Archive for the 'Taser dysfunctioning' Category

USA – Acting New Jersey attorney general considering easing stun gun regulations (2014-05-12)

Posted on May 12 2014 by admin

  [[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The Attorney General is considering whether to review and ease New Jersey’s strict regulations governing the use of stun guns by police officers. New Jersey was the last state in the country to approve the use of stun guns. Last year cheaper tasers were withdrawn for inadequate reliability. Regulations allow police […]

USA – Video: Texas officer fatally shoots knife-wielding suspect (2014-05-08)

Posted on May 8 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A very brief report: Taser unable to subdue a suspect – A video captures the fatal Nov. 4 shooting of suspect, Michael Blair, holding a knife after officers deploy a TASER multiple times.]] Houston Chronicle, by Mike Glenn ROSENBERG, Texas — A video released Wednesday shows the last few minutes in the life […]

CANADA – Mounties say Taser didn’t work on distraught Saskatchewan man (2014-05-01)

Posted on May 1 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY/COMMENTS: rcmp says a taser didn’t work on a man “who had weapons” – only then did they call in crisis negotiators, a police dog unit and the Emergency Response Team.]] PILOT BUTTE, Sask. – Saskatchewan RCMP say they fired a Taser at a man but it didn’t work. Mounties say they were called […]

USA – Phoenix, Arizona: Video: ‘Crazed man dies after resisting TASER, attacking cops’ (2014-04-15)

Posted on April 15 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: (See video here) A post from the police PoliceOne website shows that continued use of a taser against a man – 38-year-old Edward Michael Caruth – after he was handcuffed. A TASER was deployed multiple times, but did not stop him, failed initially to subdue him, after the TASER was deployed multiple […]

USA – Denver, Colorado: Police Use Taser On Stabbing Suspect But See ‘No Effect’ (2014-04-15)

Posted on April 15 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Taser proving unreliable …. “Officers confronted the suspect in a stabbing incident and attempted to Taser him when he failed to follow commands,” Aurora police wrote in a prepared statement. “The Taser had no effect.”]] CBS-Denver AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – Police believe the suspect in an early Tuesday morning stabbing in Aurora […]

USA – California: East Hollywood fatal officer-involved shooting investigation underway (2014-04-13)

Posted on April 13 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Unclear here whether the taser may have contributed to a homeless man’s death. Probably not, just police over-reaction: Los Angeles police use a taser in an altercation with a knife-armed suspect. Witnesses say the suspect was a homeless man who usually frequents the area. They described him as being elderly, between 70 […]

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 […]

AUSTRALIA – Queensland: State Police Minister Jack Dempsey confirms police may soon be wearing surveillance gear (2014-03-24)

Posted on March 24 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Queensland Police are expected to have body-worn video cameras under a plan being considered, although this will be very expensive. A 2011 review – which was only released under Freedom of Information statutes – found Taser Cams were operationally ineffective, but recommended investigating body-worn cameras to record all use-of-force incidents after an […]

MALTA – Shots fired during Hal Far protest (2014-02-25)

Posted on February 25 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Asylum seekers in Malta were apparently targeted by tasers, which failed to function, in a protest over conditions in a detention centre on the island of Malta.[]] Malta Today, by Roberta Pecorella Over 70 detainees at Hal Far reported to have damaged furniture inside detention centre, after arrival of four MPs on […]

USA – Deputies: Greenville, South Carolina Man fights cops, throws Taser probes back at them (2014-02-04)

Posted on February 4 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Curtis Hall, 53, became agitated and jumped on an officer resisting a shot from a Taser. He just took the probes off and threw it back at officers. When more deputies arrived, they were able to help take the man down and arrest him. Mr Hall was charged with two counts of […]

USA – Audit faults Palo Alto, California officer for firing Taser at bicyclist (2014-01-08)

Posted on January 8 2014 by admin

  Palo Alto Weekly, by Gennady Sheyner [[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Cyclist tasered violating police department policy. The officer fired a Taser at a 16-year-old bicyclist who was not stopping for stop signs before another officer used a police car to block the boy’s path and capture him. The taser, the report notes, had no apparent […]

USA – Police … Kill Unarmed Man in North Carolina Who Was Seeking Help (2013-09-15)

Posted on September 15 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A case of the dysfunctioning of a taser – against a person who was perhaps calling 911 for help … : Jonathan Ferrell was killed at the scene after a taser, used multiple times, didn’t work – he was then shot. Police later found his wrecked car and say it’s likely […]

USA – Yaphalt, New York: Resident of Long Island group home dies after being hit with police Taser, pepper spray (2013-07-23)

Posted on July 23 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Following a high-speed chase, tasers fired by two Wilmington officers malfunctioned Sunday night when the first stun gun shot did not hit Deomain Hayman, 28, and the second appeared to have no effect on a man who later died at a hospital, a preliminary police investigation indicates. The stun guns were […]

USA – Lancaster, Pennsylvania: Taser’s uneven performance (2013-07-02)

Posted on July 2 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A knife-wielding homeless man was fatally tasered on June 10 after lunging at a Lancaster police officer. But the results of taser use are far from clear. Two cases: the Taser’s barb hit a fleeing homeless man, but he pulled it out and continued to run. A second time, the barb […]

USA – Rio Vista, California purchases new tasers … [details on costs, warranties, etc,.] (2013-03-07)

Posted on March 7 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : This report is of interest as showing the need to replacve the taser inventory in a California city: Taser life expectancy is approximately 5 years. Over the past 2 years, many of the current inventory tasers have encountered internal software malfunctions, possibly due to the exceeded service life. The cost to […]

UK – Londonderry, Northern Ireland Police ‘correct’ to use Taser against hatchet man (2013-01-23)

Posted on January 23 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Our interest here is in the unreliability of the taser (X26): Police may gave been justified in using a Taser against a bare-chested man who was threatening a crowd with a hatchet, but when an officer tried to fire it, the weapon malfunctioned, and the officer pulled the trigger a further three […]

USA – Oak Lawn, Illinois: Taser Has No Effect on Fleeing Shoplifter, Cops Say (2013-01-17)

Posted on January 17 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Another case of the taser not working: Limmie E. Varner, 46 was running away from a grocery store with stolen alcohol, police said. They shot multiple taser prongs but the taser prongs had no effect, reports said. The prongs stuck to his multiple layers of clothing but did not have contact with […]

USA – Details emerge in Mount Joy, Pennsylvania death (2012-09-18)

Posted on September 19 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A former Mount Joy Borough police officer fired his Taser 15 times, with bursts lasted from two seconds to 28 seconds — 119 seconds total — during a 10-minute span, while trying to gain control of , 61-year-old Robert Neill Jr., who was known to have «mental issues» who died a short […]

USA – Georgia: Jonesboro police chief: ‘Our tasers are malfunctioning’. City council approves purchase of 12 stun gun replacements (2012-09-10)

Posted on September 10 2012 by admin

  [[Summary / Comments : Tasers need replacing after five years …. Taser International, the company which makes the devices, warns police departments that the tasers have a shelf life of five years before they begin to break down. Eight of the Jonesboro Police Department’s 12 tasers are in various stages of breaking down because […]