Archive for the 'Tasercam video evidence' Category

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 […]

AUSTRALIA – Queensland: State Police Minister Jack Dempsey confirms police may soon be wearing surveillance gear (2014-03-24)

Posted on March 24 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Queensland Police are expected to have body-worn video cameras under a plan being considered, although this will be very expensive. A 2011 review – which was only released under Freedom of Information statutes – found Taser Cams were operationally ineffective, but recommended investigating body-worn cameras to record all use-of-force incidents after an […]

UK – London: Call for Met’s Taser arsenal to be fitted with video cameras (2014-02-25)

Posted on February 25 2014 by admin

[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Over the past 18 months there has been a fourfold increase in the number of times officers drew their Tasers. London Assembly Member Baroness Jenny Jones has called for the Met’s entire stock of Taser weapons to be routinely fitted with video cameras in a bid to ensure officer accountability.] MayorWatch, by […]

CANADA – Ottawa Police union echoes chief’s comments in face of ombudsman’s criticisms (2013-11-07)

Posted on November 7 2013 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The head of the Ottawa police union accepts police oversight (the minimum!), but, like the police chief, says there isn’t a pressing need for talks around de-escalation tactics here because local officers already do it all the time. “To echo the chief’s comments, we already do a lot of de-escalation. […]

CANADA – Combine Tasers with cameras for optimal effect (2103-10-17)

Posted on October 17 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Why are “liberal-minded” citizens reacting so negatively to Ontario plans to allow more front-line police to use tasers? Tasers, ex-Senate chair of the Committee on National Security and Defence says, will be more acceptable if (1) Tasers cannot be activated without audio-video accompaniment, (2) training and recertification standards are improved, and […]

CANADA – Ontario: Police should embrace video, departing watchdog says (2013-10-01)

Posted on October 1 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : There are important limitation of police videos, but … the outgoing Ontario Special Investigations Unit director, Ian Scott, says police should be embracing the concept of video imagery – “lapelcams” and especially all police stun guns should be equipped with “Tasercams”. (He doesn’t directly mention TASER’s AXON system.) “For $400, this […]

New Orleans, Louisiana: New Orleans Police Dept Taser case tests difference between lying and faulty memory (2013-06-28)

Posted on March 28 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Police who taser a suspect report he was holding a machete. Video from the tasercam contradicts this and they are sanctioned. Cameras are become an increasinly important tool for establisgin what actually happens. They were put on trial: “These two officers were looked up to by many officers,” Deputy Chief Darryl […]

POLAND – Policja porazi prądem. Uliczne patrole dostaną tasery [Police gets shocks. Street patrols will get Tasers] (2013-01-18)

Posted on January 18 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : (Revised google-translation from Polish; the original text appears below the translation, in italics.) Currently, it seems, Central Bureau of Investigation and anti-terrorist police have access to tasers (???). Tenders are out for more tasers. Soon there will be a rollout of 600 tasers with cameras to police patrolling in zones where […]