Archive for the 'Schizophrenia' Category

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: […]

USA – Meadville man [who had previously lost an eye in a taser incident] arrested in Missouri (2013-10-24)

Posted on October 24 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : (For the taser reference, see section in italics towards the end.) Michael Mondo, with a long police record, and struggling with paranoid schizophrenia, lost his right eye after a Tasering incident with Meadville Police more than two years ago. The police tasered him before a medical crisis team could intervene. Mr […]

CANADA – Inquest into Toronto police-shooting deaths pulls back curtain on officers’ reality [Not directly about tasers] (2013-10-17)

Posted on October 17 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Inquests in Toronto are focusing on how police deal with the seriously mentally ill. In 3 cases (2010-2012) people in a mental health crisis were holding “an edged weapon,” a knife or scissors, and shot by police. They all died. A police college trainer testified that a Taser would not be […]

USA – Behavior of East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania man who died in police custody atypical, sister says (2013-09-06)

Posted on September 6 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Tasered and then he died. Gary Beto, 52, died in police custody after he was tasered. He had mental problems but wasn’t known to be violent, his sister said on Thursday. She described as in a paranoid state: “We couldn’t make sense of it. We tried to get him help.” The […]

USA – Behavior of East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania man who died [following tasering] in police custody atypical, sister says (2013-09-06) )

Posted on September 6 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Tasered and then died. Gary Beto, 52, a man with serious psychiatric problems, died in police custody had mental problems but wasn’t known to be violent, his sister said. Four police departments used pepper spray and a tase4r on him.]] TribLive, by Margaret Harding A man who died in police custody […]

CANADA – Simcoe County, Ontario: Taser death accidental, coroner’s jury rules (2013-07-23)

Posted on July 23 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The five-panel coroner’s inquest jury ruled the death of Aron Firman an “accident”. An autopsy concluded his death was from cardiac arrhythmia and the jury agreed. The cause was due to excited delirium and schizophrenia, with the Taser and a heart defect as contributing factors, the jury determined. Aron’s father is […]

CANADA – Ontario: Parents hope son’s death after being Tasered will be ‘catalyst’ for change (2013-07-19)

Posted on July 19 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : In what’s been described by Ontario’s top pathologist as an “index case”, there are many doubts about what actually cause Aron Firman’s death. Mr Firman, a man with schizophrenia, died in June 2010 after an encounter with Ontario Provincial Police in Collingwood, Ont. Ontario’s police watchdog – the SIU – cleared […]

CANADA – Ontario: Taser plus poor health killed Firman – chief pathologist (2013-06-07)

Posted on June 7 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A healthy person would have survived the Taser jolt that lead to Aron Firman’s death during a police takedown three years ago, Ontario’s chief pathologist told a Coroner’s inquest Tuesday. But Mr Firman suffered from schizophrenia, had an enlarged heart and was in a highly agitated state when the Taser electrodes […]

CANADA – Ontario man’s Taser death ‘index case’ (2013-06-06)

Posted on June 6 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Dr. Michael Pollanen, Ontario’s top pathologist, has described the death of Aron Firman, a mentally ill man, after he was Tasered by police three years ago as an “index case”. Pollanen called the incident “an accident … I have never seen a case where I was confident that you could link […]

CANADA – Taser ‘key factor’ in Ontario man’s death, inquest told (2013-06-05)

Posted on June 5 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The Ontario chief pathologist tells the inquest inquiry into the death of Aron Firman (who died following a taser shot in 2010): “I have never seen a case where I was confident that you could link a Taser as factor in death, until this case … I would say it’s too […]

CANADA – Collingwood, Ontario: Firman a ‘gentle’ individual – doctor (2013-05-10)

Posted on May 10 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A psychiatrist who treated Aron Firman on a number of occasions – he died on 24 June 2010 following the use of a taser – over the course of several years said he found him to be “gentle.” Firman was admitted treatment on 18 separate occasions going back to 2003, suffering […]

USA – San Bernadino, California: Police justified in Tasering of mentally ill man, D.A. says (2012-03-15)

Posted on March 15 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The coroner is unable to find whether the taser caused death but anyway San Bernardino police officers who used a Taser multiple times in October 2009 on Frank Cleo Sutphin, 19, who suffered from schizophrenia and depression and was living at a San Bernardino care facility when he died shortly before he […]

CZECH REPUBLIC – Young Romani – gypsy – man diagnosed with schizophrenia dies after police intervention [equipped with tasers] (2011-12-06)

Posted on December 6 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A young Roma (“gypsy”) man from Děčín who had been diagnosed with schizophrenia dies after he “runs amok”. In this state of psychiatric emergency, the family called the police. The man’s mother heard one of the police officers tell his colleagues over the radio to bring an “electric pistol” (evidently a taser). […]

CANADA – Collingwood, Ontario: Local Health Integration Network (LIHN) working group looking at mental health crisis services (2011-11-30)

Posted on December 2 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : “Good news” are rare in the world of  taser. But here is one such exception. Following the tragic killing of psychiatrically-disturbed Aron Firman after he received just one discharge by the police police in this community 300 km north of Toronto (see our report [here]), the police are moving towards crisis […]

USA – Los Angeles: Man who died after police Tasered him was mentally ill, mom says (2011-11-16)

Posted on November 16 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS: An all too typical case of a man in acute psychiatric distress, his mother calls 911 for help, telling dispatchers it’ll take quite a few personnel to control him, he is “yelling and threatening residents”, the police taser and pepper-spray him. He died while paramedics were putting him in an ambulance. “A coroner’s […]

USA – Maricopa County, Arizona set to pay over $1 million over $1 million to the family of death in Arpaio jail (2011-11-16)

Posted on November 16 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS : Juan Farias Mendoza died in 2007 after being pepper-sprayed and taserd by detention officers in one of Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s jails. He “was exhibiting hallucinatory, or very, very bizarre behavior”. “The staff tried to talk him down. When that didn’t work, they used a pepper ball. When that didn’t work, they tried to […]

NEW ZEALAND – Investigation [into the shooting death of Adam Salter] a ‘disgraceful whitewash’ (2001-10-08)

Posted on October 8 2011 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Adam Salter, a seriously-disturbed  man, died after he was shot dead by the police – an officer shouted a warning that she was discharging her Taser stun gun, but instead fired her pistol.  At the inquest, lawyers for the victim”s family say the critical incident investigation by the police was […]

AUSTRALIA – Investigation into Adam Salter’s death a ‘disgraceful whitewash’ (2011-10-07)

Posted on October 7 2011 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS : An internal police investigation into the death of a mentally ill man who was shot at close range by an experienced sergeant has been branded a “disgraceful whitewash” by lawyers for the victim’s family. Adam Salter, 36, who had a history of depression, psychosis and schizophrenia, was shot dead by […]

AUSTRALIA – Mentally ill son shot by police was only hurting himself, says father [police mix up taser & gun] (2011-09-28)

Posted on September 28 2011 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS : “I heard someone yell ‘Taser’ in a loud voice and shortly after that there was a loud bang,” Ms Lutz said. – This was a severely schizophrenic boy being shot, not tasered as hw was cutting into his own flesh. The 36 year-olf Adam Salter died from the encounter. Police […]

USA – Houston, Texas: A plan to keep mentally ill out of jail (2011-08-22)

Posted on August 22 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: An initiative to be encouraged: Harris county officials approve a pilot program pairing police with mental health workers to deal with mentally disturbed suspects. Sheriff Adrian Garcia said he wants to treat the mentally ill, not jail them . Note this comment, which counters the typical police attitude: “One of the things you’re trying […]