Archive for the 'Weapon of last resort' Category

CANADA – Ontario: Possible abuse with taser use (2013-09-20)

Posted on September 20 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : After the recent tasering of an 80-yr-old woman with dementia, all Ontarians wary of the fact that more front-line police officers will be carrying tasers in this province. We shouldn’t be hypercritical of the police, but this event should make all Ontarians wary of the fact that more front-line police officers […]

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 […]

PORTUGAL – UN Human Rights Committee reviews Portugal’s implementation of civil and political rights (2012-10-24)

Posted on October 24 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The question of the use of taser weapons by Portuguese police officers remains a concern of the UN Human Rights Committee as it reviews Portugal’s implementation of civil and political rights. Note the only really pertinent paragraph (in bold): The UN Committee against Torture has recognised that their use causes acute […]

NEW ZEALAND – ‘Too many’ being Tasered (2012-02-15)

Posted on February 15 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Wide variation between different policing unit is New Zealand shows it is, in some parts, “almost a weapon of first resort rather than very near to a weapon of last resort”, according to a Green MP. Its use is increasing across the country. Since the ational rollout in 2010, they have been […]

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WBTV, by Ron Lee [[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Tasers were withdrawn (without any known announcement ) from the Charlotte police for six months of checking, inspecting and reissuing, after the death of Lareko Williams in a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 […]

USA – Washington DC: Supreme Court declines to hear Taser case [of police officer who mistook his gun for a taser] (2011-12-07)

Posted on December 7 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Note this case before the US Supreme Court was about a specific issue: an officer who shot an unarmed suspect (non-fatally) with his .40-caliber Glock firmearm , mistaking this for his taser: Frederick Henry was shot in the elbow, fleeing from the police because he had failed to pay child support. Should […]

AUSTRALIA – ‘More reviews’ needed to stop Taser misuse [says New South Wales ombudsman] (2011-11-19)

Posted on November 19 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS: WA Police should review every unholstering of a Taser as the only means of safeguarding against “extraordinary misuse” of the weapon, the NSW Ombudsman said today. The advice came following Western Australia Police unconstestbaly using Tasers to make people obey orders in recent years, rather than as the alternative to firearms they were […]

UK – Raoul Moat family say taser caused his suicide (2011-09-14)

Posted on September 14 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS: The Raoul Moat inquest was told by lawyers representing his family that firing Taser stun-guns at him was “like a red rag to a bull” when there was still a chance of his surrender, claiming that the use of unlicensed X-rep rounds sparked, rather than prevented, the desperate fugitive’s suicide. A police officer […]