Archive for the 'Mistaken identity' Category

UK – Lancashire Taser police officer told to say sorry (2014-03-27)

Posted on March 27 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A mild rebuke for a serious offense! – A police officer who Tasered a partially-sighted stroke victim has been told to improve in his job and apologise to the man. After an Independent Police Complaints Commissioninvestigation. a police officer who Tasered a partially-sighted stroke victim has been told to improve in his […]

USA – New York City Cops killed Harlem man after they mistook friendly Taser fire for knife stab: lawsuit (2013-12-09)

Posted on December 9 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Police shot dead mentally-disturbed Mohamed Bah with a firearm on September 25th, 2012, following a 911 call from his family because one cop mistakenly thought Bah had stabbed him, when in reality the cop was tasered by a fellow officer, claims a lawsuit against the NYPD by Mr Bah’s family.]] New York […]

USA – Texas boy tasered by officer after breaking up school fight, remains in a coma (2013-11-29)

Posted on November 29 2013 by admin

USA – Texas boy tasered by officer after breaking up school fight, remains in a coma (2013-11-29) [[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A 17-year-old high school student suffered a brain injury and remains in a medically-induced coma – after a Texas sheriff’s deputy tasered him without cause following a skirmish in a school hallway, the […]

USA – California Mother Says Police Tasered Her Mentally Ill Son To Death (2013-10-27)

Posted on October 27 2013 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A mother in Riverside, Calif., claims police Tasered her son, Anthony James Lawson, to death after mistaking him for a burglar, claiming claims her son was unarmed and posed no threat, when he was Tasered and beaten with a baton. She is suing the county sheriff’s office for damages. Mrs […]

CANADA – Toronto: Shot 8 times, why was Taser used on Sammy Yatim? (2013-08-22)

Posted on August 23 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Shot-then-tasered: Why did a Toronto Police sergeant use a Taser on Sammy Yatim after he was shot eight times and very likely already dead? In fact he died, and this raises many issues. Toronto Police say they will find out why, through an internal investigation.]] Toronto Sun, by Joe Warmington Why […]

UK –Manchester: Jordan Begley Taser death ‘not mistaken identity’ [Police](2013-08-22)

Posted on August 22 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Jordan Begley, 23, was shot by police with a Taser stun gun in Manchester be he was not a victim of mistaken identity, police have said. A 25-year-old man of the same name was wanted by police at the time. Police received reports of a man with a knife. After the […]

UK – Manchester Taser death tragedy: Did police mistake Jordan Begley for on-the-run prisoner? (2013-08-22)

Posted on August 22 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Jordan Begley, 23, died less than two hours after being shot tasered at his home in Manchester. He may have been mistaken for a man on the run from prison, since a man with the same name had escaped from a local prison. Pôlice say Jordan was carrying a knife when […]

USA – Evansville, Indiana Black Firefighter Threatened With Taser for Waving at Officer (2013-08-17)

Posted on August 17 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : An off-duty black firefighter and pastor, George Madison, Jr., an Evansville, Indiana was severely mistreated recently, when he was threatened with a taser and tackled to the ground for waving – in a friendly way, he says – at a white police officer. His behaviour was misinterpreted as threatening: he attempted […]

CANADA – Peel, Ontario Police taser man in case of mistaken identity (2013-07-17)

Posted on July 17 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS :]] Puran Singh said that he sustained several injuries to his head, neck, back, arm and legs after being beaten and tasered by officers in the early morning hours of July 12. The police were trying to get into his house following his call to 911 and, according to Singh, he was […]

USA – Santa Barbara, California: Homeless man hit by police Taser talks about controversial arrest. No charges will now be filed. (2013-04-25)

Posted on April 25 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A homeless man has detailed, for the first time, the controversial arrest he faced Monday in Santa Barbara when he was hit with a police Taser and fell hard to the sidewalk while near to his SUV where he often sleeps: he was screaming out loud that it was his vehicle, […]

UK – Campaigners raise concerns over increased police Taser use (2012-10-21)

Posted on October 22 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Taser use in England rose by 45% in 2011 and the numbers are expected to continue to increase. Mistaken deployment of Taser on a Lancashire blind man – mistaking his blind-stick for a taser – and other incidents spark calls for more police control and restraint. A few weeks earlier, James McCarthy, […]

UK – ‘If you give the police more Tasers, don’t be shocked by the result’ (2012-10-21)

Posted on October 21 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: When the police ask for extra weaponry in the struggle to defend our civil liberties, it’s time to start worrying. Last June the Police Federation wrote to the prime minister asking for the number of Tasers to be treble. The tasering of an elderly blind man who’d already suffered from two strokes […]

UK – Police use Taser on blind man after mistaking cane for sword – Later apologize for putting victim ‘through a traumatic experience’ (2012-10-17)

Posted on October 17 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: In what may be the mnost surreal case of mistaken identity, UK police taser a blind man nistaking his blind cane for a samurai sword! Understandably, Colin Farmer did not stop when police demanded him to do so, without revealing they were poilice officers. Police later arrested a 27-year old man in […]

USA – Portland, Oregon: City to pay man $250,000 after police mistake him as a tagger (2012-04-26)

Posted on April 26 2012 by admin

[[Summary / Comments: Should taggers be tasered? This case is worse: Dan Halsted while he was just innocently walking home. When he heard men following him, he understandably ran. “I was screaming to call the police the whole time, and I didn’t realize this was the police because they never identified themselves at all.” An […]

AUSTRALIA – Brazilian Taser victim mistaken for thief: witness (2012-03-23)

Posted on March 23 2012 by admin

 [[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : It now appears that Roberto Laudisio Curti, 21, who died after he was tasered by New South Wales police for supposed shoplifting was likely the vicitm of mistaken identity, making the case even murkier. The Brazilian government is demanding a full enquiry.]] A Brazilian student who died after being tasered by New […]

AUSTRALIA – Australia police defend Tasers after Brazilian death (2012-03-20)

Posted on March 20 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: This story is getting increasing coverage – here in a Singapore newspaper: Australian police defended their use of Taser stun guns on Tuesday as a Brazilian diplomat demanded answers over the shocking death of a student, Roberto Laudisio Curti, 21. in central Sydney this week.]] AFP SYDNEY – Australian police defended their […]

USA – Chicago – Josue Tapia Tasered 11 Times After Being Mistaken For Wanted Criminal – Federal Lawsuit (2011-11-12)

Posted on November 12 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS: Not only mistaken identity, but abusive treatment if he had been the person suspected! Josue Tapia, 27, was hospitalized for a week with injuries that resulted from an interaction with Chicago police on May 15, 2010, when he was stopped for a minor traffic offense. He says he he was beaten and jolted […]

USA – A case of mistaken identity: Chicago Man Hit With Police Taser 11 Times Files Suit (2011-10-11)

Posted on October 11 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS. The taser: An invitation to abuse? The dismissal of all charges against Josue Tapia confirms that the police tasered him abusively – 11 times in what seems to ba a case of mistaken identity. “I was just screaming for them to please stop,” recalled Tapia’s wife, Marilyn. “I was telling them to leave […]