Archive for the 'Police sensitivity to psychiatric problems' Category

USA – Chelsea, Massachusetts man dies after [taser] struggle with police (2014-06-27)

Posted on June 27 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Another death following taser use. Dominic Graffeo, 56, died after police “tried to subdue him with a taser”, which “he was able to block”. Police were called for “an emotionally disturbed person”. Mr Graffeo had barricaded himself in his room and refused to talk to a crisis negotiator used by the police. […]

USA – Vermont bill to establish a mandatory Taser policy approved (2104-05-10)

Posted on May 10 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Following lengthy debate in the State Senate, a new bill is adopted by the Vermont legislature: (1) creating a police oversight committee to develop a policy for how and when police should use Tasers; (2) serious taser training and how to deal with people with mentasl illness; and mandates that all law […]

CANADA – Ontario: Roke inquest recommends Ottawa police Tasers, better training in mental health issues (2014-05-09)

Posted on May 9 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Matthew Roke, 33, who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia, died in May 2012 after he was shot by Ontario Provincial Police when he confronted them with a knife. The jury recommended that Tasers be available in all interactions between police and people armed with weapons other than firearms. More attention should be […]

USA – Wisconsin Deputies say they were forced to use Taser on man who reported mom’s death (2014-03-15)

Posted on March 15 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Mark Lake, 41, of Eagle found his 76-year-old mother’s dead body Thursday morning. He called 911. He was extremely agitated – and the police tasered him. He said he was praying over her when rescue workers arrived. A deputy ordered him to move away from her body. Lake told the Freeman that […]

CANADA – Toronto: Jury recommends de-escalation in police confrontations with the mentally ill [no taser mentioned] (2014-02-12)

Posted on February 12 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Following the death of three mentally ill Toronto residents who were shot by police – Reyal Jardine-Douglas, Sylvia Klibingaitis and Michael Eligon were all gunned down after approaching officers with knives or scissors – a coroner’s jury recommends that Police should “maximize emphasis on verbal de-escalation techniques” in their training. “If the […]

CANADA – Toronto: Jury recommends de-escalation in police confrontations with the mentally ill [no taser mentioned] (2014-02-12)

Posted on February 12 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: An excellent conclusion: Following the death of three mentally ill Toronto residents who were shot by police – Reyal Jardine-Douglas, Sylvia Klibingaitis and Michael Eligon were all gunned down after approaching officers with knives or scissors – a coroner’s jury recommends that Police should “maximize emphasis on verbal de-escalation techniques” in their […]

CANADA – Ottawa, Ontario: Use-of-force reports show nearly half deployments involved persons with mental health issues (2013-11-07)

Posted on November 7 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Police said there were a total of 52 Taser deployments in 2011, 2012 and 2013, 12 more than reports released. But the reports do reveal the situations police face and what has prompted them to use the weapons. Out of 40 Taser-related reports, 18, almost half, mention mental health issues. calls […]

CANADA -Chief Bill Blair asks for $386,000 to boost Toronto’s Taser arsenal by one-third (2013-11-04)

Posted on November 4 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Toronto Police are asking to put 184 more tasers (there are currently 517 ), costing $386,000, on the streets, but the oversight board is wary following public reaction in August following the Sammy Yatim shooting – he was tasered while dying from firearm bullets). This will increase the taser arsenal by […]

CANADA – Saskatoon police Taser policy should go further, civil liberties group says (2013-10-28)

Posted on October 28 2013 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Abby Deshman of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association is concerned with the threshold for taser use in Saskatoon, limited to “immediate need for control due to a high risk of death or serious bodily harm.” The Braidwood Inquiry wanted actually causing bodily harm or would imminently cause this. The police […]

CANADA – Inquest into Toronto police-shooting deaths pulls back curtain on officers’ reality [Not directly about tasers] (2013-10-17)

Posted on October 17 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Inquests in Toronto are focusing on how police deal with the seriously mentally ill. In 3 cases (2010-2012) people in a mental health crisis were holding “an edged weapon,” a knife or scissors, and shot by police. They all died. A police college trainer testified that a Taser would not be […]

CANADA – Ontario Police deaths inquest: Police unlikely to use Tasers in knife incidents — or to consider mental state (2103-10-16)

Posted on October 16 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS :  Tasers are not an alternative to guns if suspect is holding a knife in 80 to 90% of situations, says a police college trainer at a coroner’s inquest: “In situations that are very serious, we have to have the firearm. . . to protect the officer, and to protect the public as […]

USA – Anne Arundel County, Maryland Police Train on Dealing With Mentally Disabled After Taser Incident (2013-09-20)

Posted on September 21 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : An all-too-rare example of a constructive consequence of tasering – of a mentally disabled man: Officers in one police district are to be taught how to deal with the mentally disabled. The focus is on speaking calmly, empathy and not acting violently … : “If it’s a situation where the actions […]

CANADA – Simcoe County, Ontario: Taser death accidental, coroner’s jury rules (2013-07-23)

Posted on July 23 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The five-panel coroner’s inquest jury ruled the death of Aron Firman an “accident”. An autopsy concluded his death was from cardiac arrhythmia and the jury agreed. The cause was due to excited delirium and schizophrenia, with the Taser and a heart defect as contributing factors, the jury determined. Aron’s father is […]

CANADA – Recommendations of the coroner’s jury in the case of Aron Firman (2013-07-23)

Posted on July 23 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The jury did not make a new assessment of the cause of death, but, by its mandate, made recommendations: (1) Need for a better security response in Domiciallary Hostels without calling 911 for the police; (2) Better data gathering and distributing of taser-related deaths; (3) better mental health training for the police, […]

CANADA – Ontario: Parents hope son’s death after being Tasered will be ‘catalyst’ for change (2013-07-19)

Posted on July 19 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : In what’s been described by Ontario’s top pathologist as an “index case”, there are many doubts about what actually cause Aron Firman’s death. Mr Firman, a man with schizophrenia, died in June 2010 after an encounter with Ontario Provincial Police in Collingwood, Ont. Ontario’s police watchdog – the SIU – cleared […]

USA – West Lafayette, Indiana – Dementia training required for officers (2013-05-14)

Posted on May 14 2013 by admin

[[Summary / Comments : The taser is not the appropriate instrument to deal with combative Alzheimer’s patients! Police are being trained to de-escalate such encounters, following a June 2012 episode, when a Police Officer used a stun gun three times on a 64-year-old man with Alzheimer’s disease, for being combative. Now, according to a bill […]

AUSTRALIA – Victoria – The Human Rights Legal Centre says Victoria Police should invest in police training, rather than arming officers with Tasers (2103-05-13)

Posted on May 13 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The Victoria Human Rights Law Centre says police should be trying harder to avoid difficult escalation in altercations with the public: “In our view the money spent on the Taser rollout in Victoria would actually be better spent on training police to de-escalate situations and actually equip them with the skills […]

New Orleans, Louisiana: New Orleans Police Dept Taser case tests difference between lying and faulty memory (2013-06-28)

Posted on March 28 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Police who taser a suspect report he was holding a machete. Video from the tasercam contradicts this and they are sanctioned. Cameras are become an increasinly important tool for establisgin what actually happens. They were put on trial: “These two officers were looked up to by many officers,” Deputy Chief Darryl […]

NEW ZEALAND – Mental health Taser shock [1/3 of those tasered have mental health issues] (2012-01-06)

Posted on January 6 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: It was feared those with mental health problems would be a target for officers using Tasers and the figures confirmed that. Nearly a third of those tasered by the police since March 2010 were considered by police to have mental health issues. Tasers were much more likely (27 per cent) to be […]

AUSTRALIA – Mentally ill drain police resources (2012-11-15)

Posted on November 15 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: As in most industrialized countries, early half of all critical incident callouts for Victoria Police involve a mentally ill person, with disturbed people frequently taken to hospital by police vans. The police say they are “overwhelmed”. Need for an overhaul of mental health training for police and a dedicated psychiatric facility that […]