Archive for the 'Guns vs. taser use' Category

USA – Sunbury, Pennsylvania: Repeated Taser shots didn’t stop knife attack, police say (2014-07-09)

Posted on July 9 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Tasered, then shot: Yet another example of how unreliable the taser can be. In an altercation in which 22-year-old Erick Trometter brandished a knife, a police officer first tasers (“repeated taser shots”) then shoots him. At press time, he was still in hospital.]] The Daily Item, by Francis Scarcella SUNBURY — Acting […]

USA – Late to the game, New Jersey learns from Taser errors elsewhere (2004-06-20)

Posted on June 20 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: As tasers (tasercams) get deployed across New Jersey – the last “hold-out” state – they are reported in Camden to have been fire only once when displayed 6 times and “used judiciously”: “when a police officer has the option of either shooting a person or using a Taser, we prefer they use […]

USA – Berkeley, California: Tasers for Berkeley Police? Not the Best Way to Deal with Most Crisis Situations (2014-06-06)

Posted on June 6 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The Berkeley police shooting death of an 18 yr-old mentally ill woman must not be used as an excuse for introducing tasers: Tasers can be lethal too. The Berkeley death of Kayla Moore, who suffered from mental illness and used drugs, would not have been prevented if the police had used a […]

CANADA – Ontario: Roke inquest recommends Ottawa police Tasers, better training in mental health issues (2014-05-09)

Posted on May 9 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Matthew Roke, 33, who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia, died in May 2012 after he was shot by Ontario Provincial Police when he confronted them with a knife. The jury recommended that Tasers be available in all interactions between police and people armed with weapons other than firearms. More attention should be […]

CANADA – Ontario Police can use gun if threatened by knife, even if Taser available, training officer says (2014-04-24)

Posted on April 24 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Having a taser does not mean the police must use it … A police officer faced with a knife-wielding person threatening someone’s life would be permitted to use a gun even if a Taser was available, a coroner’s inquest heard Wednesday. Three minutes after paramedics found Matthew Roke, 33, who died from […]

CANADA – Ontario Police can use gun if threatened by knife, even if Taser available, training officer says (2014-04-24)

Posted on April 24 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: If threatened with a knife, Ontario police can use a gun even if they also have tasers available, the coroner’s inquest on the death of Matthew Roke, 33, heard Wednesday. Mr Roke suffered from paranoid schizophrenia. He was shot before a supervising officer arrived on scene with a taser. A police-officer points out: […]

USA – North Carolina Cop “Had No Choice” To Shoot And Kill Mentally Ill Child Because He Left His Taser Home? (2014-02-17)

Posted on February 17 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Police Officer Bryon Vassey “had no choice” to shoot a mentally-ill child because “he left his Taser home” when Bryon’s family called 911 for medical help. “We don’t have time for this” – and he shot the child.]] Prison Planet NORTH CAROLINA — A cop who said “We don’t have time […]

CANADA / QUEBEC – Funeral for Alain Magloire today in Longueuil (2014-02-06)

Posted on February 6 2014 by admin

[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Alain Magloire buried as controversy surrounds his shooting-death by Montreal Police. His family is demanding answers. A public inquiry into his death. According to police, Mr Magloire was shot while police were waiting for a taser to arrive on the scene. The inquiry is expected to examine procedures during emergency interventions involving […]

CANADA / QUEBEC – Un coroner réclame plus de pistolets électriques pour les policiers [Coroner calls for arming more police with tasers] (2014-02-06)

Posted on February 6 2014 by admin

[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Quebec coroner Dr Jean Brochu hascommented on tasers, following his inquiry into the shooting death of Mario Hamel and an innocent bystander in 2011. Now he calls for more police to be armed with tasers and more tasers rolled out – while also calling for more training of police for handling the […]

CANADA / QUEBEC – Montreal: Le Taser l’aurait sauvé… [The taser would have saved his life … ] (2014-02-05)

Posted on February 5 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A professor of criminology argues the shooting-death of Antoine Magloire could have been avoided if the police had had access to tasers. The police were under serious threat, perceived to be life-threatening. A Quebec coroner has called for more tasers, the shooting-death of Patrick Limoges in 2012, incidents in Toronto – […]

CANADA / QUEBEC – Just 150 of Montreal’s 4,500 cops have Taser training (2014-02-04)

Posted on February 4 2014 by admin

[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Following an article in La Presse, a call is made for arming more Montreal police with tasers: “Only 150” of them are currently trained to use Tasers. This follows the death of Alain Magloire, 42, who was gunned down Monday morning after brandishing a hammer. Mario Hamel, a psychiatric patient, was also […]

CANADA / QUEBEC – Montreal: Taser ou 9 mm ? [The taser or a 9 mm. gun?] (2014-02-04)

Posted on February 4 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Following the death from shooting of a homeless man in Montreal, the man threatening police with a hammer, was shot and killed. His life might have been saved if tasers had arrived in time … ]] Journal de Montréal, by François Doré Un autre événement se solde par la mort tragique […]

CANADA / QUEBEC – Hammer-wielding man killed during police intervention in downtown Montreal (2014-02-03)

Posted on February 3 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Disturbed man shot – Were police waiting for taser?  (Initial report)-  man wielding a hammer near Montreal’s main downtown bus station was fatally shot on Monday after he apparently refused to surrender, police say. Seven police-officers intervened and were taken to hospital and treated for shock. This is now being investigated by […]

CANADA / QUEBEC –Police shoot, kill hammer-wielding man in downtown Montreal (2014-02-03)

Posted on February 3 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A man holding a hammer and threatening the police was shot and killed by the Montreal police. The investigation has been handed to the Provincial Police. Police reportedly called for a taser, but this hasn’t been confirmed.]] Globe and Mail A man wielding a hammer near Montreal’s main downtown bus station was […]

CANADA – Toronto: Chilling moment police decide to shoot dead mental patient armed with scissors ‘because officer with the Taser gun hadn’t turned up’ (2103-11-29)

Posted on January 29 2014 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Michael Eligon, 29, had escaped from hospital when police found him wandering residential streets. He was shot three times after not responding to police calls to ‘drop it’. An inquest heard that he had a ‘blank stare’ as he approached police. The man had stolen scissors from a convenience store […]

CANADA – Toronto: Chilling moment police decide to shoot dead mental patient armed with scissors ‘because officer with the Taser gun hadn’t turned up’ (2013-11-29)

Posted on November 29 2013 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Michael Eligon, 29, had escaped from hospital when police found him wandering residential streets. He was shot three times after not responding to police calls to ‘drop it’. An inquest heard that he had a ‘blank stare’ as he approached police. The man had stolen scissors from a convenience store […]

NEW ZEALAND – Police feel sting of Taser trend (2013-11-12)

Posted on November 12 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Twenty-eight Taser injuries have been recorded in New Zealand in the three years since the devices were introduced. In that same period, 158 police injuries were recorded in incidents in which a Taser was presented – with five cases being bad enough to require hospital treatment. In the 39 months from the […]

CANADA – Ontario Police deaths inquest: Police unlikely to use Tasers in knife incidents — or to consider mental state (2103-10-16)

Posted on October 16 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS :  Tasers are not an alternative to guns if suspect is holding a knife in 80 to 90% of situations, says a police college trainer at a coroner’s inquest: “In situations that are very serious, we have to have the firearm. . . to protect the officer, and to protect the public as […]

CANADA – Hamilton, Ontario: Would Tasers have saved Steve Mesic’s life? (2013-10-03)

Posted on October 3 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A case being used across Ontario for deploying taser to frontline police: Steve Mesic, 45, suffered from psychiatric problems and refused to put down a spade he was threatening police with. They shot him and he died. If they had tasers, the argument goes, he would have survived the confrontation. But […]

CANADA – More tasers for Toronto police could ‘save lives,’ Chief Blair says (2013-09-24)

Posted on September 24 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Putting tasers in the hands of more Toronto police officers “has the potential to save lives,” says Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair, calling the weapons a “less lethal” option for officers whose alternative might be to reach for a gun. He also cites suicide prevention. And an officer simply displaying the […]