Archive for the 'Police under stress' Category

CANADA / QUEBEC – Coroner: ‘The Montreal police should have increased access to stun guns’ (2012-12-05)

Posted on December 5 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: As critics are increasingly demanding greater transparency in police use of force, the coroner of a double police-shooting (both the suspect and an innocent bystander were killed) calls for increased police access to tasers. Absurdly, the coroner says: “Let’s face the facts that in this case a Taser gun would have done […]

UK – Lincolnshire: “I just flipped my lid”: Frail pensioner tasered by cops after stabbing her Alzheimer’s husband 17 times (2012-05-21)

Posted on May 21 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT: Using the taser in a complex domestic conflict situation – Could/should the police have intervened differently? What would they have done if no tasers were available? AN elderly woman, Florence Thomson, 79, was tasered twice by frightened police officers after she had attacked Alzheimer’s sufferer Keith in his bedroom at their home. […]

USA – Washington DC: Supreme Court declines to hear Taser case [of police officer who mistook his gun for a taser] (2011-12-07)

Posted on December 7 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Note this case before the US Supreme Court was about a specific issue: an officer who shot an unarmed suspect (non-fatally) with his .40-caliber Glock firmearm , mistaking this for his taser: Frederick Henry was shot in the elbow, fleeing from the police because he had failed to pay child support. Should […]

AUSTRALIA – Police response [to Adam Salter in crisis] an utter failure, coroner finds (2011-10-14)

Posted on October 14 2011 by admin

 [[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Adam Salter was shot and killed in the kitchen of his Lakemba home in November 2009 after police responded to a call that the 36-year-old was stabbing himself with a knife. But the inquest into Mr Salter’s death learnt that Sergeant Bissett shouted “Taser, Taser, Taser” before firing her gun, and […]

USA – Montpelier, Vermont: “Everyone safer if police have Tasers” (2011-09-21)

Posted on September 21 2011 by admin

In my past, I was a cop back before Tasers were available. I went to a police academy where we were taught to use three options to subdue suspects: gun that we were told not to use unless we intended to shoot to kill; baton that we were told was effective only if you hit […]

UK – Riot police to change tactics after Birmingham looting (2011-09-08)

Posted on September 8 2011 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS :New tactics are being developed by West Midlands Police to deal with public disorder after the emergence of large-scale looting in the Birmingham riots. This includes arrest training and the wider use of Taser guns. ]] Insp John Pickard said police would reflect on feedback New tactics are being developed by […]

USA – Springfield, Illinois: “My night on patrol with the Springfield police” [a police officer who respects people in custody] (2011-04-28)

Posted on April 30 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: This post shows that the stereotype of the US police officer as “gun-toting” is not always true: Officer “Jones attributes the respect he receives from arrested suspects as to “having ‘the gift of gab,’ and says that he has never used his taser or Glock-22 handgun during a call in 12 years […]

CANADA – Calgary Cop who used Taser on senior feared for his safety (2011-04-27)

Posted on April 27 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: “Const. Daryn Swanson said he made several attempts to subdue Aitchley Ferguson, aged 74, on April 17, 2009, but the suspect continued to resist him… The constable told his provincial court trial Ferguson created a hazard by refusing to remain in his car, leaving the officer to fear he was in danger, […]

NEW ZEALAND – Police minister Collins calls for police discretion in taser use (2011-04-07)

Posted on April 7 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: “New Zealand Police Minister Judith Collins says police officers should have more discretion on using the taser in volatile situations, even if a threat has not presented itself”. i.e. preventative use of tasers in potentially escalating situations. This is to back up the police commissioner’s request for “a taser in every patrol […]

USA – “Why Police Officers Get Taser Training Before They Use Them.” (2011-03-25)

Posted on March 25 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Author, Jack Krohn, owns ” Security Solutions””, an Internet business specializing in self-defense products such as stun guns. In this ezine article he presents the argument for training the police in using tasers for self defense. He repeats the TASER Inc. mantra: “It has been proven time and time again to be […]

AUSTRALIA – Inquest Enquiry told “Trigger memory can be faulty” (2011-03-23)

Posted on March 23 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Richard Wyant, Board Member, TASER Master Instructor, and Certified TASER Armorer and a key member of the US “Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners” – hardly an impartial expert and no expert on the psychology of memory- “giving video testimony from Baltimore, Maryland, said it was not uncommon for a police […]

NEW ZEALAND – Policeman tasers man under hail of missiles (2011-03-17)

Posted on March 17 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Following an argument, a London-region police officer tasers a suspect and … “ it appears the tasers generated a violent reaction … “As one of the men attempted to attack the officer he discharged the taser. He then took shelter in his patrol car – as the other men threw various missiles […]

USA – Southern Utah: The Need for Crisis Intervention Training (2012-02-22)

Posted on March 4 2011 by admin

[[GlobalShock: An excellent shgort article, from the police perspective, on the need for Crisis Intervention Training (CIT): “Brian Cardall suffered from a mental-health disorder in 2009 and died after being hit with a Taser multiple times. He had stopped his car outside Hurricane and had run naked into the middle of state Route 59. He […]

USA – Communication difficulties with emotionally disturbed people (2007-08-23)

Posted on February 16 2011 by admin

[[GlobalShock: This relatively brief article – ironically published in an online magazine that otherwise consistently defends the TASER discourse  – it may even have been created by the corporation – should be required reading for all police patrol-officers, members of Public Safety Commissions overseeing policing, critics and defenders of tasers. It gives a clear answer […]

AUSTRALIA – Perth – Editorial: Frontline concerns can’t be ignored (2011-01-22)

Posted on January 22 2011 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS:  An editorial mentions but does not provide the results of a Sunday Times survey answered by 625 rank-and-file members of the Western Australia Police, including their views on taser guns. Answers were anonymous.Unfortunately this report does not give their attitudes to tasers.]] Sunday Times … They certainly don’t do it for […]