Archive for the 'Racism' Category

USA – Baltimore Maryland Foster youth identified – was Tased five times at Good Samaritan Hospital (2014-05-19)

Posted on May 19 2014 by admin

[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Multiple tasering in hospital leading to death of African-American 19-yr-old George V. King on 14 May: A city police officer used his Taser five times to subdue a heavily medicated Mr King who was fighting staff at Good Samaritan Hospital and later died, according to his family’s attorney and an account […]

USA – Connecticut Police to Report Taser Incidents (2014-05-09)

Posted on May 9 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: the April death of José Maldonado. Maldonado was the 14th person to die in Connecticut after being tased, 10 of those people were African American or Latino. Police departments across Connecticut now will be required to report all usage of electronic weapons to the state under a bill approved by the legislature […]

USA – Taser stock [TASR] on a stunning tear (2013-08-27)

Posted on August 27 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : TASER shares – TASR – have increased by 30% as investors bet that demand for the company’s Axon wearable video cameras will soar. A judge said the NYPD’s practice of “stop-and-frisk” unlawfully targets blacks and Latinos, TASER’s AXON cameras stand to benefit, although cameras are only 6% of total revenue. Other […]

USA – Scottsdale’s Taser Inc. at the center of 2 cases (2013-08-16)

Posted on August 22 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Two major issues for TASER International: Dealing with the taser death of street-artist Israel Hernandez-Llach, 18, – “It’s truly tragic,” TASER International’s Steve Tuttle said… and growing interest in TASER’s Axon cameras, body-worn cameras which a judge has just ordered some New York City police to wear to see if there […]

USA – More Than 530 Taser-Related Deaths In U.S. Since 2001 (2013-06-21)

Posted on June 21 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Citing data from Truth Not Tasers and Electronic Village, InfoWars understates the number of dead of following tyaser use: “As of April 2013, there have been 538 taser-related deaths in the United States, and some of them have been children”. Electronic Village says: “Black people are only13.6% of the total population, […]

USA – Settlement [$2,000,000 plus] Reached in [2012] University of Cincinnati Taser Death (2013-01-23)

Posted on January 23 2013 by admin

[[Summary / Comments : A settlement of $2,000,000 plus providing an undergraduate education free of tuition and instructional fees for the two siblings taser victim, 18-year-old Everette Howard on August 6, 2012 who deied after he was tasered while attending a summer program on the University of Cincinnati. The Coroner ruled no cause of death […]

USA – New York Legislator vows to tighten stun-gun oversight (2013-01-23)

Posted on January 23 2013 by admin

[[Summary / Comments : Jeffrion Aubry, the newly elected speaker pro tempore of the New York Assembly said he will introduce legislation to tighten oversight of stun-gun use by police following a Poughkeepsie Journal investigation on soaring use of the device. The Journal studied 467 stun-gun reports dating from 2006 to mid-finding that use of […]

USA – ACLU opposes San Francisco Police Department taser deployment (2013-01-06)

Posted on January 6 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: This article is particularly important in showing that better Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) – see section in italics –  is needed,  rather than taser deployment. The ACLU is leading opposition to providing the San Francisco Police Department Crisis Intervention Team officers with tasers, emphasizing that costly tasers would generate heavy legal fees […]

USA – Illinois Senator Dan Duffy: Stricter guidelines needed for Taser gun use (2013-01-04)

Posted on January 4 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT : An Illinois senatoat is calling for much tougher guidelines on tasers following the Chicago death of Philip Coleman on December 13th 2012, and points to the racialization of tasering by the Chicago Police: 667 of the 710 individuals Tasered by police were black. Meanwhile, Police are authorized to use Tasers in a wide […]

USA – Chicago: Father of dead man sues Chicago police (2013-01-03)

Posted on January 3 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT: A former police chief protests the December 13th death of his son: Philip Coleman, a Masters graduate from the University of Illinois, went into cardiac arrest after being Tasered three times by police: “Philip was not an animal or a criminal, but a human being who was having a mental breakdown.” When […]

AUSTRALIA – Police work to ease taser tensions (2012-11-20)

Posted on November 20 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Police units north of Sydney engage in damage-control following protests by more than 100 aboriginal community members of the January 2011, tasering of a 14-year old boy, who was targeted twice when police say he resisted arrest, and then again tasering of a group last week. This latter claim was denied by […]

AUSTRALIA – CCC [Corruption and Crime Commission] slammed for inaction on tasered man Kevin Spratt (2012-11-15)

Posted on November 15 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Western Australia’s Corruption and Crime Commission (CCC) has been lambasted by a parliamentary committee for being slow to launch its investigation into police who tasered Kevin Spratt at least 12 times in August 2008.]] Herald-Sun WA’s Corruption and Crime Commission (CCC) has been lambasted by a parliamentary committee for being slow to […]

USA – Sarasota County, Florida Man Tasered by deputies settles suit for $15,000 (2012-11-14)

Posted on November 14 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: African-American Anthony Brown, 32, was in the parking lot of a closed Cavalry Church about 11 p.m. on Oct. 3, 2007, when deputies approached him while he talked on his cellphone. The deputies immediately suspected he was up to something. He said he had nothing to say to them . When he […]

CANADA / QUEBEC – “Le Taser: arme mortelle / The taser: a deadly weapon” (2012-10-18)

Posted on October 18 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: (English version follows French) – Press release in French and English from the major Black Coalition of Quebec to recognize the five years since Quilem Registre was tasered and died in Montreal (19 October 2007). The police are gaining increased access to tasers. Basically nothing has been done to improve policing in […]

USA – Jolt of reality: Shootings persist as Chicago police Taser use skyrockets (2012-07-20)

Posted on July 20 2012 by admin

USA – Jolt of reality: Shootings persist as Chicago police Taser use skyrockets (2012-07-20) [[Summary / Comments : Detailed statistics on taser and gun use in Chicago show that use of tasers rose more than 300 percent in 2 years. Police are not shooting their guns less. Officers took quickly to the Tasers after the […]

UK – Black fireman says he was abused and Tasered by London Metropolitan Police (2012-14-19)

Posted on April 19 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT: While this is still at the level of an allegation, Scotland Yard is referring a fresh racism complaint to police complaints watchdog. Edric Kennedy-Macfoy, 28, from north London, who also trained as a police constable, is the 10th case involving alleged racism known to have been referred to the official police watchdog […]

FRANCE – French minorities accuse state of racial profiling (2012-04-11)

Posted on April 11 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT: Fox News reports French police are accused of racial profiling in their widespread practice of abusive identity checks in a lawsuit with 1/5 complainants – including humiliating public body pat downs, insults and even threats because of the way they look. A 32-tear-old black man says: they “put me in front of […]

USA – NewYork: “I don’t give a f***, n*****, open the door!”: Police “Tasered black ex-Marine to death” after he accidentally triggered medical alert in his sleep (2012-04-04)

Posted on April 4 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT: A chronically ill African-American heart patient, former Marine Kenneth Chamberlain Sr, died after police officers – called to deal with a medical emergency – burst into his Forest Hills, New York home on 19 November 2011 and Tasered him twice in the chest, it has been claimed. Police claimed he attacked them […]

USA – Powder Springs, Georgia: officer reprimanded in Taser incident [tasering twice a handcuffed black driver at traffic stop] (2012-02-24)

Posted on February 24 2012 by admin


ANALYSIS / USA : Poughkeepsie, N.Y. : Neswpaper conducts detailed analysis of taser use (2012-02-20)

Posted on February 20 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A series of four carefully-researched articles in the Poughkeepsie Journal based on data – 467 Taser use reports from 19 local police agencies – obtained through the Freedom of Information Law shows systematic taser abuse by police officers: (1) Blacks are targeted much more often than their numbers in communities would predict; […]