Archive for the 'Sanctions against police' Category

USA – Santa Ana, California: 2 cops charged in fatal beating (2011-09-22)

Posted on September 22 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Report combining many of the worst elements of the taser death: “mentally ill homeless man who was pummeled, shocked with a Taser and slammed with the butt of a stun gun in a beating that lasted nearly 10 minutes … A review of the evidence, including surveillance video, showed Thomas was […]

USA – Walton County, Florida: Deputy back on the job after suspension [following tasering of 14-year-old on sofa] (2011-05-04)

Posted on May 5 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: An officer is “fired” for tasering a drunken 14-year-old passed out on the sofa in his home (he had earlier been in a fight). “‘I don’t want people to go around thinking I tased a child,’ he said. ‘He was an adult … ‘” (sic). Also a member of the local town […]

USA – Beaumont, Texas, police dept. suspends officer who used Taser in 2007 traffic stop (2011-02-15)

Posted on February 15 2011 by admin

[[GlobalShock: “James CodyGuedry, who was a rookie officer during the Aug. 24, 2007 traffic stop, was sentenced to 90 days probation for shocking Derrick Newman, an unarmed passenger in the car, with a Taser”, now the police dept has given him an indefinite suspension. One wonders whether his I-was-just-following-orders defense (“Guedry testified last year that […]

USA – Antioch, California, to pay $750,000 to settle civil rights lawsuit with ex-San Francisco Officer (2011-01-31)

Posted on January 31 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Fiscal conservatives should be worrying about the settlements being paid to taser victims or their families. These are not simply transferred to municipal insurance policies. There are global implications here: can relatively small jurisdictions (Antioch, ¾ of an hour by car east of San Francisco, has a population of c.100,000) afford the […]

USA – Former Ohio deputy held gun to suspect’s head (2011-01-28)

Posted on January 27 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: We publish this article as a confirmation of just how violent local police officers can be in the USA – with or without tasers: “… he drew his pistol in one hand and his taser in the other … After repeatedly kicking a suspect in the head, a former Huron County deputy […]

USA – Texas Judge sentences convicted officer to 90 days probation (2011-01-18)

Posted on January 18 2011 by admin

[[GlobalShock: A police officer convicted of Official Oppression for using a Taser on a man during a traffic stop – prosecutors said the use of force was unnecessary in this case – was sentenced to 90 days probation. Convicted by a jury of a “Class A Misdemeanor”, he could have received up to 1 year […]