Archive for the 'Taser creep' Category

UK – Tory London councillor sparks controversy after calling for police to taser aggressive drunks (2014-04-29)

Posted on April 29 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A conservative London councillor calls for taser creep: the police should deploy Taser guns on aggressive drunks. Camden council said Mr Bucknall’s views did not reflect those of the local authority… ]] London Evening Standard, by James Watt A London councillor has sparked controversy by calling for police to deploy Taser guns […]

USA – Muscatine County, Iowa Democrats say sheriff is ‘covering up’ details in Taser case (2014-01-24)

Posted on January 24 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A County Sheriff Dave White is refusing to publicly disclose how he determined that no rules or policies were broken during an incident on 7 October 2013 where one of his jail employees used a Taser four times on a mentally disabled woman in an effort to force her to change her […]

USA – California Federal Appellate Court Ruling On Tasers May Have Local Implications (2013-12-15)

Posted on December 15 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals has issued a comprehensive ruling that limits the use of Tasers by police against low-level offenders who seem to pose little threat and may have mental illness. The specific case involves an emotionally disturbed individual who was shot with a Taser. He was described as […]

UK – London: Taser use should be ‘a last resort’ (2013-10-15)

Posted on October 16 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The user of Tasers by the Metropolitan Police Service (M’PS – London Police) needs to be ‘very closely monitored’ and ‘a last resort’, a report, issued the London Police and Crime Committee has said today. The 2012 decision to nearly triple the number of MPS officers trained to use Taser and […]

UK – London Assembly demands transparency over expansion of police weaponry (2013-10-15)

Posted on October 15 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The London Assembly report “Arming the Met” (Met = London police) challenges the decision to triple the number of tasers for front-line police, failing to explain why more weapons are needed or properly consult the public about the deployment. Usage and usage-creep are expected to rise, especially if training courses are […]

CANADA – Simcoe, Ontario: ‘This can be a very dangerous weapon in the wrong hands’ (2103-09-25)

Posted on September 25 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The debate on taser-rollout continues in Ontario. Critics point to the number of deaths of people arrested after being shocked and say they fear Tasers will be a replacement for poor policing skills. Police say thjere wilkl be adequate training and police must follow strict guidelines.]]

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 […]

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 […]

UK – Schoolgirl tells of horror at police for using Taser on pet Staffordshire dog and shooting it dead after it ‘nipped’ two people (2012-04-10)

Posted on April 10 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT: Is it appropriate for police to taser pet dogs who are getting sometwhat aggressive? Surely there is over-reaction in this case. Schoolgirl Sydni Ryan, 12, suffered a graze on the shin as she guided a friend’s Staffordshire bull terrier collie cross back into her house. ‘They had no reason to Taser and […]

NEW ZEALAND – Double-shot Tasers safer than alternatives – police (2012-03-28)

Posted on March 28 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: New Zealand police are confident that introducing the new X2 double-taser will improve policing – since the X26 often didn’t work! Two cases where the X26 failed to incapacitate leading to shooting. This is strongly criticized by the “Campaign against the Taser”who argue the police need to develop de-escalation techniques, and by […]

AUSTRALIA – “Deadly weapons: We must ban Tasers” (2012-03-25)

Posted on March 25 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Ther Australian “Green Left” comes out strong;ly against the use of tasers, flowing the 18 March death of Roberto Laudisio Curti. The teaser5 is not “non-lethal” and the evidence indicates police do not use Tasers as an alternative to deadly force, since gun use does not decline with the introduction of tasers. […]

ANALYSIS / USA : Poughkeepsie, N.Y. : Neswpaper conducts detailed analysis of taser use (2012-02-20)

Posted on February 20 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A series of four carefully-researched articles in the Poughkeepsie Journal based on data – 467 Taser use reports from 19 local police agencies – obtained through the Freedom of Information Law shows systematic taser abuse by police officers: (1) Blacks are targeted much more often than their numbers in communities would predict; […]

USA -Illionois State legislater calls for requiring police to track Taser use – Chicago lawmaker wants detailed reports about electroshock weapons (2012-02-07)

Posted on February 7 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Spurred by an explosion in Taser use by police, a state legislator from Chicago is pushing a bill that would force local police departments to inform the state of every shock an officer delivers to a civilian – just as they have to do in the United Kingdom.Some officers, it appears, are […]

USA – Cumberland County, North Carolina: Sheriff’s deputies use Taser on woman blocking McDonald’s drive-through (2012-02-03)

Posted on February 3 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A typical case of the taser used for compliance: a woman jumps the line-up at a McDonald’s drive-in. She refuses to wait in line. Staff call the police, she still refuses (no violence on her part). After 20 minutes of refusing: … “Two or three officers entered the car with her […]

USA – Montara, California: Congresswoman wants dog walker stun gun case investigated (2012-02-02)

Posted on February 2 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS:  Gary Hesterberg, walks two small dogs – not pitbulls! – and is tasered for violating Park byelaws, walking the dogs off-leashs and refusing to give the officer his right name.  We have already posted this information. It is now escalating, picked up a Democrat congresswoman . “Many of my constituents are understandably […]

USA – San Antonio, Texas: Tagging suspect hit with taser, 2 arrested (2012-01-24)

Posted on January 24 2012 by admin

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USA – North Carolina Officer Uses Taser On High School Student (2012-01-12)

Posted on January 12 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A police officer steps in to break up a fight between two 17-year-old cousins punching it out in the school grounds, like kids often do, no-one else involved, tasers one of them and arrests him. The school director and police say this was an appropriate response by the police-officer. Watch the […]

UK – Young disabled Pakistani man tasered & assaulted by police on New Year’s Eve in Staffordshire (2012-01-06)

Posted on January 6 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Pakistani Aslam was stopped by the police on New Year’s Eve after leaving a petrol station on the M6 without paying for £20 worth of petrol. During this, despite being disabled and being in a wheelchair he was attacked by a number of officers with batons/koshes and tasered and was subsequently denied […]

USA – Cleveland, Ohio: Exclusive: Attorney Says Officers’ Use of Taser was ‘Torturous’ (2012-01-04)

Posted on January 4 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Aaron Hayward’s lawyer charges that the Cleveland police conducted a racially motivated, illegal home invasion during the early morning hours of January 23, 2011. They broke down the front door of the Hayward family home using the butt of a shotgun. 39-year-old Aaron Hayward was tased 5 or 6 times in […]