Archive for the 'Taser abuse (up to 2011)' Category

UK – Amnesty International criticises police over Taser use (2014-01-13)

Posted on January 13 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A police force that almost doubled its use of Tasers last year has been criticised by Amnesty International UK. Thames Valley police revealed that its officers deployed electric stun guns 119 times in 2013, compared with 61 occasions in 2012. Amnesty International UK has called for the use of the weapons to […]

USA – Miami, Florida: ‘To Avoid Physical Incident,’ Cops Taser and Kill Teenage Graffiti Artist (2013-08-08)

Posted on August 8 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Israel Hernandez-Llach, 17-years-old, was already an award-winning artist, on the threshold of acclaim in Miami Beach art circles. It was while spray-painting a shuttered McDonald’s early Tuesday morning that Hernandez-Llach was chased down by Miami Beach police and shot in the chest with a Taser. He later died. Friends and family […]

USA – Chicago, Illinois: World War II veteran, 95, died after police shot him with TASER and bean bag rounds for ‘threatening care home staff with his CANE’ (2013-08-07)

Posted on August 7 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : John Wrana, a 95-year-old world War II veteran died after being Tasered and hit with bean bag rounds by police for threatening care home staff – but his family insist he was killed unnecessarily. Officers claim he picked up a 6-inch knife, but his family’s attorney alleges that care home staff […]

USA – Fort Worth, Texas Police TASER Use On The Rise – I-Team (2013-08-06)

Posted on August 6 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A 12-yr-old child hit by a police taser is just one of dozens of cases where someone was exposed to a TASER by a Fort Worth police officer and seriously injured. In 2012, 113 people in Fort Worth were exposed to a TASER, 25 were injured. So far this year police […]

UK – Brighton, Sussex Police investigate claims that officer attacked man after he was Tasered (2013-07-09)

Posted on July 9 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Brighton Police are investigating video footage that is said to show an officer kicking a man moments after he was shot with a Taser gun on Brighton seafront on Friday evening. The video is said to show the man being kicked forcefully in the leg after he is shot with the […]

USA – Allegheny County, Pensylvania: Number of hits DA’s focus in Millvale Taser case (2013-01-19)

Posted on January 19 2013 by admin

 [[Summary / Comments : Allegheny County prosecutors are trying to determine how many times a Millvale police officer stunned a handcuffed man, Thomas J. Smith, 27, – who has a host of mental health issues as his family has indicated – last fall in an incident that was captured on video. “Tasers are weapons. They’re […]

USA – Salt Lake City, Utah Family gets $2M settlement from Hurricane in Taser death (2013-01-08)

Posted on January 8 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Hurricane city (population 14,000) has paid $2 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of Brian Cadall who died in 2009 after being shocked twice with a Taser by police. The family of Brian Cardall, who had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, continues their advocacy work with National […]

USA – Pennsylvania: Snyder County Prison guard fired for Taser prank [against a prison nurse] (2013-01-07)

Posted on January 7 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Shoukld we worry about guards using tasers inside prisons? In this bizarre case, a guard tasers a prison nurse after she pulled a prank on him (involving the officer’s lunch box). He was fired, but his union (the Teamsters’ local branch) us saying “He should be disciplined, but discharging him is too […]

USA – Allegheny, Pennsylvania: Video Surfaces Of Police Using Taser on Handcuffed Suspect (2013-01-7)

Posted on January 7 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Tasered while handcuffed – and in psychiatric distress. 27-year-old Thomas J. Smith, of Millvale, is handcuffed and sitting on the floor, inside a Police Station. He’s seen in a video at this site first striking his head repeatedly and then moments later, while still handcuffed, a police officer is seen using a […]

USA – West Palm Beach, Florida Police Caught on Video Punching Man With Taser and Kicking Him in the Head (2013-01-03)

Posted on January 3 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A video – viewable at this link – from a camera phone shows clearly police kicking a man in the head and punching him with a Taser gun – one sure sign: drawn from the left holster – after he was no longer resisting. Note the taser wasn’t discharged, just used for […]

ISRAEL – Judges slams police officer for use of taser gun (2012-12-16)

Posted on December 16 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: (A very brief report) A magistrate in Petah Tikva – a city (pop.210,00) 11 km east of Tel Aviv – says police had no justification for tasering multiple times a detainee who was bound at the time. ]] Ynet-news,com The Petah Tikva Magistrate’s court criticized a local police officer who used his […]

AUSTRALIA – Tasers in the spotlight – comforting myths and shocking realities (2012-12-05

Posted on December 5 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The Conversation [an independent source of analysis, commentary and news from the university and research sector ), Monash University [20 minutes out of Melbourne], publishes this inciteful commentary on two recent taser coronial findings. Five Australians have died following use of the taser. In the case of Brazilian Roberto Curti, there was […]

USA – Salt Lake City, Utah Police use Taser gun on mentally challenged man – twice (2012-12-04)

Posted on December 4 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Salt Lake police are being accused of tasering a mentally challenged man twice and booting the man out onto the street alone. Hisd family says he was “ abused, frightened and humiliated.” Michael Grant is a paranoid schizophrenic, who’s 85% deaf, with impaired vision, and a low I.Q. Elms said last month […]

USA – Shocking video catches Oklahoma police officer using TASER on woman in handcuffs (2012-11-29)

Posted on November 29 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: On June 24 2012, the City of MacAlester police tasered Nakina Wiliams while in the chest at point-blank range while she is restrained in jail. – and the Daily Mail posts the video of this “shocking scene”. In the video, Ms Williams doesn’t fall to the ground during the attack but her […]

AUSTRALIA – ‘Poor judgment’: Taser case to be reviewed (2012-11-28)

Posted on November 28 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: New South Wales NSW Police will investigate a second Taser incident from the night Brazilian student Roberto Curti was killed (see under SEARCH): a Sydney court has found the user of a Taser to subdue Marcello Jimenez on March 18, just two hours before Mr Curti was Tasered up to 14 times, […]

AUSTRALIA – Human Rights Law Centre: “Police are too quick to draw their Tasers” (2012-11-15)

Posted on November 15 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Following two coroner’s reports on deaths following tasering, a leading figure in the Human Rights Law Centre argues for the urgent need for more rigorous police training and more stringent regulatio In the report on Brazilian student Roberto Curti, the coroner likened the police to “schoolboys in Lord of the Flies” and […]

AUSTRALIA – Taser death: student was ‘no threat’ (2012-11-15)

Posted on November 14 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Unequivocal taser abuse … Five police officers involved in a “reckless, careless, dangerous and excessively forceful” pursuit of Brazilian student Roberto Laudisio Curti will be fighting for their careers as the force’s watchdog examines whether any should face criminal charges such as assault and perjury. State coroner Mary Jerram handed down a […]

AUSTRALIA – Police brutal during Taser death arrest: witness [at inquest of Roberto Laudisio Curti] (2012-11-04)

Posted on November 4 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: An eyewitness says the police police behaved like a “mob of gangsters” in the arrest in which Roberto Laudisio Curti died. He saw “six to seven police chasing a topless man with his jeans falling down” and then setting upon him in a “brutal” way. Mr Curti, 21, was tasered multiple times by […]

AUSTRALIA – Spratt taser investigation handballed (2012-10-24)

Posted on October 24 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Kevin Spratt, an indigenous man, was tasered multiple times by officers in Wersdtern Auistralia in 2008. His case has since been passed from one agency to another, has been hand-balled from agency to agency, despite the transparency of the videotape evidence (available on this site). A parliamentary report is also critical of […]

UK – Campaigners raise concerns over increased police Taser use (2012-10-21)

Posted on October 22 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Taser use in England rose by 45% in 2011 and the numbers are expected to continue to increase. Mistaken deployment of Taser on a Lancashire blind man – mistaking his blind-stick for a taser – and other incidents spark calls for more police control and restraint. A few weeks earlier, James McCarthy, […]