Archive for the 'Police insensitivity' Category

USA – Mississippi Police use Taser to subdue mother of middle school student who died after fight (2014-03-17)

Posted on March 17 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Police on Monday used a Taser to subdue Lakenisa Nobles, the mother of a 12-year-old boy who died a day after being involved in a fight at Magnolia Middle School on March 6. She was charged with resisting arrest.]] Sun-Herald, by Margaret Baker Officers say Nobles, mother of Lorel, resisted arrest MOSS […]

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 – Salt Lake City, Utah Police use Taser gun on mentally challenged man – twice (2012-12-04)

Posted on December 4 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Salt Lake police are being accused of tasering a mentally challenged man twice and booting the man out onto the street alone. Hisd family says he was “ abused, frightened and humiliated.” Michael Grant is a paranoid schizophrenic, who’s 85% deaf, with impaired vision, and a low I.Q. Elms said last month […]

AUSTRALIA – Human Rights Law Centre: “Police are too quick to draw their Tasers” (2012-11-15)

Posted on November 15 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Following two coroner’s reports on deaths following tasering, a leading figure in the Human Rights Law Centre argues for the urgent need for more rigorous police training and more stringent regulatio In the report on Brazilian student Roberto Curti, the coroner likened the police to “schoolboys in Lord of the Flies” and […]

AUSTRALIA – CCC [Corruption and Crime Commission] slammed for inaction on tasered man Kevin Spratt (2012-11-15)

Posted on November 15 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Western Australia’s Corruption and Crime Commission (CCC) has been lambasted by a parliamentary committee for being slow to launch its investigation into police who tasered Kevin Spratt at least 12 times in August 2008.]] Herald-Sun WA’s Corruption and Crime Commission (CCC) has been lambasted by a parliamentary committee for being slow to […]

UK – Campaigners raise concerns over increased police Taser use (2012-10-21)

Posted on October 22 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Taser use in England rose by 45% in 2011 and the numbers are expected to continue to increase. Mistaken deployment of Taser on a Lancashire blind man – mistaking his blind-stick for a taser – and other incidents spark calls for more police control and restraint. A few weeks earlier, James McCarthy, […]

USA – Portland, Oregon police must fix the Taser problem — and learn to deal with mentally ill (2012-09-20)

Posted on September 20 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: SEE ACCOMPANYING ARTICLE – Editorial severely critiiczing the police use of tasers: Portland police still do not know how to handle themselves in the company of mentally ill citizens, more and more of whom go without social services and cross paths with law enforcement. Justice Department dryly concluded: “On balance, the intrusion […]

USA – Tacoma, Washington: Innocent Deaf Woman Tasered By Police (2012-08-23)

Posted on August 23 2012 by admin

[[Summary / Comments :  A clear case of taser abuse – a deaf victim of violence is tasered by insensitive police, whom she’s called for assistance. assistance. On April 6th, Lashonn White, a deaf woman, made a desperate call to the police from her home in Tacoma, Washington. With the help of her interpreter, White reached […]

USA – North Carolina Family Claims Excessive Force After Teen Tasered (2012-05-21)

Posted on May 21 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT: 16 year old Moesha Carson’s hands and feet were cuffed at the time she was tasered for resisting arrest outside a county courtroom for roughly seven minutes. Her mother says this was excessive force. The Police say: “I’m sure there could of been another technique used,” said Francis. “But this particular technique […]

UK – Lincolnshire Police taser Alzheimer’s patient (2012-05-17)

Posted on May 17 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT : Alzheimer’s sufferer, Peter Russel From Epworth, Lincolnshire UK, was shot with a Taser weapon several times because he refused to go into care. He ripped the barbed darts out and three officers restrained him until three more officers arrived. An Alzheimer’s Society spokesperson said “The Alzheimer’s Society is very alarmed at […]

FRANCE – French minorities accuse state of racial profiling (2012-04-11)

Posted on April 11 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT: Fox News reports French police are accused of racial profiling in their widespread practice of abusive identity checks in a lawsuit with 1/5 complainants – including humiliating public body pat downs, insults and even threats because of the way they look. A 32-tear-old black man says: they “put me in front of […]

ANALYSIS / USA : Poughkeepsie, N.Y. : Neswpaper conducts detailed analysis of taser use (2012-02-20)

Posted on February 20 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A series of four carefully-researched articles in the Poughkeepsie Journal based on data – 467 Taser use reports from 19 local police agencies – obtained through the Freedom of Information Law shows systematic taser abuse by police officers: (1) Blacks are targeted much more often than their numbers in communities would predict; […]

USA – Florida: Fallout Continues After Police Officer Beats Elderly Man Suffering From Dementia [Video] (2012-01-22)

Posted on January 22 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A police officer in Florida are facing some serious charges after he beat and then had a fellow officer taser a 66-year-old elderly man suffering from dementia. This is caught on video. First police kicked and punched, then tasered the clearly disturbed man. Police turned off the their car’s video. The police […]

USA / CANADA – PoliceOne: “TASER alarmists call devices ‘urban terrorism'” (2012-01-20)

Posted on January 20 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : PoliceOne picks up ont the TASER Inc. reaction to a news story (not really news) that sensationalizes the findings of a Canadian sociological researcher who “relied on media coverage of the deaths to argue TASERs represent a “teething new urban terrorism” that targets Canadian society’s “hapless,””, Tha ‘National Post’ had comepletely […]

USA – Cleveland, Ohio: Exclusive: Attorney Says Officers’ Use of Taser was ‘Torturous’ (2012-01-04)

Posted on January 4 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Aaron Hayward’s lawyer charges that the Cleveland police conducted a racially motivated, illegal home invasion during the early morning hours of January 23, 2011. They broke down the front door of the Hayward family home using the butt of a shotgun. 39-year-old Aaron Hayward was tased 5 or 6 times in […]

USA – Is There ANY Reason Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office Detention Officers Needed to Use a Taser On Marty Atencio? (2011-12-27)

Posted on December 27 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : One of the ugliest taser killings caught on film. Eight (!) Mariposa County Police brutally smash and taser a mentally disturbed Latino veteran in police custody, while others look on. Little wonder that this case is making headlines and many are calling for the police-chief’s resignation. Other cases of police abuse […]

USA – New Orleans: ACLU Takes Aim At Police Use Of Tasers : Lawsuit Claims Tourist Suffered Long-Term Injuries (2011-12-22)

Posted on December 22 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The American CIvil Liberties Union (ACLU)  calls tasers “dangerous weapons that can inflict serious, even fatal injury.” This case involves Geoffrey Clayton who was suffering an episode brought on by post-traumatic stress disorder after being in the U.S. military. According to a federal lawsuit, an New Orleans police officer stunned him […]

USA – Allentown, Pennsylvania, police officer Tasers 14-year-old girl [caught on security video] (2011-12-15)

Posted on December 12 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : An edited surveillance video of a police officer firing a Taser at a 14-year-old girl has been released as part of evidence for a federal lawsuit filed against the officer and the city of Allentown. She gets into a struggle with the police officer who than tasers her. She is later […]

USA- Utah: State settles taser lawsuit [$40,000 for tasering following minor traffic violation] (2011-11-24)

Posted on November 23 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS: A “bad cop” faces 31 cases of abusive conduct. The State of Utah has now settled a taser lawsuit against controversial Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Lisa Steed (female). While not admitting guilt, the state paid a significant amount Ryan Jones, whom Steed tasered while he was sitting in his car in March 2009. […]

USA – North Carolina Probes Death Of 61-Year-Old Bicyclist Tased By Police (2011-11-23)

Posted on November 23 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS: A clear case of the taser as an invitation for abuse and as a weapon of choice: Bystander calls police to say a man seemingly drunk had fallen off his bike; police arrive, see him cycling and pursue him with sirens blaring, yelling to stop. He doesn’t, and appears (to the police) to […]