Archive for the 'Weapon of choice' Category

UK – Tasers Should Be Properly Regulated, Not Rolled Out – Amnesty International (2013-09-09)

Posted on September 11 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The director of Amnesty International comments on today’s release of Home Office data on taser use: the taser is not a modern-day truncheon; in the United States more than 500 people have died after being shocked by a taser, in many instances the coroner has declared the taser a contributory factor; Here […]

CANADA – Police in a risky love affair with Tasers (2013-09-09)

Posted on September 9 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Tasers are, we read, “wonderful devices”, the police just need to treat them carefully: “in the case of Tasers, life-saving potential so clear — that we start a love affair with the gadget that defies rationality.” The case for tasers is “almost self-evident”: Police forces around the world love Tasers, and […]

CANADA – Ontario Police need the weapon of good judgment, not more tasers (2013-08-27)

Posted on August 27 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : An editoral in “Canada’s leading paper” calls Ontario’s wish to put tasers in the hands of front-line police officers “spectacularly ill-timed”. The taser would not have been used to control knife-wielding 18-year-old named Sammy Yatim, who was shot and then tasred a month ago. The killing of Sammy Yatim has created […]

USA – Atlanta, Georgia Police use Taser on grieving father mourning son’s death (2013-04-25)

Posted on April 25 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A father, torn apart by grief over the death of his two-year-old son from a dog-attack, was subdued with a Taser by police. The father was desperately demanding to get into his home to see his son. A police officer says: “”At the time, it [using the taser] seemed like the […]

NEW ZEALAND – Mental health Taser shock [1/3 of those tasered have mental health issues] (2012-01-06)

Posted on January 6 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: It was feared those with mental health problems would be a target for officers using Tasers and the figures confirmed that. Nearly a third of those tasered by the police since March 2010 were considered by police to have mental health issues. Tasers were much more likely (27 per cent) to be […]

USA – Salt Lake City, Utah Police use Taser gun on mentally challenged man – twice (2012-12-04)

Posted on December 4 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Salt Lake police are being accused of tasering a mentally challenged man twice and booting the man out onto the street alone. Hisd family says he was “ abused, frightened and humiliated.” Michael Grant is a paranoid schizophrenic, who’s 85% deaf, with impaired vision, and a low I.Q. Elms said last month […]

AUSTRALIA – Police urged to make Taser training harder (2012-11-15)

Posted on November 15 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Is taser-training rigorous enough? Following he death of Brazilian student Roberto Laudisio Curti, Australian Civil liberties groups say police training for the use of Tasers is highly inadequate and should be dramatically improved before police are allowed to use them. New South Wales Police are accredited to use Tasers after just eight […]

USA – Alaska: Assembly Approves More Tasers for Anchorage Police (2012-11-14)

Posted on November 14 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Does misuse of firearms justify taser rollout? In a close 6-5 decision, the Anchorage the Assembly passed an amendment saying APD should spend $300,000 to pay for 60 new Tasers. Anchorage police officers didn’t have Tasers shot and killed two men who didn’t have firearms in separate incidents: 26-year-old Shane Tasi after […]

AUSTRALIA – Reliance on tasers labelled ‘lazy cop syndrome’ (2012-11-14)

Posted on November 14 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Professor Geoffrey Alpert, a U.S expert on police use of force responds to the damning findings of the New South Wales coroner into the death of Roberto Curti: “It turns out it’s a weapon of convenience as opposed to a weapon that is necessary” – “Rather than try to control someone with […]

AUSTRALIA – “Deadly weapons: We must ban Tasers” (2012-03-25)

Posted on March 25 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Ther Australian “Green Left” comes out strong;ly against the use of tasers, flowing the 18 March death of Roberto Laudisio Curti. The teaser5 is not “non-lethal” and the evidence indicates police do not use Tasers as an alternative to deadly force, since gun use does not decline with the introduction of tasers. […]

NEW ZEALAND – Taser use by Police in New Zealand [“ – Shocking!”]. (2012-02-28)

Posted on February 28 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Brief article in a Canadian Civil Liberties Union newsletter: Since March 2010, New Zealand police have used tasers 890 times, despite criticisms including the New Zealand Civil Liberties Council depiction of its use as “inhumane” . The taser seems to be becoming police-officers’ weapon of choice.]] Canadian Civil Liberties Union, by Laura […]

USA – Tampa Bay, Florida: Experts say trooper’s use of Taser on woman raises questions (2012-02-18)

Posted on February 18 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : When the Taser’s prongs hit her back, 20-yr-old Danielle Maudsley, who was handcuffed, spun backward and smacked her head on the pavement. She was tasered from a few feet away. She clutched her head and struggled to rise. “I can’t get up,” she moaned, her final words. She has been in […]

USA – Tasers reissued to Charlotte, North Carolina, cops after six months (2012-01-25)

Posted on January 25 2012 by admin

WBTV, by Ron Lee [[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Tasers were withdrawn (without any known announcement ) from the Charlotte police for six months of checking, inspecting and reissuing, after the death of Lareko Williams in a sexual violence scenario: he ran away, the police tasered him, he died. The new taser X2 arsenal – a double-barreled […]

CANADA / QUEBEC: Comité de déontologie policière de Montréal: Sanctions contre les deux officiers qui ont participé dans les évennement qui précédaient la mort de Quileme Registre [Montreal Police Ethics Committee – Sanctions imposed on officers for misconduct during 2007 tasering of Quilem Registre] (2012-01-24)

Posted on January 24 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : This is the report of the Montreal Erhic Committee (in French only). After finding the two officers involved in the multiple tasering of Quilem Registre guilty of breaches of the Montreal Police Code of Ethics, the Ethics Commission hands down its sentence: 5 days loss of pay for one officer who […]

USA – San Antonio, Texas: Tagging suspect hit with taser, 2 arrested (2012-01-24)

Posted on January 24 2012 by admin


USA – Florida: Fallout Continues After Police Officer Beats Elderly Man Suffering From Dementia [Video] (2012-01-22)

Posted on January 22 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A police officer in Florida are facing some serious charges after he beat and then had a fellow officer taser a 66-year-old elderly man suffering from dementia. This is caught on video. First police kicked and punched, then tasered the clearly disturbed man. Police turned off the their car’s video. The police […]

USA – Wisconsin Police Stun Man Three Times With No Effect (2012-01-04)

Posted on January 4 2012 by admin

 [[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Why was the taser ineffective on this drunken and/or psychiatrically disturbed man? Why is it so often ineffective with so-called ‘excited delirium’ cases? The answer is disturbing, but not developed here: the manufacturer’s claims of its capacity to “incapacitate temporarily” are grossly exaggerated. Multiple discharges are often due to faults with […]

USA – Cleveland, Ohio: Exclusive: Attorney Says Officers’ Use of Taser was ‘Torturous’ (2012-01-04)

Posted on January 4 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Aaron Hayward’s lawyer charges that the Cleveland police conducted a racially motivated, illegal home invasion during the early morning hours of January 23, 2011. They broke down the front door of the Hayward family home using the butt of a shotgun. 39-year-old Aaron Hayward was tased 5 or 6 times in […]

USA – Doubts surface as Chicago police sharply increase Taser use: Electroshock weapons fired more frequently by city, suburban cops (2012-01-01)

Posted on January 1 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Chicago police were deploying tasers at a rate of more than twice a day in 2011; taser use has jumped fivefold in the city since 2008. The author of an official National Justice Dept. report says: “”It’s a wonderful tool, when used properly. But they’ve just got to be used judiciously, […]

USA – Parkersburg, West Virginia: Police use Taser in burglary arrest (2011-12-24)

Posted on December 24 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : One of hundreds of reports of taser creep/”lazy cop syndrome”/taser as weapon of choice – with no threat of violence by the suspect. Various break-ins are described here, in one (marked in bold) police officers observed a man matching the description of the suspect. As the officer exited his cruiser, the […]