Archive for the 'Police accountability' Category

ISRAEL – Jerusalem Police officer sentenced to 28 months for abusive use of taser gun on handcuffed man (2014-04-27)

Posted on April 27 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A rare case of police being seriously sanctioned for taser abuse. The Tel Aviv District Court on Sunday handed down a 28-month prison sentence against police officer Sail Anaim for abusive use of a Taser gun against an unnamed man. This is the first time a court has passed such a sentence […]

USA – San Diego, California: Privacy an issue with police body cameras (2014-04-12)

Posted on April 12 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY/ COMMENTS : Body-worn cameras are an important new segment of the TASER market … San Diego’s police chief wants 300 officers outfitted with body cameras by July to help restore waning public trust in the department. Three models are being trialed, including the TASER AXON. But there are issues the police union and the […]

CANADA / QUEBEC – Un coroner réclame plus de pistolets électriques pour les policiers [Coroner calls for arming more police with tasers] (2014-02-06)

Posted on February 6 2014 by admin

[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Quebec coroner Dr Jean Brochu hascommented on tasers, following his inquiry into the shooting death of Mario Hamel and an innocent bystander in 2011. Now he calls for more police to be armed with tasers and more tasers rolled out – while also calling for more training of police for handling the […]

USA – South Dakota: Review: Officer’s use of Taser on 8-year-old “reasonable” (2013-12-17)

Posted on December 17 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Is it ever reasonable to taser an 8-yr-old? Yes! According to this story …  A South Dakota Department of Criminal Investigation determined that a Pierre Police Department officer did not act unreasonably when he used his Taser on an 8-year-old girl in October. The girl was making “suicidal comments” and holding a […]

CANADA – Police in a risky love affair with Tasers (2013-09-09)

Posted on September 9 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Tasers are, we read, “wonderful devices”, the police just need to treat them carefully: “in the case of Tasers, life-saving potential so clear — that we start a love affair with the gadget that defies rationality.” The case for tasers is “almost self-evident”: Police forces around the world love Tasers, and […]

NEW ZEALAND – Commander upholds police complaints (2013-09-05)

Posted on September 5 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Marlborough area police commander has upheld veteran protester complaints against police over their actions at the Waihopai spy base protest in January, recognising that police had breached policy by wearing Tasers at a protest and that they had not acted to the standard police should.]] Marlborough Express, by Cathie Belll Marlborough area […]

CANADA – Edmonton Police not responsible for death of Tasered man with ‘super-human’ strength [Jeff Oatway in 2012] (2013-09-05)

Posted on September 5 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) has concluded that Edmonton police are not responsible for the in-custody death of a 34-yr-old Jeff Oatway who was Tasered on April 11, 2012. He was clearly out-of-control (read: psychiatric distress) and the taser “had no effect and he continued to struggle” (?). While […]

AUSTRALIA – Police could face charges over Taser death of Brazilian student (2013-05-28)

Posted on May 28 2013 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS : On 18 March last year, Brazilian student, 20-year-old Roberto Curti had an adverse reaction to LSD, stole some biscuits from a convenience store in Sydney, was tasered 14 times by the police and died. The Police Integrity Commission is recommending that consideration be given to the prosecution of a number […]

AUSTRALIA – Police Integrity Commission recommends police be charged over death of tasered Brazilian student Roberto Laudisio Curti (2013-05-27)

Posted on May 27 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The police corruption watchdog has recommended that charges be laid against a number of police involved in the fatal arrest of Brazilian student, Roberto Laudisio Curti, in Sydney last year. Late last year the New South Wales coroner found police acted “like schoolboys in Lord of the Flies” as they tasered […]

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 […]

USA –Pennsylvania Man hit by Taser in custody of Millvale police speaks out – He may have been shocked 20 times (2013-03-09)

Posted on March 9 2013 by admin

[[Summary / Comments: Handcuffed Thomas Jason Smith, 27, who has mental health issues, was drive-stunned in the left shoulder and shot with darts in the lower back. He received up to 20 taser discharges. Mr. Smith “had become violent, hitting his head off of the jail cell wall.” He then “tried to go after and […]

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 […]

USA – Vermont- Attorney General: Trooper justified in firing Taser at man who later died (2013-01-25)

Posted on January 25 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT. Tom Costello, the attorney representing the family of the victim, remains incredulous that the state trooper who tasered unarmed Macadam Mason, in clear psychiatric distress (following epileptic seizures), and on his own grounds with his girl-friend asking them to keep back is be cleared of any criminal wrongdoing, despite the autopsy of […]

USA – Millvale, Pennsylvania: Probe of Millvale man’s Tasering continues (2013-01-25)

Posted on January 25 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Man tasered up to 20 times while handcuffed suffers multiple problems: Thomas Jason Smith, 27, shocked by police now shakes constantly, developed a hand twitch, endures back pain and has been having severe panic and anxiety attacks since the Taser incident in September, his mother said Thursday. Video shows he had been […]

CANADA – Amnesty International: Tasers authorized in Saskatchewan (2013-01-24)

Posted on January 24 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: While welcoming many aspects of the new Saskatchewan guidelines, Amnesty International remains concerned that the threshold for use – imminent high risk of bodily harm – is simply too low. Need for clear national legislative framework for the use of tasers and to limit the use of tasers to situations involving an […]

USA – Settlement [$2,000,000 plus] Reached in [2012] University of Cincinnati Taser Death (2013-01-23)

Posted on January 23 2013 by admin

[[Summary / Comments : A settlement of $2,000,000 plus providing an undergraduate education free of tuition and instructional fees for the two siblings taser victim, 18-year-old Everette Howard on August 6, 2012 who deied after he was tasered while attending a summer program on the University of Cincinnati. The Coroner ruled no cause of death […]

USA – Jacksonville, Arizona Woman tased by Jacksonville police settles lawsuit [for undisclosed amount] (2013-01-23)

Posted on January 23 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: In May 2011, Serena Washington was tasered in front of her children while walking to church. She charged the city of Jacksonville and one of its police officers with using excessive force and civil rights violations. The case has been dismissed wothout prejudice. The amount of the settlement is not known because […]

CANADA – Brantford, Ontario: ‘Get down! Get down! Taser!’ (2013-01-17)

Posted on January 17 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The taser as one element in a confrontation with substantial police brutality: Landon Curley, 26, an aboriginal man (Mohawk: Six Nations ), explains how he was tasered by Six-Nations Police after he fell asleep at a friend’s house. Two officers are charged with forcible entry, assault and unlawful confinement.After a night drinking […]

USA – North Mankato, Minnesota man tasered by police before death, Mankato city officials say (2012-01-12)

Posted on January 12 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Why was this man tasered? 26-year-old was tasered twice by at least one of the police officers who arrested him. Andrew Layton was unconscious in the store’s entry when police officers arrived at about 4:40 a.m. He never regained consciousness and died on January 5th,, four days later, having suffered heart failure […]

UK – Lancashire Blind man seeks compensation for police Taser mistake (2013-01-09)

Posted on January 9 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Colin Farmer, 63, a blind stroke victim has issued a compensation claim after he was shot in the back with a 50,000-volt Taser stun gun by a police officer who mistook his white stick for a samurai sword. He collapsed to the ground in shock and believed he might be dying from another […]