Archive for the 'Police culture' Category

CANADA – Ontario: Roke inquest recommends Ottawa police Tasers, better training in mental health issues (2014-05-09)

Posted on May 9 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Matthew Roke, 33, who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia, died in May 2012 after he was shot by Ontario Provincial Police when he confronted them with a knife. The jury recommended that Tasers be available in all interactions between police and people armed with weapons other than firearms. More attention should be […]

UK – London: Taser use should be ‘a last resort’ (2013-10-15)

Posted on October 16 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The user of Tasers by the Metropolitan Police Service (M’PS – London Police) needs to be ‘very closely monitored’ and ‘a last resort’, a report, issued the London Police and Crime Committee has said today. The 2012 decision to nearly triple the number of MPS officers trained to use Taser and […]

CANADA – Protesters fight plan to expand Taser use by Toronto police (2013-09-24)

Posted on September 24 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Dozens packed council chambers at City Hall on Tuesday night to argue against the expanded police use of Tasers on Toronto streets. In 2012, there were 255 use-of-force incidents in which a Taser was used by a Toronto police officer. In more than half of those cases, the weapon was simply […]

CANADA – Toronto Police chief backs expanded use of tasers (2013-09-12)

Posted on September 13 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Shot then tasered. The officer who on July 27 tasered Sammy Yatim, the Toronto teenager who had been shot multiple times on a streetcar has not been suspended, although he may still face charges. The Toronto Police Chief strongly supports expanded taser use – particularly for first responders confronting crisis situations. […]

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 […]

USA – Naked Man Tasered Outside Of Chicago Music Festival After Putting Rear Through Car Windshield (2013-09-01)

Posted on September 1 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Tasering people naked in public is OK, it seems: an appropriate hand-off technique. When police arrived they found a 22-year-old Massachusetts man naked, sitting in a puddle of water. They were responding to a report of a naked man who broke a windshield, and of a naked man jumping on top […]

BRAZIL – Apesar de críticas, PM fez curso para controlar massas antes de atos no RJ [Despite criticism, Rio military police are still learning how to control demonstrators – including the use of tasers] (2013-08-27)

Posted on August 27 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : (Edited translation from Portuguese; the original text appears below the translation, in italics. A long post. The Rio de Janerio military police are undergoing $7.7 million training in non-lerthal weapons in preparation for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, particularly “Crowd Control and Civil Disorders”, taught by Spanish officers, including tasers – […]

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 […]

CANADA – Ontario to expand police access to tasers (2013-08-27)

Posted on August 27 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Until now, Ontario has restricted tasers to a select few supervising and specialized officers, Now all front-line officers in the province will be permitted to carry tasers if their forces so choose. Thgis is just a month after the fatal shooting – then tasering – of Sammy Yatim. The changes in […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 – 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 […]

USA – Guns Sales Soar in US as Nation Weighs Tougher Limits [Nothing here directly about tasers] (2012-01-12)

Posted on January 12 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: There is nothing here about tasers, but a clear insight into American “gun culture”, the backdrop in which tasers have become normalized in the USA. The Obama administration’s project of curbing gun violence has led to … masses rushing to expand their arsenals in advance of any restrictions that might be imposed. […]

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 […]

USA – Allegheny, Pennsylvania: Video Surfaces Of Police Using Taser on Handcuffed Suspect (2013-01-7)

Posted on January 7 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Tasered while handcuffed – and in psychiatric distress. 27-year-old Thomas J. Smith, of Millvale, is handcuffed and sitting on the floor, inside a Police Station. He’s seen in a video at this site first striking his head repeatedly and then moments later, while still handcuffed, a police officer is seen using a […]