Archive for the 'Police unions' Category

IRELAND – Gardai [Police] ‘need Tasers as attacks on patrols rise’ (2014-04-29)

Posted on April 29 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The Police Union is calling for more widespread availability of tasers by the Irish Police demanding that Taser guns be issued to regular patrol units to act as a deterrent against assaults and reduce street violence.]] Irish Independent, by Tom Brady GARDAI want non-lethal Taser guns issued to regular patrol units to […]

USA – California: Local police association advocates tasers for Berkeley officers (2014-04-14)

Posted on April 14 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The Police Union, representing 150 officers, in the “socialist republic” of Berkeley is the calling for the city to provide its officers with tasers, following an attack (by a man with mental health issues) on a police officer last week in West Berkeley … the Berkeley Police Association is once again calling […]

USA – San Diego, California: Privacy an issue with police body cameras (2014-04-12)

Posted on April 12 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY/ COMMENTS : Body-worn cameras are an important new segment of the TASER market … San Diego’s police chief wants 300 officers outfitted with body cameras by July to help restore waning public trust in the department. Three models are being trialed, including the TASER AXON. But there are issues the police union and the […]

USA – San Diego, California: Privacy an issue with police body cameras (2014-04-12)

Posted on April 12 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The San Diego Police department has been rocked by numerous allegations of sexual misconduct in recent years. Partly in response, body-worn cameras are projected to be adopted. Following the results from Rialto Police Dept., TASER AXON cameras are being trialed. “We’re doing this for the accountability of our officers, and regaining the […]

(2014-03-26) TEXAS: Fort Worth police getting more collar-mounted video cameras [[Axon body-cameras // transparency // police union]]

Posted on March 26 2014 by admin

Police in Fort Worth are to get TASER AXON on-body cameras – increasing from 200 to 600 units, making the police department the largest user of the Axon cameras in the country. The advantages (according to the Police): Checking on police conduct, real-time information for crime investigators and handling citizens’ complaints. A police union leader recognises the officer, community, and victims of crimes have rights and privacy concerns that cannot be discarded in the quest for transparency – obviously the officers in particular, adding that “officers police more professionally on tape. They’re so much more patient and caring and giving” (?)

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO – Now cops want pepper spray, tasers (2014-01-14)

Posted on January 18 2014 by admin

[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: In 2010, six police officers were charged with crimes linked to the arrest and beating of three men shocked with a taser gun Despite this major scandal involving police brutality using tasers – which has yet to thoroughly investigated (see also related stories under “Trinidad & Tobago”, the police association is calling […]

GERMANY – Polizisten fordern Ausrüstung mit Elektroschockern [Police calling for tasers] (2014-01-15)

Posted on January 15 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: (This is an edited google translation: see original German text below in italics) Police in two regions in Germany are demanding tasers to deal with increased violence against police officers. Police unions support the adoption of tasers (already available to special units), but the ministry of the interior says the police already […]

CANADA – Ottawa Police union echoes chief’s comments in face of ombudsman’s criticisms (2013-11-07)

Posted on November 7 2013 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The head of the Ottawa police union accepts police oversight (the minimum!), but, like the police chief, says there isn’t a pressing need for talks around de-escalation tactics here because local officers already do it all the time. “To echo the chief’s comments, we already do a lot of de-escalation. […]

CANADA – Ottawa, Ontario: ‘This is not a police state,’ Ombudsman says (2013-11-05)

Posted on November 5 2013 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The Ottawa police chief criticizes the Ontario ombudsman for suggesting the police service is resisting an investigation into whether new use-of-force guidelines are needed is “unfounded” and “not factually based.” The ombudsman had said: “I think some of the police community has forgotten that this is not a police state,” […]

UK – London: Police union says Taser deployment ‘not a matter for politicians’ (2013-10-23)

Posted on October 23 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A British police website reports: Politicians have should no say in taser deployment says the head of the Metropolitan Police Federation – the union representing 35,000 London police-officers. It should be an operational consideration for chiefs – and that the decision should not have to involve politicians. He believes the weapon […]

CANADA – Edmonton police officer Sgt. Aubrey Zalaski to appeal reprimand for Taser a decade ago (2103-06-23)

Posted on June 23 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : In 2003, an Edmonton police-officer used a taser four time against Timothy Ferguson after reports of a domestic dispute with his girlfriend. When police arrived, Ferguson was displaying violent and aggressive behaviour. Officers struggled to subdue him, eventually deploying the Taser four times. “The Law Enforcement Review Board” view is that […]

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 […]

NETHERLANDS – [Tasers in the Netherlands:] Submission to the UN Committee against Torture on the Netherlands (2013-04-16)

Posted on April 16 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Submission to the UN Committee against Torture on taser police in the Netherlands. Dutch police arrest teams have steadily been equipped with taser weapons since May 2009. In September 2012, the Minister of Security and Justice Ivo Opstelten announced plans to introduce taser weapons for the entire Dutch police force, including all regular […]

NEW ZEALAND – Police requesting to be armed with Tasers (2013-02-19)

Posted on February 19 2013 by admin

[[Summary / Comments: Frontline police officers are calling for senior staff to let them to wear Tasers on their belts while they walk their beats, following a trial in Canterbury. The police union. He police union says this should be practice all the time across the country in the wake of high-profile assault on officers.]] […]

USA – Pennsylvania: Snyder County Prison guard fired for Taser prank [against a prison nurse] (2013-01-07)

Posted on January 7 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Shoukld we worry about guards using tasers inside prisons? In this bizarre case, a guard tasers a prison nurse after she pulled a prank on him (involving the officer’s lunch box). He was fired, but his union (the Teamsters’ local branch) us saying “He should be disciplined, but discharging him is too […]

AUSTRALIA – Canberra Police push for lapel cameras (2012-06-13)

Posted on June 13 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT: The Canberra Police Union calls for video-cameras – the HD TASER Inc. AXON device – for “protecting police officers”: not citizens’ rights. Mr Torr said lapel cameras would record continuously while an officer was on duty – which is not the case, since they would only be activated at the discretion of […]

JERSEY – Human rights group objections to Tasers (2012-04-30)

Posted on April 30 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT : The Jersey (Channel Islands) Human Right Group fears the ‘militarisation’ of the police after the police chief, the police officers’ ‘union’ and honorary officers all backed the introduction of Tasers. The police say it is just another “tactical weapon” to protect the public. ]] FEARS have been expressed about the ‘militarisation’ […]

AUSTRALIA – Police Union defends taser police officers [in Kevin Spratt multiple tasering] (2012-04-17)

Posted on April 17 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT: The West Australian Police Union says it would be disappointing if criminal charges were laid against two police officers who caused international outrage when they tasered a Kevin Spratt 12 times in 2008. Both officers have already been subject to internal police disciplinary action and fined up to $1,200. “We certainly hope […]

NETHERLANDS – Amnesty International: Exporting Insanity: Dutch Police Get Tasers (2012-03-27)

Posted on March 27 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT : Amnesty International reports that the Dutch police don’t want tasers and the union representing the police has made this clear – yet the Netherlands is apparently starting a one-year trial of arming police with Tasers. Common sense says the police are right to reject the taser, given the well-documented. controversy surrounding […]

UK – London Police Union: The value of Taser (2012-02-19: date uploaded)

Posted on February 19 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The London Metropolitan Police Federation- a union representing 1/5th of English police officers – is calling for a taser for every police-cruiser: “Anything that can do everything expected of a conventional firearm, yet leaves no-one dead or injured, is going to be a prized piece of equipment. The Taser is just that.” […]