Archive for the 'Police as taser salesmen' Category

USA – Albuquerque: Tentacles of Taser (2014-05-21)

Posted on May 21 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A well-argued blog from Albuquerque points to problems of “single-bidding” for the TASER on-body-cameras, the way the City has been signed into a five-year contract – the cost of the cameras is a minor element ion the $1.9 million contract – the scandalous links between police chief and TASER International and serious […]

USA – Albuquerque: Mayor on Taser dealings: No conflict of interest (2014-04-30)

Posted on April 30 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The scandal continues … Albuquerque’s mayor doesn’t feel the city’s dealings with Taser International present a conflict of interest – despite hiring two consultants with close ties to TASER International to resolve problems identified in a very critical Dept. of Justice report on city police brutality and the identification by the ex-Police […]

USA – Two More Albuquerque, New Mexico Councilors Question Schultz’s Links with Taser (2014-04-30)

Posted on April 30 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS – City councillors charge that ex-police chief recommended TASER as a “sole source supplier” (meaning no counter-officers by other potential suppliers) for body-worn cameras – before quitting and becoming a consultant for TASER International. At one point Chief Schulz emailed to TASER stating that the approval process for the contract ‘has been […]

USA – Albuquerqe, New Mexico Councillor calls for investigation of [Police Chief] Schultz and Taser (2014-04-25)

Posted on April 25 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: the Albuquerque police chief arrange for a multi-million contract with TASER Inc. just before he resigned – and became a consultant for TASER International. Albuquerque City councillors are raising this conflict of interests. Police Chief Ray Schulz claims he is simply goping to “share some of our experiences with TASER Internatonal” (as […]

USA – Albuquerque, New Mexico: TASERGATE Continued: AXON-flex DEFECTIVE PRODUCT (2014-04-24)

Posted on April 24 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Two stories here: (1) The Albuquerque police chief signed a $1.9 million deal with TASER to adopt the AXON on-body camera system. Just afterwards the police chief retired and immediately started working as a consultant for TASER International. (2) The Taser “AXON” Flex camera has proven to be a less than reliable […]

USA – TASER International: TASER Professional Services (2013-10-01)

Posted on October 1 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : On its blog, TASER Inc. now offering “TASER Professional Services” to facilitate planning & implementation of TASER solutions particularly adoption of new AXON video cameras, i.e. this will strengthen the interdependence of police work and the corporate agenda. “With TASER, a law enforcement agency is our partner & its success is […]

USA – “Is TASER’s Rick Smith the Steve Jobs of police technology?” (2012-11-27)

Posted on November 27 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Is TASER International the world’s greatest corporation? The Police are told “Yes”. The influential PoliceOne website chief editor argues that CEO Rick Smith is probably finer than Apple’s Steve Jobs. The differences are that Mr Smith is easier to relate to, less secretive and “TASER is laser-focused (pun intended) on protecting life […]

USA – “What is ‘The TASER Experience’ anyway?” (2012-11-27)

Posted on November 27 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The police adulation of the taser reaches almost orgasmic proportions in this article by the influential editor of the PoliceOne website: How long does the experience last? he asks. “The answer is that the TASER Experience is not about time, it’s about totality. It’s about completeness. It’s about ubergeek terms like “end-to-end […]

USA – Arizona: Purchase of Tasers for Department of Public Safety questioned – Officer who submitted request has ties to firm (2011-12-09)

Posted on December 9 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The Arizona Department of Public Safety (state police) just increased its order for 800 new taser from $800,000 to a new order for 1,000 newer-model Tasers and accessories at a cost of more than $1.9 million. – This was the decision of one man, Sgt. Bud Clark, who failed to declare […]

USA – PoliceOne: Taser Master Training [interview] (2009)

Posted on December 31 2009 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT: a video available At the site describes what training taser-instructors involves:2 days of hard training, including information on the latest taser products for telling the folks back home…]] In a video available on-line … Betty Brenner Smith (BBS), journalist with is talking to Rick Guilbault (RG), taser master-instructor (Taser symbol […]

ANALYSIS / USA – Death by Taser – The Killer Alternative to Guns (2006-11-18)

Posted on November 18 2006 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Long touted as a safer alternative to handguns for law enforcement, tasers are potentially deadly weapons that have a growing history of abuse by police and security guards. This in-depth article – 3,800 words – was published shortly after an unwarranted and brutal taser attack on a UCLA student in the University […]