Archive for the 'Prison' Category

USA – El Paso, Texas police shot and killed unarmed and handcuffed man [and tasered him after he was shot] (2014-06-23)

Posted on June 23 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Shot-then-tasered. (see video here: he incident occurred more than a year ago.) El Paso Police released video footage Thursday of a police officer shooting and killing unarmed and handcuffed Daniel Saenz, a 37-year-old bodybuilder who was in a prison unit. After he is shot, the officer uses his taser, firing into Saenz’ […]

AUSTRALIA – Review of police lockup Taser ban (2014-06-04)

Posted on June 4 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Should tasers be used in prison-cells (“lock-ups”) ? The aboriginal community says No” – particularly since were two police officers were given suspended jail sentences for assaulting Kevin Spratt who was tasered 13 times at the East Perth Watch House in 2008. But police are arguing for their re-introduction: tasers would be […]

USA – Oklahoma inmate Tasered by prison staff on day of botched execution (2014-05-01)

Posted on May 1 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Clayton Lockett, the death-row inmate who was the subject of a botched execution by the state of Oklahoma, was Tasered by prison staff and had cut his own arm on the day of the failed procedure, according to a timeline released by the state’s corrections chief on Thursday. He was tasered at […]

USA – Muscatine County, Iowa reverses its stance on Taser document (2014-01-13)

Posted on January 13 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Cover-up of a jailer who used a Taser four times on a mentally disabled inmate has been found, causing county officials to reverse previous statements contending the document never existed. Some of the shocks occurred while the 58-year-old Muscatine woman was handcuffed or leg shackled and surrounded by five or six jail […]

USA – Muscatine, Iowa: Tasers won’t drive a hard bargain (2014-01-08)

Posted on January 8 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Tasers in prisons? Not in drive-stun mode! Muscatine County has decided to prohibit jail officials from using the “drive-stun” mode of their Tasers on inmates, because they inflict acute pain on the victim but do not immobilize him. This jailers delivering four 50,000-volt drive-stun Taser jolts to inmate Marie Franks in an […]

GUAM [US territory] – Corrections officers on leave for allegedly tasering inmates (2013-10-21)

Posted on October 21 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The potential for taser abuse in prisons is a major problem. The parent of a Guam – the US military base in the western Pacific, pop. 160,000 – prison inmate reported that his son had been tasered by two corrections officers. An aggravated assault complaint was filed. Three other inmates were […]

USA – Taser use in Michigan prisons reduces injuries, sparks controversy (2103-08-25)

Posted on August 25 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Tasers in prisons are dangerous: the opportunity for abuse enormous. The number of Michigan prison guards assaulted on the job dipped 16% in two years, and guards attribute this to tasers. Inmate advocates question whether guards abuse or overuse Tasers as a disciplinary tool, So far, eight corrections department employees have […]

PORTUGAL – Amnesty International Annual Report: Portugal 2013 (2013-05-23)

Posted on May 23 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A very brief extract from the 2013 Amnesty International report on Portugal: A criminal investigation into the use of a Taser against an inmate in Paços de Ferreira prison in 2010 never advanced and disciplinary proceedings against the two prison officers remained pending at the end of 2012.]] PORTUGUESE REPUBLIC Torture […]

CZECH REPUBLIC – Vězeňští dozorci dostanou nové pravomoci a taser [Corrections officers get new powers and tasers] (2013-05-02)

Posted on May 2 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : (Note this is an edited google-translation from the Czech: The original text appears in italics below). Czech prison guards in have been given the green light to use tasers to help control inmates, including escorting prisoners into court buildings … ]] The Prison Service is likely to get greater powers […]

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 […]

USA – Idaho Inmate dies after Taser hit in Benton County (2012-12-27)

Posted on December 27 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Anopther death following taser de[pl;oyment, this time in a prison, where abuse is more widespread than in the streets … Kevin T. Culp, 29, an inmate seven years into his sentence (for vehicular assault), was placed in an isolation cell at Benton Jail – he was a contract inmate for the state […]

USA – Benton County, Washington: Autopsy inconclusive on inmate shocked by Taser (2012-12-27)

Posted on December 27 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Anything-but-the-taser as cause-of-death: The Benton County coroner could find no clear explanation of the death of jail inmate, Kevin T. Culp, who died about eight days after being shocked by a Taser, pointing out that – as was well-known – Mr Culp had epilepsy that resulted in seizures; these could have been […]

USA – Tri-Cities, Washington inmate in critical condition after Taser used (2012-12-20)

Posted on December 20 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A case of the dangers of tasers inside prisons: 29-year-old Kevin Culp of Spokane was being treated during some kind of “medical episode” – he stopped breathing shortly after being shocked with a Taser and remains hospitalized in critical condition. How many similar cases are never reported ? Why not be more […]

USA – Benton County, Washington inmate still critical after stunning (2012-12-19)

Posted on December 19 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Is the taser really “less-lethal”? On 17 December 2012, Kevin Culp was in a county prison for a federal offense (manslaughter). He was in a medical unit and had an “unknown medical episode” and nurses called for medical help, subsequently becoming combative. He was shocked with a taser, which “had little effect,”, […]

USA – Inquest set in death of Colorado fugitive (2012-07-27)

Posted on July 27 2012 by admin

[[Summary / Comments : Another taser-related death: On March 9 Officers forced their way into the bathroom and found 29-year-old Brenton David Glaser had cut himself in the neck. Mr Glaser resisted arrest, and officers used a Taser to control him. After using the Taser, officers administered first aid and called for medical help. A […]

USA – North Carolina Inmate who died hit his head after being shot with Taser (2012-05-03)

Posted on May 3 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT: A prison-inmate dies after falling on his head when he was tasered. This followed a fight between two inmates. The taser was clearly the cause of the fall. The death is considered an “accident,” according to the Medical Examiner’s report. Thomas Lumpkin Sr.’s cause of death on Jan. 24 was “blunt force […]

USA – Alabama : Former jail supervisor sentenced to five years in prison (2012-04-25)

Posted on April 25 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT : A former Tuscaloosa County Jail supervisor, Althea Mallisham, who used a Taser on three inmates was sentenced Wednesday to serve more than five years in federal prison. Her attorney Tommy Spina that she struggled to be accepted in the male-dominated field, and felt that she had to prove herself to her […]

USA – Michigan Prison Guards Now Equipped With Tasers (2012-03-02)

Posted on March 2 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The normalization of tasers in US prisons … “They’re dangerous, they’re effective and they’re spreading into Michigan prisons.” The Department of Corrections is now using tasers to keep the peace. First tried in 5 prisons in December 2011, officials say the results are “very promising”, claiming the prisoners themselves don’t seem to […]

LIBYA – Libyan militias accused of torturing detainees(2012-02-16)

Posted on February 16 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Amnesty International reports armed militias threaten the security of Libya with 12 detainees tortured to death since September 2011, including detainees “given electric shocks with live wires and taser-like electroshock weapons.”]] Associated Press in New York,, Thursday 16 February 201 Armed militias now rule much of Libya, Amnesty International has warned, […]

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” , […]