Archive for the 'Taser causing violent response' Category

USA – Wichita, Kansas Man bites police officer after shocked with Taser (2012-11-04)

Posted on November 4 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: This appears to be a clear case of the taser causing a violent reaction. The police version understandably blames the victim, yet he bit a police officer while being arrested AFTER police used Tasers to subdue him for refusing to drop a knife at a Wichita bar. Note that other bar patrons came […]

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 – North Carolina – Local war veteran [tasered then] shot and killed by troopers (2012-01-09)

Posted on January 9 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS. William D. Miller, Jr., 45, died after a sequence that raises questions: he was armed and threatening to shoot at the police (according to the police report); he was then tasered; he then shot at the police with his gun; police returned fire and killed him. Did the pain of the taser […]

USA – Tampa, Florida: Mom disputes account of son’s death after Taser incident (2011-04-07)

Posted on April 7 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: In an all-too-familiar story: 23-year-old Jairious McGhee was suffering from viral meningitis, a serious but very rarely fatal disease, when he was being taken to Hospital for psychiatric evaluation Saturday. McGhee had urinated on himself, and had bloodshot eyes and dry lips, police said. A policeman was flagged down and McGhee became […]

USA – Autopsy: Excited delirium syndrome, not police Taser, killed East Grand Rapids, Michigan man (2009-12-10)

Posted on March 21 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: This is a typical autopsy finding: a “usually placid jazz fan”, Matthew Bolick, “a meteorology student at Central Michigan University”, was praised as a loving brother, an energetic man who was quick with a joke and committed to social justice.” goes into a psychiatric crisis, receives multiple taser shots that fail to […]

NEW ZEALAND – Policeman tasers man under hail of missiles (2011-03-17)

Posted on March 17 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Following an argument, a London-region police officer tasers a suspect and … “ it appears the tasers generated a violent reaction … “As one of the men attempted to attack the officer he discharged the taser. He then took shelter in his patrol car – as the other men threw various missiles […]

CANADA / QUEBEC – Affaire Castagnetta: L’AGIR et l’APUR réitèrent la tenue d’une enquête publique [The Castagnetta affair: AGIR and APUR still demand a Public Inquiry] (2008-08-22)

Posted on August 22 2008 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Press release: Two Quebec community coalitions  representing the right of psychiatric victims – AGIR & APUR – demand a Public Enquiry into all the circumstance surrounding the death of  Claudio Castagnetta. Many questions remain unanswered,. particularly the responsibility of the police, in dealing with Claudio, who was clearly in medical distress following […]