Archive for the 'Reduction in taser use' Category

USA – Vermont: Taser guidelines debated in Montpelier (2013-02-27)

Posted on February 7 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Vermont lawmakers are weighing whether to require all police agencies to have to meet the same training and use standards for stun guns following like the death of a Thetford man, Macadam Mason, tasered by a trooper. The local ACLU is calling for a uniform policy. Taser use is down substantially: 80 […]

ISRAEL – Refused Transport on Shabbos, was Tasered & Now Suing (2014-02-04)

Posted on February 4 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A man is making a lot of noise and police are called. refused to enter a police car on Shabbos, the day of rest for orthodox Jews, the policeman decided to use his taser against him. The man’s lawyer says he was tasered multiple times and is now partly disabled. Despite growing […]

UK – Blackpool: Fewer suspects staring down eye of a Taser (2014-02-04)

Posted on February 4 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Neighbourhood Watch volunteers have praised the use of tasers saying they act as a deterrent. In Blackpool taser use is down: they were used six times during 2013 compared to seven times in 2012 , seven in times in 2011 and 19 times in 2010. Across Lancashire, tasers were fired 47 times […]

USA – Rialto, California: Wearing a Badge, and a Video Camera (2013-05-06)

Posted on May 6 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : At last! – Behavioural research on taser use (or at least, use of force): Excessive force goes down substantially when police believe they are being recorded on video, based on this study in Rialto, California. But the emphasis and conclusion reached by TASER International and police sites citing this research: less […]

CANADA – RCMP cut Taser use, but are dragging feet on many recommendations, report finds (2011-10-07)

Posted on October 17 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Canada’s national police force has reduced the use of controversial Taser stun guns significantly in the past three years, according to the RCMP complaints commission’s annual report.  However, there are “extensive delays” responding to recommendations.]] Vancouver Sun, By Robert Hiltz OTTAWA — Canada’s national police force has reduced the use of controversial […]

CANADA – First Nations Groups Slam Police and Justice System Over Rodney Jackson Killing [and the tasering of an 11-year-old aboriginal boy] (2011-09-30)

Posted on September 29 2011 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS : In an indictment of police brutality against First-Nations (indigenous) citizens, First Nations Summit, the Union of B-C Indian Chiefs, the Assembly of First Nations and the Native Courtworker and Counselling Association, points to the RCMP tasering of an 11-year old boy in  residental care: “We saw what happened in Prince […]

USA – New Report Details Eugene, Oregon, Police Department Accomplishments and Challenges [Taser use substantially down] (2011-05-23)

Posted on May 24 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Eugene, Oregon is working seriously to improve relations with the ublic, part of this involving reduced taser usage: “Last year EPD used a taser 20 times — much less than the previous year — and extremely low compared to other cities across the U.S.”]] greenwich.patch.com, by Jessica Debbas EUGENE, Ore. — Eugene’s […]

CANADA / QUEBEC – Le Taser deux fois moins utilisé qu’en 2007 à Québec [Quebec City police using taser 50% less often than in 2007] (2011-05-17)

Posted on May 22 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Quebec City police report taser use is down 50% – from 16 times a years to 8 – since 2007, when Claudio Castagnetta died following the use of the taser – as a result of the media coverage of this case, according to a police spokesperson. Anyone receiving a discharge now automatically […]

CANADA – Nova Scotia yet to release Taser rules six months after Howard Hyde inquiry (2011-05-12)

Posted on May 13 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Recommendations of a inquiry into Howard Hyde’s – he was a Nova Scotian who suffered from schizophrenia – death, blamed his death on his struggle with the police, not the taser discharges he received – remain to be implemented. Justice minister (ex-RCMP officer) Landry says: “It’s very difficult in situations where … […]

AUSTRALIA – Bunbury Police favour batons over tasers (2011-03-20)

Posted on March 20 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The title is a bit deceptive, since the taser is still used in this town (pop. 32,000) 175 km south of Perth in Western Australia. But “less than once a month”. “Bunbury officer in charge Brett Cassidy said there were numerous tactical options to control a situation – including using their physical […]

AUSTRALIA – Huge drop in Western Australia Taser use: police chief (2011-03-10)

Posted on March 10 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: “Western Australia’s police chief says a tightening of the force’s Taser use policy has slashed the number of times the stun gun has been used by nearly two thirds.”]] Sydney Morning Herald Western Australia’s police chief says a tightening of the force’s Taser use policy has slashed the number of times the […]

CANADA – Former Toronto mayor faced Taser in 2010 (2011-03-05)

Posted on March 3 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Former Toronto mayor, John Sewell was defending a client: ” The (chief’s) report says the use of the weapon was effective. What it did was terrify us. Does that mean this in fact is happening a lot of the time?” Sewell asked the board.  “Despite his experience, Sewell would rather see police […]

CANADA – Ontario: Weapon use down among Cobourg officers (2011-03-02)

Posted on March 2 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: “Local police are using their hands more than their weapons when dealing with “resistant/assaultive” individuals…For the past two years no officers of the Cobourg Police Service have used conducted-energy weapons, commonly referred to as tasers” … although the article does not indicate how many previous uses were made of the taser … […]