Archive for the 'Police attitudes to tasers' Category

ISRAEL – Tel Aviv Police officer convicted for abusive use of taser gun on handcuffed man (2014-03-14)

Posted on March 14 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Sail Anaim, an Israeli police officer – clearly a “bad cop” – has been disciplined for the first time for using the taser abusively: he unlawfully shocked an unnamed subdued man with a taser gun 24 times while he was already handcuffed in a police-car, on the ground and ion the police […]

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO – Now cops want pepper spray, tasers (2014-01-14)

Posted on January 18 2014 by admin

[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: In 2010, six police officers were charged with crimes linked to the arrest and beating of three men shocked with a taser gun Despite this major scandal involving police brutality using tasers – which has yet to thoroughly investigated (see also related stories under “Trinidad & Tobago”, the police association is calling […]

UK – London: Call For More Police To Be Armed With Tasers (2013-11-13)

Posted on November 11 2013 by admin

  [[Summary / Comments: Supposedly, London police claim they are not able to resolve potentially violent situations quickly enough because not enough officers carry tasers. Aa police spokesperson argues: “The answer may not be to give a taser to each and every officer but I do think we need significantly more.” Taser use doubled between […]

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,” […]

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 – 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 […]

CANADA – Ottawa police welcome provincial decision on Taser deployment (2103-08-27)

Posted on August 27 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Ottawa police say they welcome the province’s decision to allow police forces to come up with their own rules about which officers can use Tasers. Police chiefs have been advocating for the expanded use of Tasers for years. Tasers have been in use in Ottawa for several years and they are […]

CANADA – Ontario Police need the weapon of good judgment, not more tasers (2013-08-27)

Posted on August 27 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : An editoral in “Canada’s leading paper” calls Ontario’s wish to put tasers in the hands of front-line police officers “spectacularly ill-timed”. The taser would not have been used to control knife-wielding 18-year-old named Sammy Yatim, who was shot and then tasred a month ago. The killing of Sammy Yatim has created […]

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 […]

NETHERLANDS – [Tasers in the Netherlands:] Submission to the UN Committee against Torture on the Netherlands (2013-04-16)

Posted on April 16 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Submission to the UN Committee against Torture on taser police in the Netherlands. Dutch police arrest teams have steadily been equipped with taser weapons since May 2009. In September 2012, the Minister of Security and Justice Ivo Opstelten announced plans to introduce taser weapons for the entire Dutch police force, including all regular […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

USA – Pennsylvania: Snyder County Prison guard fired for Taser prank [against a prison nurse] (2013-01-07)

Posted on January 7 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Shoukld we worry about guards using tasers inside prisons? In this bizarre case, a guard tasers a prison nurse after she pulled a prank on him (involving the officer’s lunch box). He was fired, but his union (the Teamsters’ local branch) us saying “He should be disciplined, but discharging him is too […]

UK – Taser Provision: Met [London Police] Force Moves To Allay Concerns (2012-12-21)

Posted on December 21 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The Metropolitan Police (= London Police) is actively trying to convince community groups that more tasers are good for the community. two officers per response car will be equipped with Taser in each borough, with a pair of the vehicles operating at any one time. (Hard to make out what this really […]

USA – Cincinnati, Ohio Police shocked man after fall: Parents hope to press excessive-force suit against police (2012-12-17)

Posted on December 17 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: An unarmed mentally ill man, Doug Boucher, who died during a confrontation on 13 January 2009 with police was shocked with a Taser seven times, kicked and repeatedly struck with a baton, all mostly after he had fallen face-first onto concrete and stopped moving, according to newly released court documents. Previously they […]

USA – Salt Lake City, Utah Police use Taser gun on mentally challenged man – twice (2012-12-04)

Posted on December 4 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Salt Lake police are being accused of tasering a mentally challenged man twice and booting the man out onto the street alone. Hisd family says he was “ abused, frightened and humiliated.” Michael Grant is a paranoid schizophrenic, who’s 85% deaf, with impaired vision, and a low I.Q. Elms said last month […]

USA – “Is TASER’s Rick Smith the Steve Jobs of police technology?” (2012-11-27)

Posted on November 27 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Is TASER International the world’s greatest corporation? The Police are told “Yes”. The influential PoliceOne website chief editor argues that CEO Rick Smith is probably finer than Apple’s Steve Jobs. The differences are that Mr Smith is easier to relate to, less secretive and “TASER is laser-focused (pun intended) on protecting life […]

USA – “What is ‘The TASER Experience’ anyway?” (2012-11-27)

Posted on November 27 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The police adulation of the taser reaches almost orgasmic proportions in this article by the influential editor of the PoliceOne website: How long does the experience last? he asks. “The answer is that the TASER Experience is not about time, it’s about totality. It’s about completeness. It’s about ubergeek terms like “end-to-end […]