Archive for the 'Threats to use taser' Category

UK – Police use of taser statistics, England and Wales, 2012 to 2013 (2014-03-27)

Posted on March 27 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: An official quarterly statistical report on taser use by the police in the United Kingdom. Note the different definitions of “use”, of which “firing” is the highest. The three major findings: Total police use of taser increased between 2012 and 2013, continuing the trend seen since 2009; The percentage of uses where […]

CANADA – Vancouver cops credit ‘clear guidelines’ with Taser use drop (2012-05-18)

Posted on May 18 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT : A healthy trend: substantial decline in taser use: Vancouver police dept officers used Tasers 93 times in 2006, 74 times in 2007, 27 times in 2008 – with fewe officers being trained and carrying the Taser. Only 7 incidents – with two of them involving discharges – in first 4 months […]

UK – Police reveal Taser gun has been used 25 times in North Devon (2011-12-29)

Posted on December 29 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Note the precise data available, but note also how the taser is becoming the standard for “potential violence” and so becoming increasingly widely used un the UK. Here are 25 uses – but actually fired only 8 times – in a relatively small area in south-west England with a population in the […]

UK – London Police: Response to YouTube footage of Taser (2011-12-27)

Posted on December 27 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : In an official statement, London Metropolitan Police denydischarging the taser in the crowded 26 December murder of an 18-year-old man in Oxford Street in what appears a gang slaying. This is contradicted by the distinct rattle-snake sound audible on the Daily Mail video posted earlier. That sound can only be the […]

ISRAEL – Activists [threatened by tasers] on Gaza-bound vessels detained (2011-11-05)

Posted on November 5 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS: “There were taser guns [not used] and water cannons used but once they were on board they realised there were non-violent activists and they had the ship under control.” – as Israeli navy intercepted two boats – Canadian vessel Tahrir and the Irish boat MV Saoirse were in international waters, between 64km to […]

ISRAEL – Beit Shemesh shows Israel at a crossroads [an ultra-orthodox Rabbi says taser used against ultra-orthodox demonstrators] (2011-11-01)

Posted on November 1 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS : An ultra-orthodox rabbi write in the Jerusalem Post: ” Last week … the religious extremists who had been demonstrating against the Orot Banot national-religious girls’ school returned and began screaming right outside the building. Police were summoned and, in contrast to the passive, soft treatment the extremists were given in previous protests, […]

NEW ZEALAND – “Tasers do a job without firing shot” (2011-10-28)

Posted on October 20 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS : A case of faulty logic: a local New Zealand paper “proves” just showing the taser deters crime: “Locally, police have presented a Taser 13 times since their introduction, and on all of those occasions, the mere presence of the Taser has been enough to diffuse the situation.” This is a case of […]

NEW ZEALAND – Waikato Police fire one shot in three years [and use taser 71 times in last 18 months] (2011-10-05)

Posted on October 5 2011 by admin

 [[SUMMARY / COMMENT: Taser use seems to be replacing firearms but maybe tasers are being too widely used. Waikato general duties police officers have drawn firearms 31 times in the three years to the end of last year, and 11 people have been shot with Tasers since their introduction in March last year, figures released […]

NEW ZEALAND – “Tasers do a job without firing shot” (2011-08-28)

Posted on August 28 2011 by admin

 [[SUMMARY /COMMENTS : Three comments: (1) New Zealand appears to be one country where tasers are not abused police officers, probably because of the police culture which rooted in serving the community, and the critics are keeping a close eye on the police. (Charges that Maoris are targeted excessively and a future”taser-related death”    could […]

UK – “TASERS have been used by the police in Sunderland (North of England): almost 2,000 times in the last three years” (2011-08-05)

Posted on August 5 2011 by admin

[[ Summary / Comments :  Amnesty International expresses concern of the high use of Tasers by Sunderland police – 2 incidents a day – the second highest count in the UK (after the London Metropolotan police.) In most cases the taser was displayed without being fired. ]] TASERS have been used by the police in […]

UK – Armed police in West Midlands fired taser guns 800 times (2011-07-18)

Posted on July 18 2011 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Taser use increases in West Midlands police – 800 times in 2010 – an avergare of more than twice a day, of which 140 actually involved discharges. A total of 485 officers in the region are now trained to use them.]] ARMED police officers in the West Midlands drew their […]

NEW ZEALAND – The shocking truth about Tasers (2011-07-17)

Posted on July 17 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A 14-year-old boy and a 70-year-old man are among the New Zealanders stunned by police Tasers since their introduction last year. .police have “presented” Tasers to offenders 797 times since March 2010 and, of these, they were fired 102 times. However, the police’s Tactical Options Research database shows the weapons were […]

CANADA – Toronto Officer avoids jail in Taser case (2011-06-27)

Posted on June 23 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS : It looks as if  police taser abuse is not a serious offence: a Toronto police officer has avoided jail time for threatening a handcuffed suspect with a taser. Instead he will be putting in 50 hours of community service, but not get any criminal record.]] CBC News A Toronto police officer has […]

MALAYSIA – Ex-steward’s wife in shock over kidnapping [involving the use of stun-guns] (2011-03-11)

Posted on March 11 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: In a complicated crime setting, the only relevant information is that “On Monday morning, while people looked on, three men armed with Taser stun-guns bundled the victim into a Proton Iswara and fled. Some tried to help but backed off after the men pointed the stun-guns at them” (in bold in the […]

CANADA – Former Toronto mayor faced Taser in 2010 (2011-03-05)

Posted on March 3 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Former Toronto mayor, John Sewell was defending a client: ” The (chief’s) report says the use of the weapon was effective. What it did was terrify us. Does that mean this in fact is happening a lot of the time?” Sewell asked the board.  “Despite his experience, Sewell would rather see police […]

CANADA – Toronto Cop threatened to Taser prisoners (2011-02-02)

Posted on February 2 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Despite all the caution following the Braidwood Commission (see ANALYSES), tasers continue to elicit abusive behaviour by police-officers: “A Toronto Police officer admitted he threatened to Taser two prisoners in the testicles to force the duo to help him catch a suspect.” The (global) lesson is clear: the taser is an invitation […]

UK – Prodding the Home Office to Resume Publishing Statistics on TASER use by the Police (2011-01-31)

Posted on January 31 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Richard Taylor is a persistent critic of official taser disinformation in the UK, particularly the faiulure of MPs to demand that data be publicly available on taser use. “Since the change in Government, the frequency and type of reporting of taser use has still to be decided by the Ministers” – the […]

UK – Yorkshire – Big increase in use of stun gun as more police carry weapons (2011-01-24)

Posted on January 24 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Used 23 times in South Yorkshire in 2010, this represents “a significant increase on previous years, with the stun guns only used on 13 occasions between 2004 and 2009. During that five-year period there were just 24 occasions where the weapon was aimed at potential targets… Initially the weapon was only available […]

AUSTRALIA – Taser robbery rampage hits inner Sydney (2011-01-21)

Posted on January 21 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: With its threatening appearance, reputation for “shocking”, red laser beam, relatively easy access by Internet sales, the taser is becoming increasingly a “weapon of choice” not just of front-line police but also of people robbing corner-shop stores and other commerces, as well as home break-ins. Note, these users do not receive any […]

SOUTH AFRICA – Winnie Mandela was sworn at, threatened with taser by police, bodyguard says (2011-01-13)

Posted on January 13 2011 by admin

[[Global Shock: This reports needs independent confirmation. ANC wild-card MP, Winnie Mandela (for 30 years one of the most charismatic and wild-card political figures in South African politics, ex-wife of Nelson Mandela and ex-ANC Women’s League president) is stopped by the police. Officer Odendaal abused her verbally and then (in bold in the text below) “ … went back to his car to fetch his taser. ‘I said to him that (Mandela’s bodygoard) if he touched me again I would Taser him,’ said Odendaal. A Taser is an electroshock weapon used to send high voltage surging through the target to incapacitate them temporarily.”]]