 million to $4,750,000), but upheld a jury’s finding that police use of a Taser killed a North Carolina teenager, Darryl Turner. The attorney for Darryl’s family said there were two crucial elements: “That Tasers, when […]

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 […]

USA – North Carolina: “Zapped by Taser backers” (2011-12-08)

Posted on December 8 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : An intrepid North Carolina columnist finds his call to ban police use of tasers “is a lonely one”. He is accused of using inappropriate statistics; told that to avoid tasering “don’t live a high risk life style”; he himself didn’t do the homework on the taser. TASER Inc.’s communications director joined […]

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 […]

USA – Boulder, Colorado, reaches $80,000 settlement with woman over Taser use (2011-09-29)

Posted on September 29 2011 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Boulder city administrators have negotiated an $80,000 settlement to avoid a court case: Officers had heard a woman shouting in her house, they asked her to drop the glass she was holding, and after she refused to do so they tried to enter her house. The screen door had been […]

TASER Inc. – “Police Video Benefits” – Evolution of In-Car Cameras/Dash Cams [Taser blog] (2011-09-28)

Posted on September 28 2011 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS On TASER Inc’s informal blog – run by the marketing dept – videos used to vindicate the police. But what about when the videos are NOT available to the public?  “The Law enforcement has readily adopted in-car cameras or dash cams because they’ve seen police video benefits & benefits of video […]

USA – North Carolina: U.S. court’s Taser liability verdict stuns distributor (2011-07-24)

Posted on July 24 2011 by admin

[[ Summary / Comments : In a major decision against the corporation, Taser International has been asked to pay $10-million in damages to the family of Darryl Turner, a 17-year-old North Carolina boy who died after he was tasered by a police officer in 2008. The court ruled that the manufacturer created an unreasonable danger […]

TASER Inc.: Jury Award for Plaintiff in Turner v. TASER International – Company Intends to Appeal Based on Exclusion of Key Evidence and Other Errors (2011-07-19)

Posted on July 19 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS  : No surprise that TASER Inc. is appealing the verdict against TASER International in the $10-million case involving the death of Mr. Darryl Turner, a 17-year-old male involved in an altercation with law enforcement at a grocery store on March 20, 2008. TASER International has only received one other adverse jury verdict […]

USA – Verdict in Taser Wrongful Death Lawsuit Upheld on Appeal (2011-05-18)

Posted on May 18 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: “A federal appeals court has upheld a verdict against Taser International, Inc. in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a man who died after police in California shocked him with the company’s stun gun for 75 seconds. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals refused to vacate a jury’s decision […]

USA – Town of Stallings, North Carolina, ends Taser use by its officers (2011-04-11)

Posted on April 11 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Stalling, North Carolina (pop. 5000) has decided to abandon the use of tasers: “Stallings police have had Tasers since 2008, but the town discontinued them in January to reduce its liability risk, Chief Michael Dummett said, declining to elaborate.” A neighboring town, Monroe has just added tasers … “‘That’s their decision,’ said […]

USA – Taser abuse? [systematic abuse in the privatized Jerome Combs Detention Center in Kankakee, Illinois] (2010-06-31-approximate date)

Posted on June 20 2010 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Here we have copied and pasted the results of an analysis by the “Chicago Reporter” on the systematic abuse of prisoners from the Reporter’s the one-page pdf file. Visitors are encouraged to consult the original at]] Taser abuse? A jail with a dubious record of Taser use is being used as […]

USA – Nick Dial: “TASER – An Officer’s Perspective and a Jolt of Reality” (2010-06-01)

Posted on June 1 2010 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Nick Dial, a certified Arizona police officer specialized in Homeland Security with taser experience presents a particularly coherent – and lengthy – argument concerning many of the problems of taser use by the US police. Interesting because he is a police-officer “speaking out”. Nick Dial provides clear examples to illustrate his case […]

USA – Pasadena, California: Tasers under scrutiny after claims of death and injury (2010-03-03)

Posted on March 3 2010 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS : Steven Butler claims a taser gave him cardiac arrest that led to permanent disability and is sueing the maker of the weapon. He was tasered when, by his own admission, he was drunk and disorderly and refused an order from a police officer in his hometown to get off a city bus. […]