Archive for the 'Mental disability' Category

USA – Taser International CEO Testifies to Vermont Lawmakers (2014-02-20)

Posted on February 20 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: “We’ve saved about 120,000 lives from potential death or serious injury in law enforcement confrontations,” claimed Taser International CEO Rick Smith on a visit to Montpelier, Vermont. He says taser training allows for using tasers against the disabled population: “ … because there have been numerous situations where you might have someone […]

USA – Muscatine County, Iowa Democrats say sheriff is ‘covering up’ details in Taser case (2014-01-24)

Posted on January 24 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A County Sheriff Dave White is refusing to publicly disclose how he determined that no rules or policies were broken during an incident on 7 October 2013 where one of his jail employees used a Taser four times on a mentally disabled woman in an effort to force her to change her […]

USA – Muscatine County, Iowa reverses its stance on Taser document (2014-01-13)

Posted on January 13 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Cover-up of a jailer who used a Taser four times on a mentally disabled inmate has been found, causing county officials to reverse previous statements contending the document never existed. Some of the shocks occurred while the 58-year-old Muscatine woman was handcuffed or leg shackled and surrounded by five or six jail […]

USA – Anne Arundel County, Maryland Police Train on Dealing With Mentally Disabled After Taser Incident (2013-09-20)

Posted on September 21 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : An all-too-rare example of a constructive consequence of tasering – of a mentally disabled man: Officers in one police district are to be taught how to deal with the mentally disabled. The focus is on speaking calmly, empathy and not acting violently … : “If it’s a situation where the actions […]

USA – Family remembers Wilmington, Delaware man’s last hours before Taser shots (2013-07-24)

Posted on July 24 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Deomain Hayman, 28, died at about 9 p.m. Sunday after officers twice used a stun gun against the man a city police spokesman said was “actively resisting arrest.” He was tasered, had trouble breathing. 300-lb Mr Hayman is described as was a loner who struggled with a learning disability that prevented […]

USA – Atlanta, Georgia: Cops Just Love Those Tasers (2013-06-14)

Posted on June 14 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : An all-too-typical case of taser abuse … Georgia police Tasered 33-year-old Terry Isaac Yearby who clearly and visibly had “the mind of a small child” as he stood peacefully in his own front yard with his hands in his pocket, sending him to hospital for two weeks with seizures. He was […]

USA – West Lafayette, Indiana – Dementia training required for officers (2013-05-14)

Posted on May 14 2013 by admin

[[Summary / Comments : The taser is not the appropriate instrument to deal with combative Alzheimer’s patients! Police are being trained to de-escalate such encounters, following a June 2012 episode, when a Police Officer used a stun gun three times on a 64-year-old man with Alzheimer’s disease, for being combative. Now, according to a bill […]

USA – Vermont holds forum on ‘stun gun’ use by police (2013-03-11)

Posted on March 11 2013 by admin

[[Summary / Comments: At a public forum in Montpelier, Vermont called by the attorney-general following the June 2011 death of Macadman Mason, the police call for more access to tasers, arguing the taser reduces polices injuries and are helpful in cases of suicide prevention and are more traceable than other uses-of-force. A representative of Disability […]

UK – East London: Big debate: should Tasers be issued to police officers? (2013-02-07)

Posted on February 7 2013 by admin

[[Summary / Comments: Two sides of the taser debate as the stun-gun is spreading into general use in London : The police say tasers are relatively harmless and provide greater security : a representative of the largest mental health charity (NGO) “Mind” disputes this: ‘They should be treated as a last resort and every effort must […]

USA – ACLU opposes San Francisco Police Department taser deployment (2013-01-06)

Posted on January 6 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: This article is particularly important in showing that better Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) – see section in italics –  is needed,  rather than taser deployment. The ACLU is leading opposition to providing the San Francisco Police Department Crisis Intervention Team officers with tasers, emphasizing that costly tasers would generate heavy legal fees […]

USA – Salt Lake City, Utah Police use Taser gun on mentally challenged man – twice (2012-12-04)

Posted on December 4 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Salt Lake police are being accused of tasering a mentally challenged man twice and booting the man out onto the street alone. Hisd family says he was “ abused, frightened and humiliated.” Michael Grant is a paranoid schizophrenic, who’s 85% deaf, with impaired vision, and a low I.Q. Elms said last month […]

USA – Questions surround handling of Taser assaults on disabled Californian patients (2012-06-31)

Posted on June 23 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY & COMMENTS : An anonymous whistle-blower has opened up the issue of tasers being used as ‘cattle prods” on dozen patients at the Sonoma Developmental Center. California Watch has highlighted the problems of abuse in the institution that serves roughly 1,700 residents with cerebral palsy, mental retardation and severe autism – disabilities that make […]

UK – Lincolnshire Police taser a terrified Alzheimer’s sufferer – Retired farm worker, 58, shot ‘several times’ in his living room (2012-05-09)

Posted on May 9 2012 by admin

 [[SUMMARY / COMMENT: Outrage as police repeatedly TASER terrified Alzheimer’s sufferer in front of his wife because he didn’t want to go into care – then tie him up in his living room. Police shot Peter Russell with several Taser stun rounds, before manhandling him to the living room floor. His arms and legs were […]

USA – Connecticut: ‘This isn’t right,’ say kin of man killed by Meriden police (2012-05-06)

Posted on May 6 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT: An all-too-frequent case of tasered-then-shot, the taser failing to subdue the suspect … The family of Angel Cajigas is still trying to understand his death after he was reported that he was behaving erratically, clutching rosary beads and preaching about religion outside the house at 2.30 am. Hew had a long history […]

USA – Illinois: Parents object to Wonder Lake police treatment of disabled man (2012-04-24)

Posted on April 24 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT : Family members of a 28-yr-old disabled man, Travis N. Tillman, involved in an altercation –making too much noise – with Wonder Lake police say they believe officers overreacted when they arrested and shocked him with a Taser sev4ral times. In September 2010, Tillman suffered a traumatic brain injury after crashing his […]

USA – Vermont State Police to make revisions to Taser policy [more attention to the disabled] (2011-10-22)

Posted on October 22 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS : Following the tasering of a man with Down’s syndrome, changes to Vermont state police policy regarding Tasers includes placing people with cognitive impairments in a category that requires special consideration before use of a Taser, and the devices will be used only if the person is armed and presents a risk of […]

USA – Santa Ana, California: 2 cops charged in fatal beating (2011-09-22)

Posted on September 22 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Report combining many of the worst elements of the taser death: “mentally ill homeless man who was pummeled, shocked with a Taser and slammed with the butt of a stun gun in a beating that lasted nearly 10 minutes … A review of the evidence, including surveillance video, showed Thomas was […]

USA – Houston, Texas: A plan to keep mentally ill out of jail (2011-08-22)

Posted on August 22 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: An initiative to be encouraged: Harris county officials approve a pilot program pairing police with mental health workers to deal with mentally disturbed suspects. Sheriff Adrian Garcia said he wants to treat the mentally ill, not jail them . Note this comment, which counters the typical police attitude: “One of the things you’re trying […]

USA – Another alleged death by police taser In Fullerton, California, human rights violation outrage escalates (2011-08-05)

Posted on August 5 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The death of Kelly Thomas, the 37-year old Fullerton, California resident described as a gentle, homeless, “gravely” mentally disabled young man, who cried for his father as six police hog-tied, repeatedly tazed, and beat him allegedly to death, reported and posted on Youtube by CNN Thursday, is increasing outrage across the nation, part of […]

USA – Dayton, Ohio: Family sues city over son’s arrest. Lawsuit says officers knew 17-year-old was mentally handicapped (2011-07-01)

Posted on July 5 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: In a clear lack of sensitivity to mental-disability problems, Police mistake speech impediment and taser 17-yr-old Jesse Kersey who cycled back to his parents to get help when police challenged him … The mother was arrested for trying to stop police from arresting her son. The episode took place on 15 June […]