Archive for the 'Taser increased access' Category

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 […]

UK – London: Concerns raised after Met’s Taser use quadruples (2013-01-18)

Posted on January 18 2014 by admin

[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Between 1st January and 8th November 2013 London police-officers drew their tasers on 1,746 occasions – a more than fourfold increase on the 2011 figure. London Assembly Members from all parties have expressed concern that taserss could be used as a “compliance tool” to ensure suspects and detainees obey officer requests out […]

UK – London: Taser use should be ‘a last resort’ (2013-10-15)

Posted on October 16 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The user of Tasers by the Metropolitan Police Service (M’PS – London Police) needs to be ‘very closely monitored’ and ‘a last resort’, a report, issued the London Police and Crime Committee has said today. The 2012 decision to nearly triple the number of MPS officers trained to use Taser and […]

UK – London Assembly demands transparency over expansion of police weaponry (2013-10-15)

Posted on October 15 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The London Assembly report “Arming the Met” (Met = London police) challenges the decision to triple the number of tasers for front-line police, failing to explain why more weapons are needed or properly consult the public about the deployment. Usage and usage-creep are expected to rise, especially if training courses are […]

CANADA – Toronto Police chief backs expanded use of tasers (2013-09-12)

Posted on September 13 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Shot then tasered. The officer who on July 27 tasered Sammy Yatim, the Toronto teenager who had been shot multiple times on a streetcar has not been suspended, although he may still face charges. The Toronto Police Chief strongly supports expanded taser use – particularly for first responders confronting crisis situations. […]

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 […]

UK – Stun gun use more than doubles (2013-09-10)

Posted on September 10 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS :The use of stun guns by police officers in England and Wales more than doubled over two years – from 3,128 deployments in 2009 to 6,649 in 2010 and 7,877 in 2011, Home Office figures revealed. In 2009, 23.2% of Taser deployments involved the stun gun being fired, as opposed to just […]

UK – Home Office Report: Police use of Taser statistics, England and Wales, 2009 to 2011 (2013-09-10)

Posted on September 10 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The report 0f taser use by UK Police issued by the Homew Office on 10 September 2013. The 3 main findings of taser use 2009-2011: Total police use of TASER has increased year on year from 2009 to 2011; the proportion of TASER where the ‘highest use’ is ‘fired’ remained constant through […]

UK – London Metropolitan Police fired Taser in one-third of deployments, official figures show (2013-09-10)

Posted on September 10 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY/ COMMENTS : London Metropolitan Police officers fired stun guns at suspects in almost a third of cases where the devices were drawn, official figures have revealed – about 10 per cent more of the time than was average across England and Wales. The government figures show that the most popular use of Taser by […]

UK – What does the rise in taser usage across England and Wales tell us? (2013-09-10)

Posted on September 10 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : This post explains police use of tasers in the UK. The data just released by the Home Office show that incidents involving tasers had more than doubled between 2009 and 2010, from roughly 3,128 in 2009 to 6,649 in 2010. The number of incidents recorded in 2011 was even higher at […]

UK – Police officers fire Taser FIVE times every day: Increase in officers relying on weapons after use more than doubles since 2009 (2013-09-09)

Posted on September 9 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Number of confrontations involving Tasers doubled between 2009 and 2011. There has been huge investment in the weapons in past decade. Experts say an officer will only draw weapon once every two years. Critics say British police officers being ‘armed by stealth’]] Daily Mail, by Chris Greenwood and Jack Doyle Tasers […]

CANADA – Cambridge, Ontario: Time for more Tasers? Police chief not ready to recommend expanded Taser program, yet (2013-09-05)

Posted on September 5 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Waterloo police chief is seeking clarification of guidelines, including the need for police to consult with their communities before purchasing tasers. “We, in our particular community here, are very proud of the manner in which CEWs have been used to date by our frontline supervisors and our tactical officers,” – while […]

CANADA – Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario: ‘Who’ll watch police use of Tasers’: Mick (2013-08-31)

Posted on August 31 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Need for policing the police use of tasers. Ontario’s Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Service announced on Aug. 27 that it will allow police services to decide what officers can carry conducted energy weapons. Remembering Robert Dziekanski’s death, a city councillor wants controls in place to ensure how Sault Ste. […]

CANADA – Ontario: Expanded taser use called ‘knee-jerk reaction’ to controversial Toronto streetcar shooting (2013-08-27)

Posted on August 27 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : There are fears that tasers will be used instead of non-violent de-escalation techniques, stoking concern the province’s rules governing their use are too broad. The rollout follows years of reviewing medical literature and consulting with police. The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is concerned. The taser contributed to the death of Aron […]

UK – Use of tasers by Surrey Police continues to increase (2013-08-21)

Posted on August 21 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : In this south-London county, taser have been used increasingly over the last 3 years. In 2007, a Taser was fired just twice in Surrey but in 2012 the weapons were used 34 times. Officers get 4 days training. The need for tasers, the police say, is greater with cutbacks in the […]

USA – Fort Worth, Texas Police TASER Use On The Rise – I-Team (2013-08-06)

Posted on August 6 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A 12-yr-old child hit by a police taser is just one of dozens of cases where someone was exposed to a TASER by a Fort Worth police officer and seriously injured. In 2012, 113 people in Fort Worth were exposed to a TASER, 25 were injured. So far this year police […]

UK – Postmortem into Taser death in Manchester inconclusive (2013-07-12)

Posted on July 12 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Pathologist unable to determine exactly what caused death of 23-year-old Jordan Begley, who was shot by police with a stun gun in Manchester. Mr Begley was said by the police to be carrying a knife when police shot him with a stun gun. He died later in hospital after suffering what […]

UK – Fresh concern raised over Taser safety after seventh death in 10 years (2013-07-11)

Posted on July 11 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Fresh concerns have been raised over the safety of Tasers following the death of an ice cream man who was stunned while being restrained by police. He is the seventh person to die after being shot with a Taser since they were introduced in Britain in 2003. Three months ago a […]

UK – Taser use by Wigan police revealed (2013-07-11)

Posted on July 11 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : POLICE in Wigan in the north of England have reached for their Taser stun guns more than 250 times in the last four years – but have only fired them on five occasions. Note the difference with North American police! On 96 occasions officers have simply drawn their Taser in a […]