Archive for the 'Police complaints commissions' Category

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 […]

USA – Twin Cities, Minnesota: Golden Valley human rights commission dismissed [over taser and shooting death ruling](2011-12-23)

Posted on December 23 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A clear case of “shooting the messenger”. Golden Valley City Council dismissed its Human Rights Commission – the state’s oldest such commission (created in 1965) – following its report on a taser incident and the shooting death of a woman by police. The independent commission has asked the council to form a […]

UK – IPCC: an organisation in desperate need of a new leader 2011-09-09)

Posted on September 9 2011 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The UK police watchdog needs a fresh approach at the top as it faces criticism over its handling of the Mark Duggan case according to this article in the UK Guardian, Following two taser-related eath in England, questionas are raised about, the head of the IPCC investigations team, Moir Stewart, […]

AUSTRALIA – Injuries rise from police Taser use: report (2011-04-28)

Posted on May 8 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: “TASER-related injuries have increased in Queensland and a high number of suspects are still being repeatedly shot almost a year after tougher controls were put on police using the 50,000 volt devices….” although no widespread misuse of the gun was found. “Taser deployments since the introduction of the revised policy were generally […]

USA – To tase or not to tase – Beloit, Michigan: Town makes taser-abuse settlement; Police praise tasers (2011-04-15)

Posted on April 14 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Following a $70,000 settlement in a videotaped police brutality case in which the taser was used against a woman suspect (not mentioned in the text), Beloit (pop. 38,000) taser instructor describes all the good news about tasers, and how his police force follows taser instruction. “only concern about the Tasers is that […]

CANADA – Prince George (BC) Boy stunned by RCMP Taser only child living in facility (2011-04-13)

Posted on April 13 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: “Restore public confidence” – This is what Judge Braidwood said the RCMP had to do, following the taser-related death of Robert Dziekanski. By tasering an 11-year old aboriginal kid? More questions are raised about the 11-yr-old boy tasered on 8 April (see other posts). “The child was not living in a group […]

AUSTRALIA – Corruption and Crime Commission hears Kevin Spratt had no warning of Tasering [he was tasered 42 times] (2011-04-11)

Posted on April 7 2011 by admin

[[Summary / Comments : “Kevin Spratt received no warning on the day he was tasered twice, removed from his cell and tasered up to 11 more times … he was Tasered up to 41 times between August 30 and September 6, 2008.” ]] A SERGEANT working at Perth Watchhouse says Kevin Spratt received no warning […]

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 […]

UK – Wales – IPCC to probe taser gun assault claim (2011-01-29)

Posted on January 29 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The UK Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) reports it will investigate a 2009 episode in which “[a] man says when he was arrested a taser was deployed and hit his head … The alleged incident happened in August 2009 when the man, … says he was hospitalised, receiving up to 12 stitches […]

CANADA – Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) needs crisis team in Collingwood (2011-01-21)

Posted on January 21 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A local newspaper reports on the follow-uyp of the death of Aron Firman in a group home in Co0lingwood, Ontario: “Firman died at the scene of cardiac arrythmia brought on by the use of the weapon on an individual in an agitated state, according to the coroner. The province’s Special Investigations Unit […]

CANADA – Father calls for OPP crisis team following Collingwood taser death (2011-01-19)

Posted on January 19 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The father of taser-victim Aron Firman (died June 2010)  “says his son’s death would not have happened had the OPP (Ontario Provincial Police) had a mobile crisis intervention team in place”. Ontario Special Investigations Unit Board chairman Paul Montgomery noted the the argument  “made a compelling case in principle . . . […]

CANADA – More Ottawa cellblock abuse eyed (2011-01-15)

Posted on January 15 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: We fear that the taser is becoming increasingly used, although rarely reported, behind prison walls. An officer in the Ottawa jurisdiction “was temporarily demoted for kicking and shocking a female prisoner with a Taser” (in bold in the post). Just how widespread is this?]] QMI Agency, by Doug Hempstead OTTAWA – Police […]

CANADA – Ontario man tasered and “cardiac arrhythmia precipitated by electronic control device” (2010-12-07)

Posted on December 7 2010 by admin

SIU Concludes Investigation Into Taser Death 7 dec 2010 The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU)*, Ian Scott, has concluded that there are no reasonable grounds to charge an officer of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) — Collingwood Detachment, with a criminal offence in regards to the death of a Collingwood man in late […]

CANADA – Braidwood Inquiry, Part 2: “Why?” (2010-06-31)

Posted on June 21 2010 by admin

Globalshock: The June 2010 summary/recommendations of Volume 2 (Why?) of the British Columbia “Braidwood Inquiry” into the 2007 death of Robert Dziekanski. A long post which focuses on the circumstances surrounding Mr Dziekanski’s death following multiple tasering by RCMP police-officers at Vancouver International Airport …  merits reading… Judge Braidwood concluded: ” … We will never […]

CANADA – Braidwood Inquiry – Part 2 – ‘Why?’ – Executive summary & recommendations (2010-06-19)

Posted on June 19 2010 by admin

The June 2010 summary/recommendations of Volume 2 (Why?) of the British Columbia “Braidwood Inquiry” into the 2007 death of Robert Dziekanski. A long post which focuses on the circumstances surrounding Mr Dziekanski’s death following multiple tasering by RCMP police-officers at Vancouver International Airport …  merits reading… Judge Braidwood concluded: ” … We will never know, […]

UK – Complaints Commission vindicates police in Nottingham taser incident (2010-02-11)

Posted on February 11 2010 by admin

IPCC reveals outcome of investigation into arrest in Nottingham where taser deployed The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is today publishing the outcome of its investigation into the arrest of a man in Nottingham city centre in June last year, where a taser was deployed. Part of the arrest was filmed on a mobile phone […]

UK – All complaints about use of Tasers to be referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (2009-05-05)

Posted on May 5 2009 by admin

Independent Police Complaints Commission … All complaints about use of Tasers to be referred to the IPCC … Following the publication of an IPCC report in to the use of Tasers (in November 2008) the IPCC has today announced that all complaints made to police forces involving the use of Tasers should be referred to […]

AUSTRALIA – Crime and Misconduct Commission critical of officer over taser incident (2009-03-04)

Posted on March 4 2009 by admin

AAP, by Steve Gray A police officer who fired a Taser stun gun at a 16-year-old girl used excessive force, the Queensland’s Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC) has found. The CMC delivered a scathing assessment of how police handled a situation on the South Bank in April last year when the teenager defied a move-on […]

CANADA – RCMP should end use of Tasers: Zaccardelli [former head of the RCMP] (2008-09-03)

Posted on September 3 2008 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: “Canada’s national police force should end its controversial use of stun guns, former RCMP commissioner Giuliano Zaccardelli says. … But given the recent controversy surrounding police force’s use of Tasers in Canada, the former commissioner has reconsidered his position, he said… An analysis of 563 incidents by the Canadian Press last year […]

CANADA – Rob Wipond: “The Facts about Tasers — and the Lies” (2008-01-05)

Posted on July 1 2008 by admin