Archive for the 'Police hesitation to use taser' Category

NETHERLANDS – Minister wil taser voor alle agenten [Minister wants taser for all police] (2012-09-29)

Posted on January 29 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : (This is an edited google-translation; the original Dutch text is below, in italics.) All police officers should be equipped with a pulse weapon. According to Minister Ivo Opstelten (Security), members of special squads positive experiences with the so-called taser was positive. Yet the Dutch Police Union previously expressed doubts about the […]

UK – London Police: Response to YouTube footage of Taser (2011-12-27)

Posted on December 27 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : In an official statement, London Metropolitan Police denydischarging the taser in the crowded 26 December murder of an 18-year-old man in Oxford Street in what appears a gang slaying. This is contradicted by the distinct rattle-snake sound audible on the Daily Mail video posted earlier. That sound can only be the […]

USA – New Report Details Eugene, Oregon, Police Department Accomplishments and Challenges [Taser use substantially down] (2011-05-23)

Posted on May 24 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Eugene, Oregon is working seriously to improve relations with the ublic, part of this involving reduced taser usage: “Last year EPD used a taser 20 times — much less than the previous year — and extremely low compared to other cities across the U.S.”]], by Jessica Debbas EUGENE, Ore. — Eugene’s […]

CANADA / QUEBEC – Le Taser deux fois moins utilisé qu’en 2007 à Québec [Quebec City police using taser 50% less often than in 2007] (2011-05-17)

Posted on May 22 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Quebec City police report taser use is down 50% – from 16 times a years to 8 – since 2007, when Claudio Castagnetta died following the use of the taser – as a result of the media coverage of this case, according to a police spokesperson. Anyone receiving a discharge now automatically […]

SOUTH KOREA – Police encouraged to use firearms [including tasers] in emergencies (2011-05-09

Posted on May 10 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Korean police-chief is arguing “Have taser, Should use!” “‘One needs to be bold enough to use the weapons,’ Cho has reportedly said. He ordered police officers to always carry the gun, even in the office … promising exemption from punishment and support them if they are sued by citizens” ]] Korea Herald, […]

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 […]

MALAYSIA – ‘Amok fought back’ (2011-04-19)

Posted on April 19 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: This is one of the rare reported uses of the taser by Malaysian police, who have it in their arsenal. It would appear to be a “last resort” – except the presence of a crowd that clearly frightened the psychiatrically- disturbed man and made him afraid to surrender to the police. In […]

AUSTRALIA – Bunbury Police favour batons over tasers (2011-03-20)

Posted on March 20 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The title is a bit deceptive, since the taser is still used in this town (pop. 32,000) 175 km south of Perth in Western Australia. But “less than once a month”. “Bunbury officer in charge Brett Cassidy said there were numerous tactical options to control a situation – including using their physical […]