Archive for the 'Mental disability' Category

USA – Dayton, Ohio Police Taser, Beat, Pepper Spray Mentally Handicapped Teen – Then Charge Him With Assault (2011-06-30)

Posted on June 30 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A clear case of taser abuse …: What did the disabled boy do to deserve this onslaught? The police officer “mistook” his speech impediment for a sign of “disrespect”. 17-year-old mentally handicapped teen Jesse Kersey was riding his bicycle when an officer attempted to stop and talk to the boy. Failing to […]

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. […]

CANADA / QUEBEC – Taser sur un trisomique: les propos du ministre Dupuis dénoncés [Taser used on a man with Down’s syndrome: Quebec Public Security Minister’s reaction is denounced] (2009-10-08)

Posted on October 18 2009 by admin

 [[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The Quebec Minister of Justice has to recognise that tasering a man suffering from Downs syndrome living in a health-care residence is unacceptable, the opposition Parti Quebecois says. The minister had previously said “You don’t argue with a police officer or else you expose yourself to the consequences”. The parents of the […]

CANADA / QUEBEC – Le taser en institution: interdiction souhaitée [Taser in health-care institutions: demands for its withdrawal] (2009-10-10)

Posted on October 10 2009 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS : The father of a girl with Down’s syndrome living in the same instiututionm as the 43-year-old man who was tasered by Quebec police is calling for a ban on its use in centres for patients suffering from mental deficiencies. The father says that police shouted “Calm down or I’ll taser you!” This […]

CANADA / QUEBEC – Taser sur un trisomique: «la meilleure option», dit la police [Tasering a man with Down’s syndrome: “the best option” according to the police] (2009-10-09)

Posted on October 9 2009 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS: The police are maintaining that using the taser was the “best option” in handling a 46-year-old man in a residence, suffering from Down’s syndrome. Anything else, the pocie-chief says, and his officers might have been injured (“auraient pu être blessés”) . But isn’t that why we pay the police so well: they might […]