Archive for the 'Police/Community relations' Category

USA – Thomaston, Georgia Taser Incident Sparks Outrage, More Alleged Victims Coming Forward (2014-06-18)

Posted on June 18 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: People in Thaston are organizing to protest against a police officer accused of brutality. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is reviewing an incident from June 11, where Tobin used a taser on 25-year-old Kelcey Rockemore, supposedly “because he made a sudden turn toward the officer”, following complaints that he had been “loitering” […]

UK – Taser deployment in London [Response to police union position] (2013-10-24)

Posted on October 24 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : London Police Commission chair denies political interference in police taser use but argues that “Britain has a proud tradition of unarmed policing, if that is to be significantly altered by the roll out of ever larger numbers of less-lethal weapons the public have a right to be engaged before the policy […]

USA – Syracuse, New York activists demand investigation of police hitting disabled man with Taser (2013-08-07)

Posted on August 7 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A group of activists today demanded that Syracuse and Onondaga County officials investigate why a disabled man who was tasered and dragged off a bus. Brad Hulett was tasered on May 3 because he would not sit down on a bus.He suffered brain damage in 1991 when he was hit by […]

USA – Vermont holds forum on ‘stun gun’ use by police (2013-03-11)

Posted on March 11 2013 by admin

[[Summary / Comments: At a public forum in Montpelier, Vermont called by the attorney-general following the June 2011 death of Macadman Mason, the police call for more access to tasers, arguing the taser reduces polices injuries and are helpful in cases of suicide prevention and are more traceable than other uses-of-force. A representative of Disability […]

USA – ACLU opposes San Francisco Police Department taser deployment (2013-01-06)

Posted on January 6 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: This article is particularly important in showing that better Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) – see section in italics –  is needed,  rather than taser deployment. The ACLU is leading opposition to providing the San Francisco Police Department Crisis Intervention Team officers with tasers, emphasizing that costly tasers would generate heavy legal fees […]

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, […]

UK – ‘If you give the police more Tasers, don’t be shocked by the result’ (2012-10-21)

Posted on October 21 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: When the police ask for extra weaponry in the struggle to defend our civil liberties, it’s time to start worrying. Last June the Police Federation wrote to the prime minister asking for the number of Tasers to be treble. The tasering of an elderly blind man who’d already suffered from two strokes […]

USA – New Haven, Connecticut: Chief Vows Review Of All Taser Fires (2012-01-26)

Posted on January 26 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Police Chief tells a neighborhood meeting: we will examine how his officers deploy the newly popular taser weapon—every time they pull the trigger. Citizens complaining of over-use against young trouble-makers are told: “Tasers are a great tool. They actually save lives.” – with no substantiation. New Haven Independent, by Allan Appel […]

USA – Hindsight 2011 – Two seasoned police vets share their perspective on the year [Reaching for the taser too quickly] (2011-12-12)

Posted on December 12 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Two “seasoned”- read “older-generation” police officers discuss 2011 in this online police news-service. While acknowledging the value of tasers, one officer says: “ The introduction of the Taser is a great step forward, however with its issue, I see officers reaching for the Taser way too quickly. We have lost our ability […]

USA – Columbia, Missouri: police chief faces calls for ouster [for ending police abuse, including taser] (2011-11-30)

Posted on November 30 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Columbia Police Chief Ken Burton is facing major criticism for “sacrificing employee morale, endangering officers’ safety and harming the force’s reputation.” – by trying to lean up his police unit: . “When you’re trying to implement a system of accountability where there was none, you’re going to get pushback.” Burton presided over […]

UK – Why giving the Met – the London Police – more Tasers is not the answer (2011-11-23)

Posted on November 24 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS: In an editorial, the author, an “ardent fan of draconian discipline and parameters for young people” argues a major increase in tasers for the police “could be both inflammatory and spectacularly counter-productive”, especially in areas where there are high density ethnic minority populations, where exuberance and lack of respect for authorities is likely […]

NEW ZEALAND – “Don’t blame Police or tasers” – Watchdog (2011-08-30)

Posted on August 30 2011 by admin

[[ Summary / Comments: In a press release. New Zealand police argue that they are unfairly blamed for their treatment on the mentally disturbed after the Mental Health Foundation called for a formal review of police use of Tasers after figures released this week showed four out of 10 of those tasered in the past […]

USA – American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona: Tasers: A force to be reckoned with (2011-06-30)

Posted on June 30 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Contrary to claims by Taser proponents, the frequency of deployment of lethal force has not declined with the advent of Tasers. Criticism of police use of the weapon has mounted around the country. Arizona has not escaped this controversy. Transparency will also promote positive community relations in light of controversy surrounding Taser […]

NEW ZEALAND – Mental Health Foundation NZ response to “Social Crisis Incidents: Issues, Implication and Opportunities ” (2011-06-02)

Posted on June 2 2011 by admin

[[Summary / Comments: The New Zealand Mental Health Foundation calls on national police to “ensure that people experiencing mental distress in social crisis incidents … are cared for in the least intrusive fashion possible, not put into police custody without sound reason, and that social crises are used to better plan a person’s recovery … […]

USA – New Report Details Eugene, Oregon, Police Department Accomplishments and Challenges [Taser use substantially down] (2011-05-23)

Posted on May 24 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Eugene, Oregon is working seriously to improve relations with the ublic, part of this involving reduced taser usage: “Last year EPD used a taser 20 times — much less than the previous year — and extremely low compared to other cities across the U.S.”]] greenwich.patch.com, by Jessica Debbas EUGENE, Ore. — Eugene’s […]

USA – Washington, DC: Police Executive Research Forum (PERC): “2011 Electronic Control Weapons Guidelines” (2011-04-22)

Posted on April 24 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: GlobalShock does not believe that new guide-lines are a panacea, but they can provide increased protection as long as the taser is in use.  The “PERF 2011 Guidelines” are, we believe ground-breaking,  from a widely-respected US forum (Police Executive Research Forum: PERF) – developed for and with the U.S. Department of Justice, […]

CANADA / QUEBEC – Utilisation du taser – “Cela ne devrait pas arriver, point final!” [Tasering a Downs Syndrome patient just should not happen – no ifs or buts!] (2009-10-04)

Posted on October 4 2009 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS : A man suffering from Down’s syndrome is tasered in a residential units for the cognitively impaired in Quebec City. A group defending the rights of the mentally impaired population, along with other groups helping the psychiatrically-disturbed, says there is no place for tasers in such settings, especially for those targeted, but also […]

SWEDEN – The union wants stun guns – but the National Police says no (2009-01-26)

Posted on January 26 2009 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : (This is a translation) The issue of tasers arises almost every time someone is shot. The Police Federation chairman has spoke out again and he wanted police to have stun guns. But the head of the National Police Board. The Board is no longer trying to introduce tasers: US research has […]

SPAIN – Las temibles pistolas eléctricas [Taser: the dreaded electric pistol] (2007-11-23)

Posted on November 23 2007 by admin

[[Summary / Comments: We translate (via google translator, then corrected – the original is in italics after the translation) an article on police access and use of tasers in Spain, where police have nearly 340 Taser stun, mainly in the Canary Islands, where they were adopteed in 2001. In Madrid there are only two. One […]