Archive for the 'Police demanding more tasers' Category

USA – Assault on Berkeley, California police officer renews calls to issue Tasers (2014-04-08)

Posted on April 8 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Berkeley and San Francisco remain the two cities in the Bay area without police tasers. When a Berkeley police-officer is attacked by an assailant, Berkeley Police Association says it’s time to introduce tasers. Nine-member Berkeley Police Commission appears divided on this issue.]], by Allie Rasmus An attack that left Berkeley 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 […]

CANADA -Chief Bill Blair asks for $386,000 to boost Toronto’s Taser arsenal by one-third (2013-11-04)

Posted on November 4 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Toronto Police are asking to put 184 more tasers (there are currently 517 ), costing $386,000, on the streets, but the oversight board is wary following public reaction in August following the Sammy Yatim shooting – he was tasered while dying from firearm bullets). This will increase the taser arsenal by […]

INDIA – Delhi police imports stun guns to stop errant bikers (2013-10-26)

Posted on October 26 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Following the accidental deaths while trying to control stunt bikers a few months back, Delhi police, following Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab police, are asking for tasers. Delhi police has ordered half dozen stun guns from the USA especially to control bikers in New Delhi district. In a cavalier way, police officials […]

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 – Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario: ‘Who’ll watch police use of Tasers’: Mick (2013-08-31)

Posted on August 31 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Need for policing the police use of tasers. Ontario’s Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Service announced on Aug. 27 that it will allow police services to decide what officers can carry conducted energy weapons. Remembering Robert Dziekanski’s death, a city councillor wants controls in place to ensure how Sault Ste. […]

CANADA – Toronto: Experts warn of Taser abuse (2013-08-28)

Posted on August 28 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : As province relaxes stun gun rules, police accused of putting too much faith in high-tech weaponry. Canadian Civil Liberties Association, criminologists, and mental health advocates are raising concerns about the Ontario government’s decision to allow frontline police officers to carry Tasers, warning that the powerful energy weapons could be over-used by […]

CANADA – Ontario: Expanded taser use called ‘knee-jerk reaction’ to controversial Toronto streetcar shooting (2013-08-27)

Posted on August 27 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : There are fears that tasers will be used instead of non-violent de-escalation techniques, stoking concern the province’s rules governing their use are too broad. The rollout follows years of reviewing medical literature and consulting with police. The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is concerned. The taser contributed to the death of Aron […]

SWITZERLAND – La police zurichoise renforce son équipement en tasers [Zurich Police getting more tasers] (2013-08-25)

Posted on August 25 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The Zurich cantonal police will have greater access to tasers (130 officers are trained, 430 more are to be trained). They’ve had tasers and, says a spokesperson: “In many cases the taser has replaced a firearm”, the taser being used 5 or 10 times a year only, mostly against suspects holding […]

CANADA – Nelson, British Columbia: Nelson council hears from police on Tasers (2013-06-19)

Posted on June 20 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Since the 2007 death of Robert Dziekanski, Police went without Tasers for five years while a provincial inquiry considered the safety of their use. Then this past April they brought them back because the inquiry had determined they were safe to use, albeit with added precautions. “The Taser is not lethal […]

NEW ZEALAND – Editorial: Taser use shows policy working (2012-10-24)

Posted on October 24 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Bay of Plenty – New Zealand North Island, pop. 250,000 – police are asking for a taser in every patrol car. hocks are discharged only about 7% of times it is discplayed – seemingly the opposite to North America. : last year, Bay police drew Tasers on 56 occasions and of these […]

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 – Portland, Oregon police officials were repeatedly warned about Taser use before federal inquiry (2012-09-19)

Posted on September 19 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: For the past three years, outside consultants, Portland’s city auditor, federal juries and a citizens’ oversight panel have sent the same message to Portland police: rein in officers’ use of the Taser stun gun and limit the cycles of electrical shock that officers can fire. All to no avail: Instead, the chief […]

USA – Out of Pandora’s Box: Taser Nation (2012-09-19)

Posted on September 19 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: legal, nonlethal Tasings are bad even if critics focus on deaths …They make for more pain and danger and fear in the world, and it’s all our own fault. The law-and-order crowd love them, of course; Tasers hurt people terribly and invite sadistic abuse. Tasing causes hideous pain, pain that rises to […]

UK – Give all police Taser guns to quell riots, Police Federation says (2012-05-16)

Posted on May 16 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT : All English police officers should have access to Taser stun guns to quell future riots, a senior police officer union’s spokesman has said, as part of a £111 million shopping list of weaponry and armour including water cannon, which he said was needed to maintain public order and avoid a repeat […]

AUSTRALIA – Tasmania: Stun guns ‘not needed’ here (2012-03-12)

Posted on March 12 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Unlike most of the other states in Australia, Tasmania has not provided its police with tasers, despite the Tasmania’s Police Association’s repeated call for the weapons to be approved. “As far as we’re concerned, every other jurisdiction in Australia and the world has them,” Police Association acting president Robbie Dunn said yesterday […]

UK – Police Taser use soars by 130% (2011-12-02)

Posted on December 2 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS: UK police are turning increasingly to the tase: The use of Tasers by police has increased by an average of 130%. In 40 of the 43 forces in England and Wales reported to a survey, two-thirds of them had fired the weapon “significantly more” last year compared to the year before. Meanwhile London […]

UK – London: Give all my police Tasers, says Metropolitan police chief (2011-11-23)

Posted on November 23 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS: Following the riots of the summer and demands from some for “tougher policing”, the new Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Bernard Hogan-Howe, called for officers to be routinely issued with Tasers to enable them to combat outbreaks of violence: “I want to see wide availability of Taser. What we need to make sure is that […]

UK – Amnesty criticises Met police’s Taser expansion plans (2011-11-22)

Posted on November 22 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS: Amnesty International has criticised plans being considered by the London Metropolitan Police – Britain’s biggest police force – for an increase in the number of Tasers it issues to officers. Amnesty International says: “Given that these are potentially lethal weapons, which should only be used in serious, life-threatening circumstances and by the highest […]

USA – San Francisco police no closer to wielding Tasers (2011-11-16)

Posted on October 16 2011 by admin

 [[SUMMARY / COMMENTS San Francisco police officials have been pushing for officers to be equipped with Tasers, arguing that the devices would have prevented recent officer-involved shootings. But whereas there once wasn’t the political will to arm San Francisco cops with Tasers, the major obstacle now is budget cutbacks. Opponents have argued the weapons — which deliver […]