Archive for the 'Suicide prevention' Category

CANADA – Saskatoon Woman holding knife to own throat disarmed with stun gun (2014-07-07)

Posted on July 7 2014 by admin

[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A case where the taser seems to have been truly beneficial,: Police shocked a woman with a stun gun as she was holding a knife to her own throat Saturday. They tried disarming her before using the taser, but there is no mention of trying to talk her into handing over the […]

CANADA – Saskatchewan Man tasered after threatening self-harm with knife (2014-05-18)

Posted on May 18 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: An unnamed 26-yr-old man is tasered after he allegedly injured someone with a knife before attempting to turn the blade on himself. Insofar as police have access to tasers, this violence against another person followed by potential self-harm is a case of appropriate taser use.]] News Talk Radio Twenty-six-year-old allegedly injured someone […]

UK – Officers’ Taser use justified on suicidal Scottish man (2014-04-24)

Posted on April 24 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Professor John McNeil was threatening to commit suicide. The Acottish Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC) as satisfied that, despite the fact the behaviour of the man resulted in an injury, police were justified in using the less lethal weapon to control and disarm him. He was taken to hospital for treatment […]

AUSTRALIA – Tasers rolled out across country Victoria (2104-04-24)

Posted on April 24 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Wider rollout of tasers in Victoria: Officers in all 24-hour stations in country Victoria will get Tasers after police trialled the devices in six major regional centres, mostly in cases of people either on drugs or alcohol or with mental illness or a combination of factors trying to do harm to themselves […]

USA – Maine Police Chief: Tasers ‘ineffective’ before shooting (2014-03-29)

Posted on March 29 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A case of two tasers malfunctioning – leading police to shooting a suicidal woman March 18 who was wielding a knife. The shooting is under investigation. As the chief explains: tasers don’t work if both barbs don’t penetrate clothing and lodge in the person’s skin. That is a major reason why police […]

USA – Louisiana: Immunity for Cops in Killing of Suicidal Man (2014-03-14)

Posted on March 14 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The taser dysfunctioned twice in attempts by police to stop a suicidal act, holding a knife above his head. “Officer Stephen McGree then fired three shots at Harris, killing him.” A 5th Circuit 3-person panel found the officers reasonably feared for their safety at the moment of the fatal shooting and are […]

USA – Cops: New York trooper uses Taser to save man on bridge (2014-03-11)

Posted on March 11 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Taser to prevent suicide – in this case it worked OK, but it could have been life-threatening … . A 51-yr-old man threatened to jump off a bridge over the Hudson River. As he approached the railing the police tasered him. He wasn’t injured but was sent for a mental health evaluation.]] […]

USA – South Dakota: Review: Officer’s use of Taser on 8-year-old “reasonable” (2013-12-17)

Posted on December 17 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Is it ever reasonable to taser an 8-yr-old? Yes! According to this story …  A South Dakota Department of Criminal Investigation determined that a Pierre Police Department officer did not act unreasonably when he used his Taser on an 8-year-old girl in October. The girl was making “suicidal comments” and holding a […]

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 – Arkansas: Taser use on 8-year-old justified, police in Pierre, South Dakota say (2103-10-09)

Posted on October 9 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : OK  to taser suicidal 8 yr-old girl? While her parents were with a babysitter, a reportedly suicidal 8 yr-old girl stabbed herself in the leg and was holding a 4½-inch knife to her chest when officers arrived, and she refused to put it down and turned the knife towards an officer […]

USA – Pierre, South Dakota police chief defends officer’s use of Taser against girl, 8, who threatened herself (2013-10-08)

Posted on October 8 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The Pierre police chief is defending an officer’s use of an electroshock weapon against an 8-year-old girl who was threatening to harm herself. She was tasered in her with with a babysitter present. Police chief doesn’t apologize: “we can’t control if the threat is eight or 80” and the officer who […]

USA – Brooklyn, New York judge rules that NYPD officers used excessive force in fatal Tasering (2103-10-07)

Posted on October 7 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Will justice finally be done? In September 2008 Iman Morales, a mentally ill man, was Tasered by police on a building ledge, causing him to fall to his death. The police had claimed he was violent as he was hold a long neon light-tube. His family launched a liability lawsuit. A […]

CANADA – Speakers protest expanded police taser use at Toronto City Hall (2013-10-07)

Posted on October 7 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Activists and other local citizens – including from the mental health community, CCLA and the ex-mayor of Toronto, John Sewell – spoke out against plans to expand police use of conducted energy weapons, or tasers, in a public board meeting at Toronto’s City Hall on Sept. 24. Need to improive communication […]

CANADA – More tasers for Toronto police could ‘save lives,’ Chief Blair says (2013-09-24)

Posted on September 24 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Putting tasers in the hands of more Toronto police officers “has the potential to save lives,” says Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair, calling the weapons a “less lethal” option for officers whose alternative might be to reach for a gun. He also cites suicide prevention. And an officer simply displaying the […]

USA – Tasered by cops, St. Louis Park, Minnesota nursing home patient, 76, dies (2013-08-22)

Posted on August 22 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Is the taser appropriate for suicide prevention? – Not in this case! On 14 July 2013 76-yr-old Zheng Diao, who didn’t speak English, was threatening to commit suicide, with a knife to his throat in a nursing home. Police used the Taser to try to prevent him from harming himself, he […]

USA – Arizona: Nonviolent Man Dies After Phoenix Police Taser Him on His Own Roof (2013-08-21)

Posted on August 21 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A brief report: Police order 44-year-old Michael Angel Ruiz to come down from his roof. They try talking him down, then taser him. He jumped down and police dragged him handcuffed down the stairs. Video shows his unsupported head hitting the stairs repeatedly on the way down. Witnesses say at least […]

CZECH REPUBLIC – Sebevraha v Brně policisté odlákali na cigaretu, pak ho zasáhli taserem [Suicide in Brno police lured by a cigarette, then hit him with a Taser] (2013-06-26)

Posted on June 26 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : (Note this is a an edited google translation from Czech – the original appears in italics below.) Brno Riot Police respond to a call from a 23-yr-old’s mother about her son who was drunk and attempting suicide. The police copme and taser him on the balcony apartment. ]] Novinky.cz The dramatic […]

USA – Denver, Colorado – Guy Guthrie, suicidal man with BB gun, dies after being Tased (2013-06-03)

Posted on June 3 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Last weekend police used a Taser against a suicidal man now identified as Guy Guthrie, 55. He was armed, but only with a BB gun — and died about an hour later. Mr Guthrie had been making suicidal statements, and his brother thought he was under the influence of drugs, according […]

USA – Augusta, Maine: Threat of Taser use often enough for deputies. Devices often not used when deputies pull (2013-05-19)

Posted on May 19 2013 by admin

[[Summary / Comments : This is a rare case of a US police statement that the presentation of a taser – defined as “use” in the United Kingdom & New Zealand – may be sufficient to restrain a suspect – but still the taser was discharged in 32/68 times it was drawn last year.]] Augusta […]

UK – Police outline taser policy after Bannockburn, Scotland incident (2013-05-10)

Posted on May 10 2013 by admin

[[Summary / Comments : Police used a taser last weekend to incapacitate an unnamed 15-year-old boy who had been threatening to harm himself with a knife in Bannockburn. The youth was taken to hospital and treated for minor injuries believed to be self-inflicted.]] May 10 2013 by John Rowbotham, Stirling Observer Stirling MP Anne McGuire […]