Archive for the 'Severe injury' Category

USA – Settlement reached in Taser case in Benton City, Washington State (2011-04-16)

Posted on May 16 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Benton City (pop. 2800) and West Richland (pop.  35,000) are paying out  $350,000 a settlement over a 2007 Taser incident that caused a skull fracture to Mark Clark. “Clark suffered serious injury when he was shocked by a Taser gun, fell backward and hit his head on the ground, knocking him out, […]

USA – Video, High Tech Taser Rifle being used in Polk County, Florida (2011-05-09)

Posted on May 10 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Looking like “something out of a James Bond movie.”, a local Florida police unit shows of its wireless XREP (Extended Range Electronic Projectile) fired from a 12-guage shot-gun 100 metres away from the victim and more painful, it seems than the X26 $100 cartridges. “John Angleton is the taser coordinator for the […]

USA – Excessive Force: Des Moines, Washington, police needlessly kill Newfoundland dog (2010-11-16)

Posted on February 13 2011 by admin

[[Summary / comments: This story – from a blog, confirmed by many other reports on this incident. November 7, 2010. Large and very friendly Labrador (Rosie) escaped from owner’s yard, neighbour called police to sy she’s found her, not acting aggressively. Police arrive and report “I was approximately 10-15 yards from the dog’s location. I […]

USA – Des Moines, Washington: ‘Misdemeanor Criminal Complaint’ Animal Cruelty Lawsuit Filed Against 2 Police (2012-02-11)

Posted on February 13 2011 by admin

[[ Summary / comments: In this and a series of neighbours’ blogs which appear eminently reliable  … Following 2 taser discharges, the Newfoundld dog (120 lbs, lovable) hid under a neighbour’s bush. Police came and killed Rosie with 4 successive bullets. The dog was threatening no-one. Police said they felt threatened. This tells us a […]

USA – Mississippi: Taser training called dangerous by insurance group

Posted on February 12 2011 by admin

[[GlobalShock: “The private Ridgeland firm that administers the self-funded insurance program for county workers injured on the job is discouraging the use of Tasers in law enforcement training…  The Workers Compensation Trust had received several workers’ compensation claims from county employees for injuries received from being shot with a Taser gun during training. In some […]

USA – Baltimore Teen Falls Off Roof After Taser Used (2011-02-08)

Posted on February 8 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Very brief report from Baltimore local TV news script. “Police accounts” presents the youth as meriting being  tasered. But the reality is the paralyzing taser shock caused the suspect to fall off a roof: “The teen is being treating for back and neck injuries.”]] WBAL-tv … BALTIMORE — A teen is in […]

UK – Wales – IPCC to probe taser gun assault claim (2011-01-29)

Posted on January 29 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The UK Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) reports it will investigate a 2009 episode in which “[a] man says when he was arrested a taser was deployed and hit his head … The alleged incident happened in August 2009 when the man, … says he was hospitalised, receiving up to 12 stitches […]

AUSTRALIA – Western Australia changes taser policy (2010-12-02)

Posted on December 2 2010 by admin

HANE MCLEOD … Western Australia’s police commissioner has moved to address one of the state’s most vexed policing issues – the use of tasers. The commissioner has issued new policies for using the stun guns after several cases of apparent misuse. An officer must now be convinced they or someone else is at risk of […]

(USA) – Taser International settles $2.85 million lawsuit for brain-damaged Californian man (2010-08-12)

Posted on August 12 2010 by admin

Following the earlier Heston decision, Taser International settles for $2.85 million another case – Sephen Butler – rather than go to trial. Attorney “said most of the scientific and medical research about the adverse effects of electric shock from a stun gun is directly or indirectly financed by the company.”

USA – Nick Dial: “TASER – An Officer’s Perspective and a Jolt of Reality” (2010-06-01)

Posted on June 1 2010 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Nick Dial, a certified Arizona police officer specialized in Homeland Security with taser experience presents a particularly coherent – and lengthy – argument concerning many of the problems of taser use by the US police. Interesting because he is a police-officer “speaking out”. Nick Dial provides clear examples to illustrate his case […]

USA – Pasadena, California: Tasers under scrutiny after claims of death and injury (2010-03-03)

Posted on March 3 2010 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS : Steven Butler claims a taser gave him cardiac arrest that led to permanent disability and is sueing the maker of the weapon. He was tasered when, by his own admission, he was drunk and disorderly and refused an order from a police officer in his hometown to get off a city bus. […]

UK – Challenging the violence done by Tasers (2010-01-03)

Posted on January 3 2010 by admin

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has issued a judgment, which classifies the Taser as a heightened level of force and insists that deployment must be justified by an immediate threat posed by the subject. Immediate implications for police with tasers, in USA … and UK.

NEW ZEALAND – Tasers pose new problems for doctors (2009-07-27)

Posted on July 27 2009 by admin

An article in the journal of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine reports limited research into taser implications for those most likely to be shot, such as the mentally ill, those under the influence of drugs and violent offenders, some 60% of people targeted by the weapon. New Zealand emergency doctors worry about the lack of information on how to ntervene.

AUSTRALIA – Tasered man ‘burst into flames’ (2009-07-21)

Posted on July 21 2009 by admin

A man in Western Australia was engulfed in flames when police officers fired a Taser stun gun at him. The police say they used the Taser on Ronald Mitchell, 36, when he ran at them carrying a container of petrol and a cigarette lighter. The police cpommissioner said: “The only other choice they would have had is to use a police-issue firearm, and the consequences would almost certainly have been far more grave.” Comment/Summary: A man in Western Australia was engulfed in flames when police officers fired a Taser stun gun at him. The police say they used the Taser on Ronald Mitchell, 36, when he ran at them carrying a container of petrol and a cigarette lighter. The police cpommissioner said: “The only other choice they would have had is to use a police-issue firearm, and the consequences would almost certainly have been far more grave.”

AUSTRALIA – Western Australia – It was Taser or gun, police say (2009-07-21)

Posted on July 21 2009 by admin

WESTERN Australia’s top cop has defended the use of a Taser gun on a man who burst into flames after allegedly running at police with fuel and a cigarette lighter. Police say Ronald Mitchell, 36, caught alight when police used a Taser on him after responding to reports of petrol sniffing in the remote desert community of Warburton, 1540km northeast of Perth, yesterday. “I can’t discount (that the Taser sparked the flames) but what I can say is there is a very strong possibility the fire was caused by the lighter in the hand of the offender.”

NEW ZEALAND – CATT-Police taser use ‘unprincipled & dangerous’(2008-09-28)

Posted on August 29 2008 by admin

The Campaign Against the Taser (CATT) has expressed deep concern about the Police Commissioner’s decision to introduce Tasers, describing it as unprincipled and dangerous. “More than 40% of incidents between just September 2006 and March 2007 were in breach of the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)”

USA – research – “The impact of conducted energy devices and other types of force and resistance on officer and suspect injuries” (2007)

Posted on December 31 2007 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A research study. Data on 1,645 use-of-force incidents occurring between January 1, 2002 and July 2006 were obtained from two different law enforcement agencies. In a study of two police agencies, “The use of CEDs was associated with reduced odds of officer and suspect injury and the severity of suspect injury in […]

USA – Valentino et al.: Taser X26 Discharges in Swine: Ventricular Rhythm Capture is Dependent on Discharge Vector (Journal of Traumatology, 2007)

Posted on December 31 2007 by admin

GlobalShock: Article in the Journal of Traumatology (2007) by researchers at the Chicago Traumatology Unit. using the X26, with pigs as subjects. Potentially fatal ventricular fibrillation was found in two measures (vectors) used. Daniel J. Valentino, MD, Robert J. Walter, PhD, Andrew J. Dennis, DO, Bosko Margeta, MD, Frederic Starr, MD, Kimberly K. Nagy, MD, […]

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL – USA: Cruelty in control? the stun belt and other electro-shock equipment in law enforcement (1999-06-09)

Posted on June 9 1999 by admin

This report examines the issue of the use of stun belts on prisoners in the USA. It looks at the growing concerns about the safety of such devices and the use of them in court which may interfere with the defendants ability to participate fully in the proceedings.