Archive for the 'Municipal hearings on tasers' Category

CANADA – North-West Territories: Proposed Taser purchase alarms Iqaluit council (2014-01-14)

Posted on January 14 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: City councilors in this remote northern community are baffled by “Taser and laser” – lasers? – request in 2014 budget, and decide to put the request off until their next meeting, since the taser has proven to be so controversial. (Reported elsewhere: the taser had already by the RCMP 25 times been […]

UK – London: Police union says Taser deployment ‘not a matter for politicians’ (2013-10-23)

Posted on October 23 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A British police website reports: Politicians have should no say in taser deployment says the head of the Metropolitan Police Federation – the union representing 35,000 London police-officers. It should be an operational consideration for chiefs – and that the decision should not have to involve politicians. He believes the weapon […]

CANADA – Protesters fight plan to expand Taser use by Toronto police (2013-09-24)

Posted on September 24 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Dozens packed council chambers at City Hall on Tuesday night to argue against the expanded police use of Tasers on Toronto streets. In 2012, there were 255 use-of-force incidents in which a Taser was used by a Toronto police officer. In more than half of those cases, the weapon was simply […]

USA – San Francisco Police Commission gets earful from Taser plan opponents (2013-01-22)

Posted on January 22 2013 by admin

[[Summary / Comments : If anyone doubts whether tasers are still controversial – even in the USA, then stay tuned in to the San Francisco municipal – actually the Police Commission’s sub-committee – debate. The police want them, representatives of the homeless, of the Philippino communinity – and many others not cited here – say […]

USA – Palo Alto, California police review panel says recent use of stun guns justified, but has concerns over training (2012-11-30)

Posted on November 30 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: ending a nearly two-year period – no rise on problems encountered -in which the stun guns weren’t fired at all, which appears to be exceptional in the United States . Police twice used tasers in recent incidents. In one of the two – 50% – the taser was justified, according to the […]

USA – Portland, Oregon police officials were repeatedly warned about Taser use before federal inquiry (2012-09-19)

Posted on September 19 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: For the past three years, outside consultants, Portland’s city auditor, federal juries and a citizens’ oversight panel have sent the same message to Portland police: rein in officers’ use of the Taser stun gun and limit the cycles of electrical shock that officers can fire. All to no avail: Instead, the chief […]

USA – Out of Pandora’s Box: Taser Nation (2012-09-19)

Posted on September 19 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: legal, nonlethal Tasings are bad even if critics focus on deaths …They make for more pain and danger and fear in the world, and it’s all our own fault. The law-and-order crowd love them, of course; Tasers hurt people terribly and invite sadistic abuse. Tasing causes hideous pain, pain that rises to […]

USA – San Francisco Police Commission hears Taser debate (2012-08-02)

Posted on August 12 2012 by admin

[[Summary / Comments : The San Francisco Police Commission is re-opening the debate on tasers. Police Chief Greg Suhr made a plea to the police commission to possibly employ a pilot program. “I’m not asking for it for the entire police department, I’m asking for it for our crisis intervention trained officers, there are 74 […]

USA – San Francisco Police Commission Puts Off Taser Decision Yet Again (2012-08-02)

Posted on August 2 2012 by admin

[[Summary / Comments : San Francisco Police Chief argues, with TASER Inc. figures that tasers will make the streets safer. Clay Winn, a representative from Taser International, made a presentation to the commission and argued that the devices lower injury rates to both officers and suspects, and that they are in use in almost every major […]

USA – Cincinnati police revising Taser policy (2012-05-10)

Posted on May 20 2012 by admin

[[Summary / Comments : Given the recent scientific results (by Dr Zypes) showing Taser stun guns can cause cardiac arrest and death, the Cincinnati Police is changing its policies The police caid: “I am concerned about it because, like most police chiefs, I am a big supporter of the tool … “We are not going […]

UK – Commissioner clashes over straight answers (2011-10-29)

Posted on October 29 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Met Police Commissioner is calling for a wider roll-out of taser ‘stun-guns’, calling for a possible roll-out to all the Met’s 6,500 vehicles. The AM members were unhappy about his comments, seemingly uninformed by work undertaken about the use of tasers, including the proportionality of their use against visible minorities, and it’s […]

USA – Should Montpelier, Vermont, cops carry Tasers? (2011-08-17)

Posted on August 16 2011 by admin

[[ Summary / Comments: Debate by Montpelier City Councilors, in Vermont, on whether new police training should include the use of taser. Predictably, The police chief wants add Tasers to the officers’ arsenal, but city residents and several counsellors are split on the issue.]] Molly Smith – WCAX News Montpelier police are equipped with pepper […]

CANADA / QUEBEC – Police get more Tasers and right to carry them (2011-09-11 )

Posted on August 11 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS : In June 2011 Monreal municipal police shot and killed Mario Hamel, a psychiatricly-disturbed man slashing garbage bags and refusing to “drop your knife!”. An innocent bystander, Patrick Limoges died from a police bullet.  So the Montreal police oversight committee announced the police taser arsenal would increase from 42 to 57 – although this […]

CANADA / QUEBEC – 15 pistolets Taser de plus pour le SPVM [Montreal Police to get 15 more tasers] (2011-07-07)

Posted on July 7 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS: The Montreal City Police are to receive more tasers, following the recommendations of the City Public Security Committee – the number will rise form 42 to 57. The logic behind this is less than transparent: “When the situation calls for the use of the taser”, we are told by Commission president Claude Trudel, […]

USA – Cincinnatti, Ohio Investigator Who Cleared Deputies Has Ties To Taser; Attorney Has Worked In Past For Stun-Gun Maker (2011-03-10)

Posted on March 10 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Los Angeles attorney Mildred O’Linn  frequently presents herself as a use-of-force consultant and has been instrumental in quashing cases against police officers. It emerges that she is also a frequent legal counsel for TASER Inc. … ]] After an independent investigator found no reason to charge three sheriff’s deputies accused of using […]

USA – San Francisco: “No funds for tasers or war criminals: Stop state violence in San Francisco and Congo” (2012-03-01)

Posted on March 1 2011 by admin

[[GlobalShock: A  first-person update on the San Francisco moratorium on tasers. A Black journalist describes the hearings in San Francisco on whether to bring back the taser: “I at least felt honored to be among the crowd of doctors, lawyers, social workers, organizers and activists who came to speak against taser use. Many had so much […]