Archive for the 'TASER Inc. answering criticism' Category

USA – Five Texas Police Departments Ban Tasers (2013-09-28)

Posted on September 28 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: This weekend, five police departments in North Texas — Mansfield, Richland Hills, Crowley, Murphy and Burleson — announced they had removed Taser guns from the list of equipment used by officers. The police are not saying why, but a lawyer report the departments enacted the ban to protect themselves from lawsuits. Amnesty […]

USA – While Connecticut police tout safety of Tasers, others have doubts (2013-04-28)

Posted on April 28 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Marcus Brown, 26, of Waterbury died while in police custody May 1, 2011. He was handcuffed in the back of a patrol car, became combative and was tasered, then became unresponsive and was pronounced dead when he was transported to the hospital. The autopsy found the cause of death to be […]

USA – California Highway Patrol: Caught On Camera: Woman Goes Into Cardiac Arrest During Traffic Stop [where she was tasered 3 times] (2012-11-19)

Posted on November 19 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A video captures the events leading up to a cardiac arrest following the use of a taser. Police found 50-year-old Angela Jones sitting in a parked vehicle. Suspecting she might be under the influence, and then asked to look through her purse. She declined and the police tasered her 3 times. The […]

AUSTRALIA – ‘Delirium’ disorder splits Taser inquests (2012-11-17)

Posted on November 17 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Does “Excited delirium” exist? Coroners Inquiries into two men who died after being shot multiple times by police with a Taser have come down either side of the condition “excited delirium”, which has split the medical community worldwide. Interestingly, the coroner rejected TASER International’s researcher Donald Dawes, who argued that excited delirium  […]

AUSTRALIA – Fresh taser debate sparked in Australia [following inquests into the deaths of two men] (2012-11-14)

Posted on November 14 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Fresh debate has been sparked over the use of Tasers by police, after inquest findings over the death of two men – Queensland man and a Brazilian student – in Australia were handed down today. “they save lives” claims the manufacturer, “police rely on them as a technical quick-fix and move away […]

TASER Inc. – Critique of Dr Zipes’ research (2012-05-07)

Posted on May 7 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT: TASER Inc. denies the validity of Indiana University School of Medicine professor Douglas Zipes’ research: (1) the small number of cases in Zipes’ study are not enough to draw broad conclusions – but its very hard to obtain data on tasers victims; (2) “There have been 3 million uses of Taser devices […]

USA – Tasers can kill, U.S. study says (2012-05-01)

Posted on May 1 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT: Canadian report of the US research by Douglas Zipes: a peer-reviewed study with 8 cases (7 deaths) showing definitively that being shocked with a Taser can cause death through cardiac arrest. “Law enforcement, anybody who uses Tasers, needs to be aware that cardiac arrest may occur,” he said. “Try to avoid a […]

USA – Tasers Pose Risks to Heart, a Study Warns (2012-04-30)

Posted on April 30 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT: Medical experts said on Monday that the new report, published online on Monday in the journal Circulation, makes clear that electrical shocks from Tasers, which shoot barbs into the clothes and skin, can in some cases set off irregular heart rhythms, leading to cardiac arrest. The author of the study, Dr. Douglas […]

USA – American Heart Association study: Tasers can be cause of death [Douglas Zipes research and TASER Inc.’s response] (2012-04-30)

Posted on April 30 2012 by admin

 [[SUMMARY / COMMENT: Douglas Zipes research, showing “the first ever scientific, peer-reviewed evidence that Tasers can cause cardiac arrest and death.” Zipes is a well respected cardiologist and this research was reported in a peer-reviewed journal, so recognized as “scientific”. The article also reports TASER Inc.’s rebuttal of the research and an abstract of the […]

USA – Orlando, Florida: Autopsy Concludes Police Restraints Killed Winter Haven Man (2012-03-16)

Posted on March 16 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Adam Johnson died after repeated jolts from a Taser. He was restrained and tasered by Orlando police during a birthday celebration in 2011. A medical examiner determined the death was a homicide, but prosecutors ruled Orlando police officers didn’t use excessive force and won’t face charges. Medics arrived late, no drugs or […]

USA – Lakeland, Florida Autopsy Concludes Police Restraints Killed Winter Haven Man. (2012-03-16)

Posted on March 6 2012 by admin

[[Summary / Comments : Winter Haven’s Adam Johnson died after repeated jolts from a Taser. Mr Johnson died because of the way Orlando police officers subdued him — including with repeated jolts from a Taser — on the sidewalk at Universal CityWalk, according to the recently released results of a 10-month inquiry into his death. […]

USA / CANADA – PoliceOne: “TASER alarmists call devices ‘urban terrorism'” (2012-01-20)

Posted on January 20 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : PoliceOne picks up ont the TASER Inc. reaction to a news story (not really news) that sensationalizes the findings of a Canadian sociological researcher who “relied on media coverage of the deaths to argue TASERs represent a “teething new urban terrorism” that targets Canadian society’s “hapless,””, Tha ‘National Post’ had comepletely […]

USA – Dallas, Texas Cop sues Taser after riding the lighting [injured following “voluntary” tasering] (2011-11-18)

Posted on November 18 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT : Police “volunteer” for tasering seriously injured in 2009. Andy Butler, a Dallas police officer, filed a lawsuit against Taser International after being willingly zapped with over 50,000 volts of electricity during a Dallas Police Department training session. surgery to repair three herniated discs in his neck, where one was forcing pressure […]

USA – Taser Maker [CEO Rick Smith] Says Device Has Been Law Enforcement ‘Game Changer’ (2011-11-11)

Posted on November 11 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS: In general an investigative report showing TASER in a very positive light. A major U.S. TV network reports – including video footage – on part of the controversy surrounding tasers in the USA: enormous litigation costs for the company. TASER Inc. CEO Rock Smith: “We changed the rules of the game”: instead of […]

TASER Inc. – Taser Company Wants To Move Past the Negativity (2011-09-07)

Posted on September 7 2011 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS “” (?) reports un upbeat article by which TASER Inc. wants to put the bad publicity behind it: salacious headlines – as if the taser actually killed anyone, and emphasize the positive – eg. 75,000 lives saved by the taser since it was introduced.]] Taser Company Wants To Move Past the […]

UK – Taser stun guns and their use in the UK – English and Welsh police have used Tasers since 2008 despite reports indicating a risk to those with pre-existing conditions

Posted on August 24 2011 by admin

[[ Summary / Comments : General article about tasers in the USA and UK, Including TASER Inc’s defense of munitions – citation of one of the worst abuses: “In 2006, Amy Sheil at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston described how a fit, 28-year-old prisoner had died after getting six Taser shocks, giving […]

TASER Inc. – TASER’s CEO Discusses Q2 2011 Results – Earnings Call Transcript (2011-07-31)

Posted on July 31 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS” Every few months, TASER Inc. holds “Earnings conference calls”, which seem to replace AGMs. These are upbeat events, often mentioning interesting developments. They are NOT official reports. After the reading of the “safe-harbor” clause,… (1) The X2 was developed, frankly, for a fraction of the cost that it took us to develop […]

TASER Inc. – Blog: Charlotte, NC and the So Called TASER Death Count Issues (2011-07-23)

Posted on July 23 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The TASER Inc. spin … A blog put out by TASER Inc. decries the association of tasers with deaths – this is part of the campaign organized by the corporatoion to clear its name. Attacking Amnesty International for “skimming” headlines, while the taser has onlt been mentioned as in any way […]

TASER Inc. – “Are TASER Personal Protection Devices Lethal?” (downloaded from 2011-05-22)

Posted on May 22 2011 by admin


USA – Verdict in Taser Wrongful Death Lawsuit Upheld on Appeal (2011-05-18)

Posted on May 18 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: “A federal appeals court has upheld a verdict against Taser International, Inc. in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a man who died after police in California shocked him with the company’s stun gun for 75 seconds. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals refused to vacate a jury’s decision […]