Archive for the 'Police communications skills' Category

CANADA – Ontario Police deaths inquest: Police unlikely to use Tasers in knife incidents — or to consider mental state (2103-10-16)

Posted on October 16 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS :  Tasers are not an alternative to guns if suspect is holding a knife in 80 to 90% of situations, says a police college trainer at a coroner’s inquest: “In situations that are very serious, we have to have the firearm. . . to protect the officer, and to protect the public as […]

CANADA – Speakers protest expanded police taser use at Toronto City Hall (2013-10-07)

Posted on October 7 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Activists and other local citizens – including from the mental health community, CCLA and the ex-mayor of Toronto, John Sewell – spoke out against plans to expand police use of conducted energy weapons, or tasers, in a public board meeting at Toronto’s City Hall on Sept. 24. Need to improive communication […]

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 […]

UK – ‘If you give the police more Tasers, don’t be shocked by the result’ (2012-10-21)

Posted on October 21 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: When the police ask for extra weaponry in the struggle to defend our civil liberties, it’s time to start worrying. Last June the Police Federation wrote to the prime minister asking for the number of Tasers to be treble. The tasering of an elderly blind man who’d already suffered from two strokes […]

USA – Family of mentally ill Tukwila, Wasington man who died after police allegedly used Tasers on him files suit (2012-09-22)

Posted on September 22 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: In an almost classic scenario, in June 2012 the family of a man in psychiatric distress calls 911 for help. The police arrive and taser him and he dies. The family’s lawyer says “They never tried to talk to him. … As far as we’re concerned, they did everything wrong at every […]

USA – In response to ’60 Minutes,’ an officer says TASERs quell erratic suspects (2011-11-16)

Posted on November 16 2011 by admin

 [[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Officer Marcus Martin of the Las Vegas Metro Police Department , a TASER Inc. certified taser instructor (3 days training), challenges the medical and electrocardiological rejection of “excited delirium” as a cause of post-tasering deaths.  “Excited delirium is a primary reason officers should carry [a Taser]”, he tells us on the […]

CANADA – Brandon (Manitoba) police use taser on 14-year-old brandishing piece of glass (2011-06-09)

Posted on June 9 2011 by admin

[[Summary / Comments : Should the taser ve used on teenagers? Police in western Manitoba used a taser to subdue a 14-year-old boy they say was causing a disturbance and posing a threat to himself.]] BRANDON, MAN.— The Canadian Press Police in western Manitoba used a taser to subdue a 14-year-old boy they say was causing […]

NEW ZEALAND – Mental Health Foundation NZ response to “Social Crisis Incidents: Issues, Implication and Opportunities ” (2011-06-02)

Posted on June 2 2011 by admin

[[Summary / Comments: The New Zealand Mental Health Foundation calls on national police to “ensure that people experiencing mental distress in social crisis incidents … are cared for in the least intrusive fashion possible, not put into police custody without sound reason, and that social crises are used to better plan a person’s recovery … […]

NEW ZEALAND – Police given easier access to Taser stun guns (2011-05-25)

Posted on May 28 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Tasers are becoming “normal issue” for front-line police officers in New Zealand: “New police commissioner Peter Marshall said officers were told last week they no longer had to seek approval to strap on a Taser if they thought they were heading into danger.” … ]] Front line police have been given easier […]

USA – New Report Details Eugene, Oregon, Police Department Accomplishments and Challenges [Taser use substantially down] (2011-05-23)

Posted on May 24 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Eugene, Oregon is working seriously to improve relations with the ublic, part of this involving reduced taser usage: “Last year EPD used a taser 20 times — much less than the previous year — and extremely low compared to other cities across the U.S.”]], by Jessica Debbas EUGENE, Ore. — Eugene’s […]

USA – Galveston, Texas Man Suffering Heart Attack Tased and Beaten to Death by Police Officers (2011-05-23)

Posted on May 24 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: We don’t usually post lawsuits until there are decisions, but Galveston police appear to have overstepped all boundaries: “Jamaal R. Valentine sought medical attention for an apparent heart attack only to be met and beaten by three La Marque police officers.” Motorists calls 911 for medical emergency, the police are first responders […]

USA – Why did Adam Johnson die [after being tasered at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida]? Family seeks answers … (2010-05-22)

Posted on May 22 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Why did Adam Johnson die? Family seeks answers in Tasered man’s death. Winter Haven man’s family disputes Orlando police description of him as ‘disorderly’: “He was self-effacing” said his fiancee: “He was the sweetest guy”, who suffered back spasms. “Police said he started “grabbing his beard, grabbing his head” and “being disorderly.” […]

CANADA: Cornwall, Ontario: “Requirements of policing have gone through an evolution” (2011-05-15)

Posted on May 16 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Raymond Jodoin, a retired police officer in Cornwall, Ontario (pop. 46,000) compares current policing to his own work forty years ago: “Jodoin said his biggest asset during those days was his common sense, and the fact he didn’t lose his temper and act like a “tough guy.” Where now one might use […]

USA – Video: Californian Peter McFarland tasered in his house – a clear case of taser abuse (2010-09-11)

Posted on September 11 2010 by admin

VIDEO [[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Police out-of-control, using the taser as pain compliance on an elderly man, at home, who chooses not to go to hospital … Marin County California Sheriff’s Deputies taser him repeatedly after claiming that he charged them. The video shows that the man, who’s in his 60’s did no such thing. The […]

CANADA / QUEBEC – Présentation à la Commission de la sécurité publique de la “Coalition pour le retrait du Taser” [The “Coalition pour le retrait du Taser” official statement to the Montreal Public Secirity Commission’s hearings on the taser] (2010-04-27)

Posted on April 27 2010 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS : An important analysis, the official position statement, presented by the president of the Ligue des droits et libertés, of the Quebec Coalition pour le retrait de Taser at the April 2010 Montreal Public Safety Commission’s public hearings on police access to tasers. Six major issues are raised: (1) the background of the […]