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USA – Vermont House advances statewide stun gun policy bill (2014-03-18)

Posted on March 18 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The Vermont legilature on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to a bill calling for statewide standards on training for police using electronic stun guns. Critics, including the mother of a Macadam Mason, killed in 2012 by a state trooper’s Taser, sharply criticized it as watered-down, weak and not specific enough. “It’s troopers investigating […]

New Orleans, Louisiana: New Orleans Police Dept Taser case tests difference between lying and faulty memory (2013-06-28)

Posted on March 28 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Police who taser a suspect report he was holding a machete. Video from the tasercam contradicts this and they are sanctioned. Cameras are become an increasinly important tool for establisgin what actually happens. They were put on trial: “These two officers were looked up to by many officers,” Deputy Chief Darryl […]

CANADA / QUEBEC – “Le Taser: arme mortelle / The taser: a deadly weapon” (2012-10-18)

Posted on October 18 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: (English version follows French) – Press release in French and English from the major Black Coalition of Quebec to recognize the five years since Quilem Registre was tasered and died in Montreal (19 October 2007). The police are gaining increased access to tasers. Basically nothing has been done to improve policing in […]

USA – Arizona Officers not charged for Tasing man 71 times (2012-03-05)

Posted on March 5 2012 by admin

  [[SUMMARY / COMMENT : Multiple tasering for a medical emergency…Three officers involved in Tasering a man 71 times at a North Highway 89 gas station last summer will not be criminally charged. The unnamed man, according to the police, was high on Bath Salts and PCP and went into a state of excited delirium […]

CANADA / QUEBEC – Two Montreal officers suspended following taser death (2012-02-14)

Posted on February 14 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Is this justice? How are police sanctioned if they kill with the taser and are found to have acted out-of-regulations? Quilem Registre died when tasered six times …; The Montreal police (SPVM)  ethics committee – police judging police – has ordered Montreal City Constable Yannick Bordeleau to be suspended for 20 days […]

CANADA / QUEBEC – Montreal cops investigating more police brutality allegations [5- & 20- days suspension for multiple tasering leading to death of Quilem Registre] (2012-02-05)

Posted on February 5 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS:The two officers involved in the multiple tasering of Quilem Resistre followed by his death in 2007 were found by the Police Ethics Committee – all police officers – to have acted unethically. Their sentence: 20 days suspension for the taser-firer and 5 days for his partner. Reflecting the “severity” of the misconduct, […]

CANADA / QUEBEC: Comité de déontologie policière de Montréal: Sanctions contre les deux officiers qui ont participé dans les évennement qui précédaient la mort de Quileme Registre [Montreal Police Ethics Committee – Sanctions imposed on officers for misconduct during 2007 tasering of Quilem Registre] (2012-01-24)

Posted on January 24 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : This is the report of the Montreal Erhic Committee (in French only). After finding the two officers involved in the multiple tasering of Quilem Registre guilty of breaches of the Montreal Police Code of Ethics, the Ethics Commission hands down its sentence: 5 days loss of pay for one officer who […]

USA – As More Police Wear Cameras, Policy Questions Arise (2011-11-07)

Posted on November 7 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS: Companies such as Taser are making small, durable cameras designed to be worn on police officer’s uniforms. The idea is to capture video from the officer’s point of view, for use as evidence against suspects, as well as to help monitor officers’ behavior toward the public. The unions generally want guarantees that superiors […]

CANADA – Ontario Provincial Police officer Tasers fellow cop (2011-10-27)

Posted on October 27 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS:  Another case of police using the taser to zap a colleague! An Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) sergeant zapped a junior officer with a Taser during a dispute in the force’s Nottawasaga detachment. OPP Inspector Dave Ross provided no details but did confirm that a “conducted energy weapon was unholstered by a member during […]

CANADA / QUEBEC – Montreal Police officer cited for excessive force in Taser death (2011-09-29)

Posted on September 29 2011 by admin

  [[SUMMARY /COMMENTS: Did the two officers who intervened in the incident leaving Quilem Registre dying, after 6 taser discharged in less than a minute, act inappropriately, according to the Quebec Polioce Code? Yes, each in one instance, one for using exagerrated force, the other for not trying to restrain him. This was the outsome […]

CANADA – British Columbia: “No charges for Mounties who Tasered 11-year-old” 2011-09-15

Posted on September 15 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS Following the highly controversial use of a taser in April 2011 against an 11-yr-old boy living in a residence, RCMP says no changes will be laid against the officers involved… His mother has said the stun gun could have killed her son because he has a heart condition known as cardiomyopathy, and […]

UK – Taser and pepper spray review ruled out by police (2011-08-24)

Posted on August 24 2011 by admin

[[ Summary / Comments : Despite growing criticism, the UK Association of Chief Police Officers says it will not review Tasers or pepper spray use at this stage despite three deaths in eight days. The three deaths occurred after arrests in Bolton, Cheshire and Cumbria during which Tasers or spray were used.]] The Association of […]

AUSTRALIA – Victoria State: Tasers – tool of the trade, or too risky? (2011-06-02)

Posted on June 2 2011 by admin

[[Summary / Comments : A long article weighing up the pro-s and con-s of rolling out tasers for all police officers following a one year “trial” in Victoria. What emerges clearest is the police want them while civil society remains extremely critical.]] ABC, by Gus Goswell Many police and security professionals swear by them. Critics […]

CANADA – Investigators probing Tasering of B.C. child haven’t spoken to Mounties involved Read it on Global News: Investigators probing Tasering of B.C. child haven’t spoken to Mounties involved (2011-04-16)

Posted on April 16 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Official investigations are starting on the tasering of the 11-year-old First Nations boy. The RCMP are investigating the police (but strangely “coming back” to do interviews later), the B.C. child advocate is on the case, as well as the RCMP Public Complaints Commission. Amnesty International has protested and demanded clear guidelines on […]

CANADA – RCMP public complaint commission monitoring case of 11-year-old Tasered by RCMP (2011-04-12)

Posted on April 12 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: An update on the tasering of the 11 year-old boy in a group home in Fort George, British Columbia (see related posts). The RCMP is attempting to show its eagerness to self-examine. The taser was fired by a relative rookie (18 months on the force), has been placed on administrative leave. As […]

CANADA – Prince George, British Columbia: Police use of Taser on boy, 11, questioned (2011-05-11)

Posted on April 11 2011 by admin

[[Summary / Comments : Four days after the event – RCMP: “the boy was a suspect in the stabbing of a 37-year-old man, and a Taser was used in his arrest. Officers found the boy inside a group home next door to the crime scene, and when he came out, he was shocked with a […]

BELIZE – Inside the Gang Suppression Unit (GSU) (2011-04-06)

Posted on April 6 2011 by admin

 [[SUMMARY /COMMENTS :  Use of tasers by the sinister-sounding “Gang Suppressrion Unit” – they do have a straight way of talking in Belize – since October 2010. The gangs are nearly all in Belize City, and there are drugs and smuggling … attention then turns to “an innocuous looking device – that fit on my […]