Archive for the 'Police criticize tasers' Category

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 […]

Indepth / USA – Stunning revelations – The untold story of Taser-related deaths (2012-12-06)

Posted on December 6 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A long and detailed “backgrounder” on tasers in the USA, starting with the traser-death of Ryan Wilson in Sauguist 2012 in Lafayette, Colorado: TASER International emerges as a corporation exploiting its monopoly position as the only supplier of much-desired stun-guns to police units … Information includes the corporation’s video sent to medical […]

NETHERLANDS – Amnesty International: Exporting Insanity: Dutch Police Get Tasers (2012-03-27)

Posted on March 27 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT : Amnesty International reports that the Dutch police don’t want tasers and the union representing the police has made this clear – yet the Netherlands is apparently starting a one-year trial of arming police with Tasers. Common sense says the police are right to reject the taser, given the well-documented. controversy surrounding […]

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 […]

USA – Arizona: Purchase of Tasers for Department of Public Safety questioned – Officer who submitted request has ties to firm (2011-12-09)

Posted on December 9 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The Arizona Department of Public Safety (state police) just increased its order for 800 new taser from $800,000 to a new order for 1,000 newer-model Tasers and accessories at a cost of more than $1.9 million. – This was the decision of one man, Sgt. Bud Clark, who failed to declare […]

NEW ZEALAND – Police getting Taser with longer prongs (2011-05-02)

Posted on May 2 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: “New Zealand police are getting more reliable taser cartridges, after find a 25% failure rate” with those sold by TASER Inc. throughout the world (!). It should be noted that “longer prongs” means increased dangerosity, as the darts penetrate deeper into the body of the person targeted (heart region,, etc.). New Zealand […]

AUSTRALIA – Western Australia police chief joins forces with Quigley (2013-03-03)

Posted on March 3 2011 by admin

[[ GlobalShock: In what seems a rare case of mea culpa, “WA Police Commissioner enlists the help of the shadow attorney who just two weeks ago called him the worst commissioner in the country”. All this in the wake of the scandalous multiple tasering of the the aboriginal Australian, Kevin Spratt, that has put the […]

USA – Dallas officer is among several suing Taser, alleging injuries during training (2011-01-19)

Posted on January 19 2011 by admin


AUSTRALIA – I’ll never carry a Taser again: officer (2010-12-13)

Posted on December 13 2010 by admin

AAP, Josh Jerga … A West Australian officer who tasered Aboriginal man Kevin Spratt 10 times at Perth Watchhouse has told a corruption hearing that given the choice he would never carry a Taser again. Sergeant Aaron Strahan was one of the officers who arrested Mr Spratt on August 31 2008 and brought him back […]

FRANCE – Le syndicat des policiers municipaux contre le Taser [Municipal Police Union against the taser] (2010-12-02)

Posted on December 12 2010 by admin

The union representing municipal police is asking for a moratorium on city police use of the taser following the death of a Malian in Colombes. The union wants protection but calls the taser “a poisoned gift for police who have the misfortune to use it …” Le Syndicat National des Policiers Municipaux demande un moratoire […]

FRANCE – “C’est irresponsable de dire aux policiers que le Taser ne tue pas” [“It’s irresponsible to tell the police the taser doesn’t kill”] (2010-12-01)

Posted on December 1 2010 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: In an interview with the French newspaper “Liberation”, ex-police commissioner in Toulouse in south-western France (pop. 440,000) and currently responsible for the city’s security (and a member of the French Socialist Party) says, following the death of a Malian apparently by the taser. If the French police knew the risks, they would […]

GERMANY – Federal police do not have access to tasers … (downloaded 2010-10-27)

Posted on October 27 2010 by admin

WIKIPEDIA (in German) – see original below German to English translation (note, via google-translation) In Hamburg, the CDU Senate under Mayor Ole von Beust and Interior Minister Udo Nagel in June 2005 passed a new Police Act, which provides, inter alia, the introduction of Taser guns. According the amendment of the Bavarian Police Act on […]

AUSTRALIA – Report warns against Tasers (2010-10-12)

Posted on October 12 2010 by admin

Sydney Morning Herald – Greg Roberts … General duties police in Victoria should not be allowed to use Taser stun guns when the state’s specialist squads often misused them, a new report says. The report says specialist police in Victoria had misused Tasers against people with mental illnesses 85 per cent of the time, on […]

USA – Nick Dial: “TASER – An Officer’s Perspective and a Jolt of Reality” (2010-06-01)

Posted on June 1 2010 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Nick Dial, a certified Arizona police officer specialized in Homeland Security with taser experience presents a particularly coherent – and lengthy – argument concerning many of the problems of taser use by the US police. Interesting because he is a police-officer “speaking out”. Nick Dial provides clear examples to illustrate his case […]

AUSTRALIA – Victoria Police officers plan to turn backs on Brumby Labor government at next election (2009-11-30)

Posted on November 30 2009 by admin

Labor Party gets little support from police, partly … “The officers have called for police numbers to be boosted, stun guns to be issued to all police, and the OPI to be replaced by a broad anti-corruption body.”

NETHERLANDS – Amnesty International: U.S. Exports Insanity — Dutch Police to Get Tasers (2009-03-27)

Posted on March 27 2009 by admin

Opinion by Amnesty International on the site www.opposingviews.com Today, Holland starts a one-year trial of arming police with Tasers. This sounds like a familiar story, but here’s the twist: The Dutch police don’t want the them. According to Dutch Public TV, the Federal Police issued a statement documenting their objections to using a weapon so […]

SWEDEN – The union wants stun guns – but the National Police says no (2009-01-26)

Posted on January 26 2009 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : (This is a translation) The issue of tasers arises almost every time someone is shot. The Police Federation chairman has spoke out again and he wanted police to have stun guns. But the head of the National Police Board. The Board is no longer trying to introduce tasers: US research has […]

UK – Watchdog blocks Government’s plans to issue 10,000 Taser stun guns to police – London Metroplitan Police say No (2008-11-25)

Posted on November 25 2008 by admin

By Daily Mail Reporter … Jacqui Smith’s plans to issue police with 10,000 new Taser stun guns backfired last night as it emerged that Scotland Yard will not be rolling them out because they could cause ‘fear’ and ‘damage public confidence’. The Metropolitan Police Authority, which oversees the Met Police, said it has ‘no intention […]

CANADA / QUEBEC – Radio-Canada – Le pistolet à impulsion électrique (2008-11-28)

Posted on November 12 2008 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A translation into French of information on the CBC site: cpvers many issues: the nature of the shocks, deaths following tasering, Amnesty International’s position, Senior RCMP hesitations, statistics on taser availability to the police. etc. Good for French-only readers, but the same information, more updated, is available in English]] * Qu’est-ce que […]

UK – Police raids, arrests shake up London (2005-07-29)

Posted on July 29 2005 by admin

[[GlobalShock: ” … In highly unusual public criticism of another force, London police chief Ian Blair condemned the use of a high-voltage stun gun by officers in Birmingham to subdue Hassan Omar. I’ll be honest, we don’t understand how they could possibly,” Blair said on BBC television late on Thursday when asked why the taser […]