Archive for the 'Psychiatric population' 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 – Berkeley, California: Tasers for Berkeley Police? Not the Best Way to Deal with Most Crisis Situations (2014-06-06)

Posted on June 6 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The Berkeley police shooting death of an 18 yr-old mentally ill woman must not be used as an excuse for introducing tasers: Tasers can be lethal too. The Berkeley death of Kayla Moore, who suffered from mental illness and used drugs, would not have been prevented if the police had used a […]

USA – Chicago: Cops Used TASER Several Times On Mentally Ill Man, Family Says (2014-05-16)

Posted on May 16 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A call to Chicago police for help with a mentally ill man, Philip Coleman, a University of Chicago graduate, led to an arrest, a TASER being repeatedly deployed and an outraged family. “He needed to go to a hospital,” his father says. Instead, he was taken to a Chicago police station and a […]

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 […]

CANADA – Mounties say Taser didn’t work on distraught Saskatchewan man (2014-05-01)

Posted on May 1 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY/COMMENTS: rcmp says a taser didn’t work on a man “who had weapons” – only then did they call in crisis negotiators, a police dog unit and the Emergency Response Team.]] GlobalNews.ca PILOT BUTTE, Sask. – Saskatchewan RCMP say they fired a Taser at a man but it didn’t work. Mounties say they were called […]

CANADA – Ontario Police can use gun if threatened by knife, even if Taser available, training officer says (2014-04-24)

Posted on April 24 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Having a taser does not mean the police must use it … A police officer faced with a knife-wielding person threatening someone’s life would be permitted to use a gun even if a Taser was available, a coroner’s inquest heard Wednesday. Three minutes after paramedics found Matthew Roke, 33, who died from […]

CANADA – Ontario Police can use gun if threatened by knife, even if Taser available, training officer says (2014-04-24)

Posted on April 24 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: If threatened with a knife, Ontario police can use a gun even if they also have tasers available, the coroner’s inquest on the death of Matthew Roke, 33, heard Wednesday. Mr Roke suffered from paranoid schizophrenia. He was shot before a supervising officer arrived on scene with a taser. A police-officer points out: […]

AUSTRALIA – Tasers rolled out across country Victoria (2104-04-24)

Posted on April 24 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Wider rollout of tasers in Victoria: Officers in all 24-hour stations in country Victoria will get Tasers after police trialled the devices in six major regional centres, mostly in cases of people either on drugs or alcohol or with mental illness or a combination of factors trying to do harm to themselves […]

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 […]

UK – Police taser naked woman seen in Liverpool city centre ‘armed with a knife damaging cars’ (2014-04-08)

Posted on April 8 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Using tasers to control a woman in psychiatric crisis? An emotionally disturbed woman, “running amok” naked among parked cars at 4.30 a.m. was “restrained with a taser”. Is this the most appropriate intervention?]] Liverpool Echo, by Alan Selby Woman wearing nothing but shoes restrained by officers at 4.30am A ‘naked’ woman was […]

NEW ZEALAND – Police use of Tasers in mental health emergencies: A review (2014-03-20)

Posted on March 20 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A review article – global – of the use of tasers on people presenting mental health emergencies, who appear specially vulnerable. Also discusses problems of conflict of interests in much of the research.]] International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, by Anthony J. O’Brien and Katey Thom Abstract: The proliferation of Tasers among […]

USA – Father files lawsuit against Bangor, Maine police, Taser manufacturer over death of son in 2012 (2014-03-19)

Posted on March 19 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Phillip A. McCue, 28, of Bangor, who has mental health problems, died in custody. The medical examiner’s office said he had been stunned by a taser. His parents heard of this two days later when their son was in an intensive care unit. They were told he had a complete cardiac arrest. […]

USA – Hampton, Virginia: Hampton pays $500,000 to settle wrongful death suit over man shot by Tasers (2014-03-19)

Posted on March 19 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Hatchel P. “Trey” Adams III, 36, died when he was taken into custody in December 2009 after being shot several times with Tasers at least four times while he was being taken into emergency custody on mental health issues. His mother sued the eight police officers involved. The City of Hampton has […]

USA – Cops: New York trooper uses Taser to save man on bridge (2014-03-11)

Posted on March 11 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Taser to prevent suicide – in this case it worked OK, but it could have been life-threatening … . A 51-yr-old man threatened to jump off a bridge over the Hudson River. As he approached the railing the police tasered him. He wasn’t injured but was sent for a mental health evaluation.]] […]

AUSTRALIA – Mental health training introduced for New South Wales police working on the frontline (2014-02-24)

Posted on February 24 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: In the light of the rise of confrontation with people suffering from mental health problems, frontline police officers in New South Wales will be given training on how to handle incidents involving such people. Although this will involve only a full-day course, it is a step in the right direction. “If a […]

USA – North Carolina Cop “Had No Choice” To Shoot And Kill Mentally Ill Child Because He Left His Taser Home? (2014-02-17)

Posted on February 17 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Police Officer Bryon Vassey “had no choice” to shoot a mentally-ill child because “he left his Taser home” when Bryon’s family called 911 for medical help. “We don’t have time for this” – and he shot the child.]] Prison Planet NORTH CAROLINA — A cop who said “We don’t have time […]

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 […]

USA – Palm Beach, Florida: ‘Excited delirium’ suspected after another violent battle between ranting naked young man, sheriff’s deputies (20134-02-10)

Posted on February 10 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Excited delirium is here reported as a relatively accepted disease category …. Police shooting death (not taser) blamed on “excited delirium”. 28-year-old Anesson Joseph was shot dead (not tasered) after a rampage driven to violence by an acute psychotic episode – ‘excited delirium.’ In the police’s words. “Conrad Hopper fought violently with […]

CANADA / QUEBEC – Funeral for Alain Magloire today in Longueuil (2014-02-06)

Posted on February 6 2014 by admin

[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Alain Magloire buried as controversy surrounds his shooting-death by Montreal Police. His family is demanding answers. A public inquiry into his death. According to police, Mr Magloire was shot while police were waiting for a taser to arrive on the scene. The inquiry is expected to examine procedures during emergency interventions involving […]