Archive for the 'Taser training vs. CIT' Category

CANADA – Toronto: Jury recommends de-escalation in police confrontations with the mentally ill [no taser mentioned] (2014-02-12)

Posted on February 12 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Following the death of three mentally ill Toronto residents who were shot by police – Reyal Jardine-Douglas, Sylvia Klibingaitis and Michael Eligon were all gunned down after approaching officers with knives or scissors – a coroner’s jury recommends that Police should “maximize emphasis on verbal de-escalation techniques” in their training. “If the […]

CANADA – Toronto: Jury recommends de-escalation in police confrontations with the mentally ill [no taser mentioned] (2014-02-12)

Posted on February 12 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: An excellent conclusion: Following the death of three mentally ill Toronto residents who were shot by police – Reyal Jardine-Douglas, Sylvia Klibingaitis and Michael Eligon were all gunned down after approaching officers with knives or scissors – a coroner’s jury recommends that Police should “maximize emphasis on verbal de-escalation techniques” in their […]

USA – Hamden, Connecticut: Epileptic man files suit against Hamden police over use of Taser (2014-01-26)

Posted on January 26 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Man tasered while having an epileptic fit on January 18. Robert Marzullo of Hamden has filed a lawsuit against the town and the Police Department after he was Tasered by two officers while having an epileptic seizure in his car. Mr Marzullo drove off the road, hit a wall. Police intervened when […]

CANADA – Inquest into Toronto police-shooting deaths pulls back curtain on officers’ reality [Not directly about tasers] (2013-10-17)

Posted on October 17 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Inquests in Toronto are focusing on how police deal with the seriously mentally ill. In 3 cases (2010-2012) people in a mental health crisis were holding “an edged weapon,” a knife or scissors, and shot by police. They all died. A police college trainer testified that a Taser would not be […]

CANADA – Ontario: Canadian Civil Liberties Association: Government focus should be on police de-escalation techniques, not expanded Taser use (2013-08-27)

Posted on August 27 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Thee CCLA press release following the Ontario government’s decision to expand taser deployment in the province. Need for de-escalation training and mental health and disability crisis response teams not expanded taser use. While there are extreme situations in which the taser can be effective, misuse of the taser – it becomes […]

AUSTRALIA – Victoria – The Human Rights Legal Centre says Victoria Police should invest in police training, rather than arming officers with Tasers (2103-05-13)

Posted on May 13 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The Victoria Human Rights Law Centre says police should be trying harder to avoid difficult escalation in altercations with the public: “In our view the money spent on the Taser rollout in Victoria would actually be better spent on training police to de-escalate situations and actually equip them with the skills […]

AUSTRALIA – Mentally ill drain police resources (2012-11-15)

Posted on November 15 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: As in most industrialized countries, early half of all critical incident callouts for Victoria Police involve a mentally ill person, with disturbed people frequently taken to hospital by police vans. The police say they are “overwhelmed”. Need for an overhaul of mental health training for police and a dedicated psychiatric facility that […]