Archive for the 'Police exonerated' Category

USA – Augusta, Georgia: Family protests stun-gun death case, demands justice outside courthouse (2014-07-07)

Posted on July 7 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: June 29, 2013: multiple tasering, then cardiac arrest and died. The family of George Harvey, 39 when he died, is holding a protest. He had history of arrests related to cocaine, marijuana and controlled substances, makes his case and life seem “unimportant,” his sister says, demanding that justice be served.]] Augusta Chronicle, […]

CANADA – Mississuaga, Ontario Woman Tasered last year by Peel police dies (2014-05-21)

Posted on May 21 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Iole Pasquale, 80, living in a retirement home and suffering from dementia was Tasered twice last year after police found her on the street with a bread knife. The cause of death was probably heart failure and is not being attributed to the taser. The police lack o due indulgence, according to […]

USA – Austin, Texas: Grand Jury clears officers in school tasing incident [leading to a medically induced coma] (2014-05-13)

Posted on May 13 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Grand Jury clears officers in school tasing incident, in which a High School student that ended up in a coma. An officer tasered 17-year-old Noe Niño de Rivera on Nov. 20 because he interfered as officers attempted to break up a fight between two girls. The teen hit his head as he […]

CANADA – British Columbia: Investigation finds RCMP officer did nothing wrong. Unarmed, broken-jawed man, struck & tasered three times (2014-02-06)

Posted on February 6 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A broken-jawed man is tasered three times, then struck on the head and shoulders in an August 2013 incident. He didn’t drop to the ground until the third discharge of the taser. B.C.’s Independent Investigations Office (IIO) decided the police acted appropriately since the man , had allegedly produced a knife and […]

USA – Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation won’t release records in Taser case (2014-02-03)

Posted on February 3 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Should taser-use data be available to the public? NO, according to the Iowa public attorney: The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is refusing to release records in a Worth County case in which a Michael Zubrod died after being tasered at least four times on 22 September 2013 by law enforcement officers. […]

USA – Santa Ana, California: Kelly Thomas trial – 2 former Fullerton cops found not guilty [in taser death of Kelly Thomas] (2014-01-13)

Posted on January 13 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Two former Fullerton police officers accused in the death of Kelly Thomas, a homeless mentally ill man, have been found not guilty on all charges. Mr Thomas, 37, died five days after a violent confrontation with six officers in July 2011. The incident was caught on surveillance video. A jury found that […]

USA – Appeals court: No new trial in Frederick County, Maryland Taser death (2014-01-08)

Posted on January 8 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Jarrel Gray died Nov. 18, 2007, shortly a police officer hit him twice with a Taser. A federal jury cleared the officer of wrongdoing in January 2012, finding that he did not use excessive force and that his actions did not cause Gray’s death. The family appealed unsuccessfully.]] Fredick News-Post, by Danielle […]

USA – South Dakota: Review: Officer’s use of Taser on 8-year-old “reasonable” (2013-12-17)

Posted on December 17 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Is it ever reasonable to taser an 8-yr-old? Yes! According to this story …  A South Dakota Department of Criminal Investigation determined that a Pierre Police Department officer did not act unreasonably when he used his Taser on an 8-year-old girl in October. The girl was making “suicidal comments” and holding a […]

USA – Sanford, Florida officer who left man bloody after using Taser cleared of wrongdoing (2013-10-22)

Posted on October 22 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Sam Fuller was badly hurt in July when he was hit with a Taser and landed flat on his face after officers said he tried to run away when police saw him gambling in the street. He had to be hospitalized. The Sanford police officer was cleared of any wrongdoing. The […]

CANADA – Toronto: Tasers are a tool, not a cure-all for police (2013-10-11)

Posted on October 11 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Tasering in Peel, Ontario of 80-yr-old dementia sufferer in August shows tasers no magic cure-all for police. Need for more training and better communications skills to avoid repetition of such incidents.]] Toronto Sun Editorial Anyone who thinks Tasers are a magic cure-all when police confront armed individuals who are behaving irrationally […]

CANADA – Ontario: Peel cop who used Taser on 80-year-old with dementia won’t be charged (2013-10-09)

Posted on October 9 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A case-study for taser-training discussion? Would be good …  OK to taser 80 yr-old woman with dementia? The Ontario Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has just cleared a Peel Regional Police supervisor who used his stun gun twice on the confused, elderly widow, Iole Pasquale, causing her to fall and break her […]

USA – Arkansas: Taser use on 8-year-old justified, police in Pierre, South Dakota say (2103-10-09)

Posted on October 9 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : OK  to taser suicidal 8 yr-old girl? While her parents were with a babysitter, a reportedly suicidal 8 yr-old girl stabbed herself in the leg and was holding a 4½-inch knife to her chest when officers arrived, and she refused to put it down and turned the knife towards an officer […]

AUSTRALIA – Crime and Misconduct Commission review finds Queensland police using tasers appropriately (2013-09-16)

Posted on September 16 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC) review of 123 cases of multiple or prolonged taser use between September 2009 and December last year has found no evidence of inappropriate taser use by Queensland police. Multiple or prolonged taser deployments (6-15 seconds) account for about a third of all instances and were […]

CANADA – Toronto Police chief backs expanded use of tasers (2013-09-12)

Posted on September 13 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Shot then tasered. The officer who on July 27 tasered Sammy Yatim, the Toronto teenager who had been shot multiple times on a streetcar has not been suspended, although he may still face charges. The Toronto Police Chief strongly supports expanded taser use – particularly for first responders confronting crisis situations. […]

UK – Chorley, Lancashire: Taser officer is cleared [after tasering blind man] (2013-09-03)

Posted on September 3 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A blind man was tasered following a mistaken identity (his white walking stick was mistaken for a samurai sword). The Independent Police Complaints Commission has cleared the officer: “The circumstances are unusual because the officer was acting on the basis of erroneous reports from members of the public that the victim […]

CANADA – Global TV: Some facts about the Taser perjury trial (2013-06-10)

Posted on June 10 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : a brief chronological overview of the perjury trial of police-officers in the tasering death of Robert Dziekanski in October 2007 – All four officers were found not guilty of committing perjury … ]] Canadian Press VANCOUVER – Taser use by police in British Columbia is down 87 per cent since Robert […]

USA – Vermont: No criminal charges to be filed against trooper who deployed Taser [that killed Macadam Mason in June 2012 ] (2013-01-25)

Posted on January 25 2013 by admin

[[Summary / Comments : This is the official statement from the Vermont attorney-general`s office: No criminal charges will be filed against the trooper who deployed the taser against Macadam Mason in June 2012. Despite the requests of Mr Mason’s companion, who said that their presence was aggravating Mason, who was epileptic, the police returned and […]

USA – Millvale, Pennsylvania: Probe of Millvale man’s Tasering continues (2013-01-25)

Posted on January 25 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Man tasered up to 20 times while handcuffed suffers multiple problems: Thomas Jason Smith, 27, shocked by police now shakes constantly, developed a hand twitch, endures back pain and has been having severe panic and anxiety attacks since the Taser incident in September, his mother said Thursday. Video shows he had been […]

USA – Middleburg Heights, Ohio: [$430,000] Settlement Reached in Police-Involved Taser Death (2013-01-03)

Posted on January 3 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: In a very brief text, unconfirmed so far elsewhere, FOX news is reporting that the City of Middleburg Heights has settled the case of a motorist who died after being tasered by police for $430,000, without, of course, admitting any wrongdoing. The video to which this summary links shows family defense lawyers […]

USA – Lawsuit over Arizona man’s Taser death in Utah settled (2012-12-29)

Posted on December 29 2012 by admin

[[Summary / Comments : And the taser didn’t kill him? A settlement has been reached in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Brian Cardall, of Flagstaff, Arizona, who died in 2009 after a southern Utah police officer shocked him with a Taser. As is typically the case (and a condition of the […]