Archive for the 'Official report' Category

UK – London: Taser use should be ‘a last resort’ (2013-10-15)

Posted on October 16 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The user of Tasers by the Metropolitan Police Service (M’PS – London Police) needs to be ‘very closely monitored’ and ‘a last resort’, a report, issued the London Police and Crime Committee has said today. The 2012 decision to nearly triple the number of MPS officers trained to use Taser and […]

CANADA – Taser, other stun gun deaths ‘extremely rare’ (2013-10-15)

Posted on October 15 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Why select this element of a 112-page report to summarize it?  “Available studies suggest that while fatal complications are biologically plausible, they would be extremely rare,” the report says. – The key is that more quality research is needed to evaluate tasers in Canada. A small number of cases have revealed […]

CANADA – Police use-of-force registry would help weigh risks of taser use, study says (2013-10-15)

Posted on October 15 2013 by admin

 [[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Summary of the just-released “Health effects of conducted electric weapons” report. Focus on the conclusion that respiratory and cardiac risks are limited due to a lack of high-quality evidence; still, the study states that “while fatal complications are biologically plausible, they would be extremely rare.” 9000 tasers in use in Canada, […]

UK – London -Taser roll out by Metropolitan Police undermined by new report, says Amnesty International (2013-10-15)

Posted on October 15 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Amnesty reports: For its new report “Arming the polic”, the London Assembly charges that the London police (Met) failed to hold public consultations and justified increased rollout of taser as result of increased violent attacks – but these are going down. Evidence of mis-use of tasers – it should only be […]

CANADA – Relative of man Tasered by police in 2008 speaks out. John Chernekoff says incidents are too common (2011-06-14)

Posted on June 14 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) found the taser was not responsible for the 2008 death of Gordon Walker Bowe, who died as a result of “agitated delirium due to the ingestion of cocaine”. Police dispute whether the taser actually entered his body. The victim’s father-in-law protests “There will be no […]

CANADA – Nova Scotia police can now use Tasers on mentally ill (2011-06-10)

Posted on June 10 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: In a highly controversial decision, “Police in Nova Scotia can now use stun guns on people with mental illnesses under new provincial guidelines. De-escalation and reasonable force should be considered in all use-of-force situations … If an officer believes a person is showing signs of excited delirium, a state of agitation that […]

ANALYSIS / USA – National Institute of Justice : Study of Deaths Following Electro Muscular Disruption [tasering] (2011-05)

Posted on May 31 2011 by admin

 [[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The conclusion of  this semi-definitive NIJ study, undertaken by an independent medical panel, “because many gaps remain in the body of knowledge with respect to the effects of CEDs [tasers]. The panel finds no conclusive medical evidence in the current body of research literature” to indicate the taser kills when used […]

USA – Salt Lake City, Utah: Department of Justice Study : Excessive stun gun use increases risk of death (2011-05-27)

Posted on May 28 2011 by admin

Salt Lake Tribune Police officers using stun guns should avoid shooting people multiple times or for prolonged periods to reduce the risk of potential injury or death, according to a U.S. Department of Justice study prompted by hundreds of police-involved deaths across the country. Coroners and other medical experts on the study panel concluded that […]

USA – Hartford, Connecticut: U.S. Justice Department Study urges police to be cautious with stun guns (2011-05-27)

Posted on May 27 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: “Police officers using stun guns should avoid shooting suspects multiple times or for prolonged periods to reduce the risk of potential injury or death, according to a new U.S. Justice Department study prompted by hundreds of police-involved deaths across the country. Coroners and other medical experts on the study panel concluded that […]

USA – Amnesty International: US authorities urged to control tasers as official report on deaths issued (2011-05-27)

Posted on May 27 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Amnesty International issues press release following the publication of US National Institute of Justice report just published which “leaves many questions unanswered about the safety of such devices, particularly in vulnerable populations… the report’s findings underscore the need for strict limits on the use of such weapons” particularly “multiple or prolonged discharge […]

CANADA – Nova Scotia yet to release Taser rules six months after Howard Hyde inquiry (2011-05-12)

Posted on May 13 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Recommendations of a inquiry into Howard Hyde’s – he was a Nova Scotian who suffered from schizophrenia – death, blamed his death on his struggle with the police, not the taser discharges he received – remain to be implemented. Justice minister (ex-RCMP officer) Landry says: “It’s very difficult in situations where … […]

UK – Police Commission (IPCC) finds police officers were right to use Taser on man having epileptic fit (2011-05-04)

Posted on May 5 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The UK Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) condones police use of the taser against Howard Swarray, becoming aggressive as he was recovering from an epileptic fit following rigorous physical training in a gymnasion. “”If he is getting aggressive I am sure 50,000 volts will stand him up.” a police officer said en […]

AUSTRALIA – Crime and Misconduct Commission: No widespread Taser misuse in Queensland (2011-04-28)

Posted on May 2 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: “Indigenous people and the mentally ill are more likely to be tasered than other Queenslanders.” Yet a Queensland Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC) report has found most Taser use “appeared appropriate in the circumstances”, (appeared, only?) “with no evidence of widespread misuse” – (meaning several cases were identified?).]] Melbourne Age, byJessica Marszalek […]

CANADA – Saskatchewan Police Commission to make decision on Taser use soon (2011-04-28)

Posted on April 29 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: “The Saskatchewan Police Commission is wrapping up consultations and will soon turn to making a decision on whether front-line police officers will be allowed to carry Tasers. Commission chairman Paul Korpan said allowing Tasers for front-line officers is not a done deal. There have been no objections raised during consultations to equipping […]

AUSTRALIA – Injuries mount from Queensland police Taser use, report says (2011-04-28)

Posted on April 28 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: “TASER-related injuries have increased in Queensland and a high number of suspects are still being repeatedly shot almost a year after tougher controls were put on police using the 50,000 volt devices. But a Crime and Misconduct Commission report found no evidence of widespread misuse of the stun guns. The report, released […]

UK – Home Office: Use of taser figures – March 2010 (2011-04-08)

Posted on April 8 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: This post is a release by the British home office, with access to detailed reports on taser use (including “demonstration mode”) in the United Kingdom: a model for other nations/jurisdictions which do NOT release such detailed information. (The data only goes up to March 2010, so there is a 13-month delay.) Please […]

UK – Police use of Tasers – House of Commons Home Affairs Committee (2011-03-07)

Posted on March 7 2011 by admin

[[GlobalShock: The British House of Commons committee is highly critical of the procedure by which the rejection of the original provider of tasers ( Pro-Tect Systems Ltd) due to distribution of X12 Tasers and XREP ammunition before these had been approved by the Home Office, simply changed its name (to Tactical Safety Responses Ltd) to become a “new company” – […]

AUSTRALIA – Canberra Police revisit taser use after initial rejection (2011-02-16)

Posted on February 16 2011 by admin

[[GlobalShock: “An Australia Capital Territory (ACT)  Government standing committee recommended tasers should not be given to general duties police in a report handed down more than four years ago… CT Policing is conducting another review into the use of tasers in the territory. The review was started late last year, but will take into account […]

UK – Northern Ireland – Legal bid to stop PSNI using tasers fails (2011-01-17)

Posted on January 17 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Lawyers representing an 8 year-old child (who has not been tasered) appealed to Northern Ireland top judicial body to ban tasers because here mother had been killed by a rubber bullet in 1980 and tasers infringed in children’s rights under European legiuslation. Case rejected.]] BBC … Northern Ireland’s most senior judge has […]

CANADA – Taser-inquiry judge rejects ‘excited delirium’ as cause of Nova Scotia inmate’s death (2010-12-09)

Posted on December 9 2010 by admin

Globe and Mail … A Nova Scotia judge probing the death of a paranoid schizophrenic man who was tasered during violent struggles in custody rejected an official finding of excited delirium, calling the diagnosis “riddled with issues.” Provincial Court Justice Anne Derrick noted in a massive report into the death of Howard Hyde that excited […]