Archive for the 'Moratorium' Category

FRANCE – Taser en France: ces morts qui n’auraient pas dû l’être [Tasers in France – the three deaths that should not have happened] (2014-06-04)

Posted on June 4 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Three people have died in France following the police use of tasers: Loïc Louise, a 21-yr-old student; Mahamadou Maréga, aged 38 and an unnamed person in Crozon. Action Sécurité Ethique Républicaine (ASER) – including police officers – has been warning of the danger of tasers for ten years and is calling for […]

USA – Baltimore, Maryland: Group calls for Taser moratorium (2014-05-27)

Posted on May 27 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The Southern Christian Leadership Conference wants Baltimore City Council hearing and independent review of 19 year-old George King’s death after he was tasered in hospital. They are call for a moratorium on taser use until the review is completed. Separately, the American Civil Liberties Union sent Baltimore police a letter Tuesday asking […]

USA – Berkeley, California approves Taser study (2014-05-06)

Posted on May 6 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Berkeley continues to hold out against the pressure of the police to adopt tasers, agreeing to authorize a study on Tasers and whether police should be equipped with the devices. “There’s plenty of reports out there and there’s lots of credible evidence that show that Tasers are sometimes a lethal weapon,” said […]

USA – Texas Coalition Again Urges Governor Perry to Ban Taser and Pepper Spray Use in Schools (2014-04-15)

Posted on April 15 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: – A coalition of advocacy organizations (see list below), including the ACLU and National Alliance on Mental Illness, concerned with student safety is again urging Governor Rick Perry to declare a moratorium on the use of Tasers and pepper spray on Texas students. This follows the incident in which, Noe Niño de […]

USA – California: Local police association advocates tasers for Berkeley officers (2014-04-14)

Posted on April 14 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The Police Union, representing 150 officers, in the “socialist republic” of Berkeley is the calling for the city to provide its officers with tasers, following an attack (by a man with mental health issues) on a police officer last week in West Berkeley … the Berkeley Police Association is once again calling […]

USA – Assault on Berkeley, California police officer renews calls to issue Tasers (2014-04-08)

Posted on April 9 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Berkeley and San Francisco remain the two cities in the Bay area without police tasers. When a Berkeley police-officer is attacked by an assailant, Berkeley Police Association says it’s time to introduce tasers. Nine-member Berkeley Police Commission appears divided on this issue.]], by Allie Rasmus BERKELEY, Calif. — An attack that […]

USA – Assault on Berkeley, California police officer renews calls to issue Tasers (2014-04-08)

Posted on April 8 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Berkeley and San Francisco remain the two cities in the Bay area without police tasers. When a Berkeley police-officer is attacked by an assailant, Berkeley Police Association says it’s time to introduce tasers. Nine-member Berkeley Police Commission appears divided on this issue.]], by Allie Rasmus An attack that left Berkeley police […]

USA – President Wong decides against Tasers at San Francisco State University (2014-02-10)

Posted on February 10 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: An important principle to keep tasers off university campus: Following demands by students, the San Francisco State University president concludes that providing tasers to state security officers would not add anything positive to the general feeling of campus safety. This is consistent with San Francisco city police.]] Golden Gate Express, by Andrew […]

USA – Hurst, Texas joins cities reviewing Taser policies (2013-10-08)

Posted on October 8 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The town of Hurst is joining the list of North Texas cities that are reviewing their policies on Tasers after confusion over a warning from the manufacturer regarding the risks of using the device. The close-by town of Manfield temporarily banned the use of Tasers three weeks ago after they received […]

USA – Five Texas Police Departments Ban Tasers (2013-09-26)

Posted on September 26 2013 by admin

[[TASER International never, of course, mentions law-enforcement departments that have decided to stop using tasers. This is what has happened in five police departments in North Texas — Mansfield, Richland Hills, Crowley, Murphy and Burleson — which announced they had removed Taser guns from the list of equipment used by officers. The police won’t say […]

New Britain, Connecticut: NAACP calls for Moratorium on Taser Use (2013-09-14)

Posted on September 24 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: 40-year-old Seth Victor died after a stand-off with police when they tasered him.  According to the police, he was “threatening to hurt himself”.  Civil Rights Leaders, particularly the NAACP, are calling  for a taser moratorium until officers get more training on how and when to use tasers.]] Fox News, by Laurie Perez […]

USA – Montpelier, Vermont advocate calls for national standards for Taser use (2013-08-24)

Posted on August 24 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A Montpelier advocate, Morgan Brown, has launched a petition calling for national regulations on law enforcement and civilian use of stun guns on Thursday. The guns should be regulated the same as other firearms and lethal weapons, according to the petition. Though nationwide reform on the use of stun guns would […]

USA – Miami: Hundreds gather to remember Miami Beach graffiti artist (2013-08-10)

Posted on August 10 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A rally drawing in 400 people is held for 18-year-old graffiti artist Colombian-born Israel Hernandez-Llach who was tasered by police running away after spray-painting a shuttered McDonald’s. The teen’s father, Israel Hernandez-Bandera has called his son’s death “an act of barbarism” and an “assassination of a young artist and photographer.” The […]

ARGENTINA – La Justicia ratificó la prohibición del uso de las pistolas Taser por la Policía Metropolitana [Justice Ministry confirms prohibition of tasers by the Metropolitan Police] (2013-08-09)

Posted on August 9 2013 by admin [[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Buenos Aires Court upholds the decision to ban tasers from police use: even if other countries have approved their use, they should not be adopted due to UN recognition of them as a means of torture and potentially lethal. (Article translated approximately from Spanish – see original in Spanish below […]

USA – Vermont: Group calls for Taser legislation on anniversary of Thetford man’s death (2013-06-27)

Posted on June 27 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A year has passed since a Vermont State Trooper fired his Taser at Macadam Mason and killed. To mark the anniversary, various legislators, civil rights lawyers and community groups are calling for legislation that would regulate more carefully Vermont law enforcement’s use of Tasers, particularly more oversight.]] Burlington Free Press, by […]

USA – Meriden, Connecticut Medical Examiner: Taser ‘Not the Cause’ of Mendoza’s Death (2013-06-14)

Posted on June 14 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The initial autopsy has determined the Taser was not responsible for the death of in Noel Mendoza Sunday night following the use of a Taser following a violent episode outside the police station. According to the police, he died following a series of combative incidents with police and medical personnel. The […]

CANADA – Prince Albert, Saskatchewan: ‘Higher threshold required for police Taser use’ – Amnesty International (2013-01-22)

Posted on January 22 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Amnesty International welcomes new Saskatchewan guidelines on when tasers may be used by remains concerned about the threshold of use: “‘Imminent high risk of bodily harm,’ is an improvement but we really want to see something at the level of ‘imminent threat of death or serious — as in potentially life-threatening […]

USA – Taser Death in Vermont Raises Questions of Reasonable Use (2013-01-31)

Posted on January 21 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT: The Vermont Attorney General issued a carefully written release announcing that “criminal charges should not be filed” against the Trooper who allegedly used his taser to kill Macadam Mason in June 2012. This report points out the AG’s report is “riddled with Misleading Omissions” and the ACLU concludes: “The stark facts of the case […]

USA – Vermont: State Police Withhold Records in Controversial Taser Death (2012-12-26)

Posted on December 26 2012 by admin

AUSTRALIA – Tasers in the spotlight – comforting myths and shocking realities (2012-12-05

Posted on December 5 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The Conversation [an independent source of analysis, commentary and news from the university and research sector ), Monash University [20 minutes out of Melbourne], publishes this inciteful commentary on two recent taser coronial findings. Five Australians have died following use of the taser. In the case of Brazilian Roberto Curti, there was […]