Archive for the 'Police refused access to tasers' Category

SWITZERLAND – Pas de taser pour la police valaisanne [No tasers the Valais cantonal police] (2014-05-08)

Posted on May 8 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: a brief article: Valais is a canton in southern Switzerland (pop. 320,000): its parliament has just voted – by 52-51 – NOT to provide cantonal police with tasers. Opponents pointed to its potential dangers.]] Le Nouvelliste Le Parlement valaisan refuse de justesse que les policiers du canton soient équipés de pistolets à […]

USA – Berkeley, California approves Taser study (2014-05-06)

Posted on May 6 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Berkeley continues to hold out against the pressure of the police to adopt tasers, agreeing to authorize a study on Tasers and whether police should be equipped with the devices. “There’s plenty of reports out there and there’s lots of credible evidence that show that Tasers are sometimes a lethal weapon,” said […]

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 […]

USA – Five Texas Police Departments Ban Tasers (2013-09-26)

Posted on September 26 2013 by admin

[[TASER International never, of course, mentions law-enforcement departments that have decided to stop using tasers. This is what has happened in five police departments in North Texas — Mansfield, Richland Hills, Crowley, Murphy and Burleson — which announced they had removed Taser guns from the list of equipment used by officers. The police won’t say […]

USA – San Francisco State University police get Tasers (2013-09-24)

Posted on September 24 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : San Francisco Police Department still has no Tasers. This doesn’t mean all the cops in San Francisco are not accessing them. San Francisco State University Police Department will soon arm its officers with tasers, along with other California State University campuses, saying the administration is “deeply committed to protecting the safety […]

SWEDEN – Svenska poliser vill beväpna sig med elpistol – men får nej från RPS [Swedish police union want to arm themselves with tasers – but gets no support from the National Police Board] (2013-05-17)

Posted on May 17 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : (This is an edited google-translation; the original Swedish text is below, in italics. The Police Union wants Swedish police officers be armed with the stun gun.) But the National Police Federation (RPS) says a straight no. This is reported in the Police Gazette. “Our goal is that always try to resolve […]

USA – Warren, Michigan Police Department drops Tasers after shocking letter from manufacturer (2010-06-10)

Posted on June 10 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT: An important admission that the life-cycle of tasers is, according to the manufacturer, 5 years. In other words, the majority of tasers in use in North America are quite possibly past the recommended “deployment lifecycle”. The Warren Police Department recently discontinued use of the stun guns, after finding that in 23% of […]

AUSTRALIA – Tasmania: Pressure grows for no new taser gun upgrade: Concern Over Lack of Health & Injury Research (2012-03-29)

Posted on March 29 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT : A Green Party press release Paul ‘Basil’ O’Halloran MP, Greens Police spokesperson called on the Tasmaniam government not to introduce tasers guns until further research has been conducted into their potential health and injury risks, in light of the death of a civilian in New South Wales. “There is growing community […]

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 […]

EUROPEAN UNION / GUERNSEY – Guernsey Police allowed to import Tasers [despite EU ban on torture-weapon exports] (2012-02-09)

Posted on February 9 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS. Guernsey (and Jersey) have a special status (primarily as tax-havens) and are not members of the European Union, so the EU-wide ban on exporting “torture weapons” to countries outside the EU applied. Note, the taser is in this class of weapons. The UK government is passing new legislation to get around the […]

USA – Tasers reissued to Charlotte, North Carolina, cops after six months (2012-01-25)

Posted on January 25 2012 by admin

WBTV, by Ron Lee [[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Tasers were withdrawn (without any known announcement ) from the Charlotte police for six months of checking, inspecting and reissuing, after the death of Lareko Williams in a sexual violence scenario: he ran away, the police tasered him, he died. The new taser X2 arsenal – a double-barreled […]

USA – Rockford, Michigan, Police get ready to carry Tasers again (2012-01-20)

Posted on January 20 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Following two controversial taser-related deaths, the city of Rockford (pop.c.150,000) police withdrew – unannounced, of course – its use of tasers. Concern was increased by the manufacturers’s warning of cardiac arrest following use of the taser. So, nothing changed, except getting the TASER Inc. message: “”We sent some of our training staff […]

USA – Montpelier, Vermont: Police chief withdraws his request that the Montpelier Police Department carry tasers [No title in original press release] (2011-11-18)

Posted on November 18 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS : An important “No!” to tasers from Montpelier City Hall – the Vermont State capital. On 17 November 2011, Chief Anthony Facos asked to withdraw his request that the Montpelier Police Department carry tasers and asked that the City Council discontinue any additional hearings or discussion on the issue. Following a report by […]

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 […]

USA – Stallings, North Carolina, ends Taser use by its officers [fear of liability claims] (2011-04-11)

Posted on May 3 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Stallings (pop. 3200) “decides devices are too risky, but neighboring Monroe chooses to let officers use them… Citing liability concerns, Stallings abandoned the weapons early this year.” TASER Inc.’s Steve Tuttle “dismissed liability concerns: ‘That’s the last thing we have trouble with.’” A councillor points out he “had seen too many instances […]

USA – Town of Stallings, North Carolina, ends Taser use by its officers (2011-04-11)

Posted on April 11 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Stalling, North Carolina (pop. 5000) has decided to abandon the use of tasers: “Stallings police have had Tasers since 2008, but the town discontinued them in January to reduce its liability risk, Chief Michael Dummett said, declining to elaborate.” A neighboring town, Monroe has just added tasers … “‘That’s their decision,’ said […]

USA – South Beloit, Illinois police officers’ Tasers taken away (2011-04-01)

Posted on April 2 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A significant step by a small-town (pop.: 5,500] ]] in Southern Illinois: to effectively place a moratorium on police taser use due to lack of adequate training and TASER Inc.’s advisories on the potential cardiac problems of taser discharges. This follows a taser-abuse settlement for for $85,000 by Winnibago County, Wisconsin (pop.300,000) […]

USA – “Pack the San Francisco Police Commission hearing on Tasers: this Wednesday, Feb. 23, 5:30 p.m., in Room 400, City Hall” (2011-02-21)

Posted on March 4 2011 by admin

[[GlobalShock: Appeal by a San Francisco coalition of black leaders and community activists to protest police call to bring tasers back into use, after the SF Police Commission voted 3-2 to ban them in 2010]]   Pack the Police Commission hearing on Tasers: this Wednesday, Feb. 23, 5:30 p.m., in Room 400, City Hall KPFA […]

USA – San Francisco: “No funds for tasers or war criminals: Stop state violence in San Francisco and Congo” (2012-03-01)

Posted on March 1 2011 by admin

[[GlobalShock: A  first-person update on the San Francisco moratorium on tasers. A Black journalist describes the hearings in San Francisco on whether to bring back the taser: “I at least felt honored to be among the crowd of doctors, lawyers, social workers, organizers and activists who came to speak against taser use. Many had so much […]

AUSTRALIA – Canberra Police revisit taser use after initial rejection (2011-02-16)

Posted on February 16 2011 by admin

[[GlobalShock: “An Australia Capital Territory (ACT)  Government standing committee recommended tasers should not be given to general duties police in a report handed down more than four years ago… CT Policing is conducting another review into the use of tasers in the territory. The review was started late last year, but will take into account […]