Archive for the 'Ombudsman' Category

UK – Northern Ireland Taser use ‘justified’ in [5] knife attacks (2014-03-13)

Posted on March 13 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Police were justified in using Tasers during five separate incidents across Northern Ireland involving people armed with knives, the Police Ombudsman has found following investigations.]] The Irish Times Police were justified in using Tasers during five separate incidents across Northern Ireland involving people armed with knives, the Police Ombudsman has found following […]

CANADA – Ottawa Police union echoes chief’s comments in face of ombudsman’s criticisms (2013-11-07)

Posted on November 7 2013 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The head of the Ottawa police union accepts police oversight (the minimum!), but, like the police chief, says there isn’t a pressing need for talks around de-escalation tactics here because local officers already do it all the time. “To echo the chief’s comments, we already do a lot of de-escalation. […]

CANADA – Ottawa, Ontario: ‘This is not a police state,’ Ombudsman says (2013-11-05)

Posted on November 5 2013 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The Ottawa police chief criticizes the Ontario ombudsman for suggesting the police service is resisting an investigation into whether new use-of-force guidelines are needed is “unfounded” and “not factually based.” The ombudsman had said: “I think some of the police community has forgotten that this is not a police state,” […]

FRANCE – Taser et Flash-ball: le Défenseur des droits veut un meilleur encadrement [Taser and Flashball: the Defender of Rights calls for more control] (2013-05-29)

Posted on May 29 2013 by admin

[[Summary / Comments : The French “Defender of Rights” calls for tighter guidelines on situations in which the taser is used by police, better training and particularly non-targeting of the heart region. Includes statistics of use of tasers in France.]] Par AFP , La rédaction de RTL.fr Le Défenseur des droits a présenté mardi plusieurs […]

AUSTRALIA – Ombudsman slams cop probe into taser death (2013-02-28)

Posted on February 28 2013 by admin

[[Summary / Comments: The New South Wales ombudsman has criticised a police investigation into the death of Brazilian student, Roberto Laudisio Curti, 21, who was tasered 14 times, saying it failed to deal with the issue of police misconduct. The Coroner had already called officers who tasered him 14 times “thuggish” and rejected some of […]

AUSTRALIA – Canberra: Complaints fall again but Ombudsman still unhappy (2011-10-06)

Posted on October 6 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS: The Canberra public watchdog has raised concerns about the use of force by Canberra’s police, despite the number of complaints against officers dropping for the third year in a row. “We will be trying to ensure that the Canberra police never has some of the taser-related problems that some of the state police […]

USA – Highlights from Spokane Mayor’s State of the City Address [Taser complaints to ombudsman’s website] (2011-02-11)

Posted on February 13 2011 by admin

Pacific NW Inlander, by DANIEL.WALTERS [[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: “The mayor alluding, momentarily, to the shooting controversies that continue to dog law enforcement [not the law on shooting dogs!]: “We continue to address public demand for greater accountability in our Police Department. Thanks to the work of the Council and concerned citizens, we revised the duties […]