Archive for the 'Police not obeying limitations' Category

UK – Police wield Tasers against children 140 times in a year despite threat of fatal health problems if they are shocked by devices (2012-12-23)

Posted on December 23 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: UK Police deploy Tasers against children more than 140 times a year, figures show., despite official guidelines warn of potentially fatal health problems if youths are hit . At least detailed statiostics are available in the UK – unlike North America. Overall, the devices were used in almost 4,500 confrontations last year […]

USA – Las Vegas, Nevada – $295,000 settlement proposed for death in 2004 arrest (2012-12-12)

Posted on December 12 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Another case of tasered > died, but not because of being tasered – his death was “excusable”!. Keith Tucker, 47, died in 2004 after officers responded to a call from his roommate that Tucker was acting erratically. He was handcuffed and on his stomach when officers stunned him with a Taser. The […]

USA – Details revealed in Ohio man’s Taser-related death (2012-12-08)

Posted on December 8 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Surely the taser was the cause of death here? 39-year-old Doug Boucher, who had a bipolar disorder, was combative with the police and died after he was shocked 7 times by a Taser. Five of these discharges were against Mr Boucher after he was lying motrionless, face-down on the ground. He died […]

UK – Taser: Amnesty International concern at differing Welsh police use (2012-12-07)

Posted on December 7 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: From an analysis of Welsh taser-use statistics, Amnesty International concludes that the probability of being tasered depends on where you live, as police are applying the rules differently in different police districts. The training is the same, but the rules of interpretation vary between forces. In 2011, North Wales had a lower […]

UK – Wales: Defnydd ‘anghyson’ o ynnau Taser ymhlith heddluoedd [‘Inconsistent’ Taser gun use between police forces] (2012-12-07)

Posted on December 7 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A BBC report in Welsh (Gaelic) – see Google-translation into English in italics below the Welsh text: it is surprisingly good! – asks why taser use in the Welsh county of Gwent is much higher than in other regions. Rules are clearly being interpreted differently, and a Welsh MP says: “They [the […]

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 […]

USA – Chickasaw County, Iowa settles Taser lawsuit [for $150,000] (2012-11-14)

Posted on November 14 2012 by admin

 [[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Police officer claims he lacked adequate training – but this argument was rejected by the judge. Justin Shekleton, 33, said he fell and struck his head when he was tasered by a deputy, after he shifted his weight while talking with the sheriff’s deputy in September 2008. Chickasaw County has settled a […]

FRANCE -Tasers : le Défenseur des droits réclame des sanctions [ The human rights advocate calls for sanctions against TASER (France) (2012-05-12)

Posted on May 12 2012 by admin

Dominique Baudis, le Défenseur des droits, saisi par plusieurs parlementaires, a demandé jeudi au ministère de l’Intérieur d’engager des «poursuites disciplinaires» à l’encontre de deux policiers responsables de la mort par Taser (pistolet à impulsions électriques) d’un Malien sans papier en 2010. Selon Dominique Baudis, deux policiers avaient fait «un usage abusif» de leurs Tasers […]

CANADA – Toronto: Police who lie: For hollering at police, a man was beaten and Tasered (2012-04-28)

Posted on April 28 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Judge awards $70,000 to a victim of police abusive use of taser in 2009. Police used a taser to subdue a man who allegedly shouted at them from his Jeep. A judge now decides the police-officers’ testimony were “not forthright,” “evasive for self-serving reasons,” and finally “Their testimony was . . . […]

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; […]

2012-02-15 – USA – Stricter limits urged as deaths following police Taser use reach 500 (2012-02-15)

Posted on February 15 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Amnesty International now recognizes at least 500 deaths since 2001, after being shocked with Tasers either during their arrest or while in jail. “Of the hundreds who have died following police use of Tasers in the USA, dozens and possibly scores of deaths can be traced to unnecessary force being used” , […]

CANADA / QUEBEC – Two Montreal officers suspended following taser death (2012-02-14)

Posted on February 14 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Is this justice? How are police sanctioned if they kill with the taser and are found to have acted out-of-regulations? Quilem Registre died when tasered six times …; The Montreal police (SPVM)  ethics committee – police judging police – has ordered Montreal City Constable Yannick Bordeleau to be suspended for 20 days […]

CANADA / QUEBEC: Comité de déontologie policière de Montréal: Sanctions contre les deux officiers qui ont participé dans les évennement qui précédaient la mort de Quileme Registre [Montreal Police Ethics Committee – Sanctions imposed on officers for misconduct during 2007 tasering of Quilem Registre] (2012-01-24)

Posted on January 24 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : This is the report of the Montreal Erhic Committee (in French only). After finding the two officers involved in the multiple tasering of Quilem Registre guilty of breaches of the Montreal Police Code of Ethics, the Ethics Commission hands down its sentence: 5 days loss of pay for one officer who […]

UK – Young disabled Pakistani man tasered & assaulted by police on New Year’s Eve in Staffordshire (2012-01-06)

Posted on January 6 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Pakistani Aslam was stopped by the police on New Year’s Eve after leaving a petrol station on the M6 without paying for £20 worth of petrol. During this, despite being disabled and being in a wheelchair he was attacked by a number of officers with batons/koshes and tasered and was subsequently denied […]

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 – Doubts surface as Chicago police sharply increase Taser use: Electroshock weapons fired more frequently by city, suburban cops (2012-01-01)

Posted on January 1 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Chicago police were deploying tasers at a rate of more than twice a day in 2011; taser use has jumped fivefold in the city since 2008. The author of an official National Justice Dept. report says: “”It’s a wonderful tool, when used properly. But they’ve just got to be used judiciously, […]

USA – Richmond, California, to pay $1.5M in suit over police killing (2011-11-23)

Posted on November 23 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS: A large settlement following an extreme case of police brutality, with tasers at front and centre. Uriah Dach, 26, died on April 22, 2008. He as was “out of control” and “highly agitated”. Four officers used pepper spray, shock weapons and batons to subdue him, administering Taser shock for 72 seconds straight, followed […]

USA – Lubbock, Texas: City appeals decision to reduce officer’s suspension (2011-11-22)

Posted on November 22 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS: Do the police even understand the regulations about the use of tasers? Is this just a “bad cop” story? At issue: is it OK for police to approach suspects with taser and handgun drawn at the same time? Are such encounters to become a post-modern shootout at the O.K.Corral? Could this only happen […]

AUSTRALIA – ‘More reviews’ needed to stop Taser misuse [says New South Wales ombudsman] (2011-11-19)

Posted on November 19 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS: WA Police should review every unholstering of a Taser as the only means of safeguarding against “extraordinary misuse” of the weapon, the NSW Ombudsman said today. The advice came following Western Australia Police unconstestbaly using Tasers to make people obey orders in recent years, rather than as the alternative to firearms they were […]