Archive for the 'Teenagers targeted' Category

USA – Hawthorne, California settles civil-rights violation case for $99,000 [+ an earlier $300,000 settlement for tasering an autistic child by the same officer] (2014-06-24)

Posted on June 26 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Julius Bilbrew was 16 in 2009 when he was tasered sitting on a park-bench with his girl-friend. The City of Hawthorne has just agreed to a $99,000 settlement The same police officer was accused of similar civil-rights violations for using a Taser gun on a 12-year-old autistic teenager in September 2008, […]

UK – Increase in the police use of Tasers against children in Thames Valley (2014-06-16)

Posted on June 16 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Are English police abusing their authority in tasering children under 18? Tasers have been deployed against under-18s in the Thames Valley region (population: 2.3 million) 11 times since 2009 – six times in 2013 alone, the highest number in six years. This includes in “drive-stun” mode (to induce pain). Most of these […]

USA – Baltimore, Maryland: Group calls for Taser moratorium (2014-05-27)

Posted on May 27 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The Southern Christian Leadership Conference wants Baltimore City Council hearing and independent review of 19 year-old George King’s death after he was tasered in hospital. They are call for a moratorium on taser use until the review is completed. Separately, the American Civil Liberties Union sent Baltimore police a letter Tuesday asking […]

USA – Baltimore Death by Taser [Editorial] (2o14-05-27)

Posted on May 27 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: This editorial seriously challenges police use of a Taser five times, in drive-stun mode, to subdue teenager, George King, in hospital. Mr King died. The taser is an electroshock weapon touted as a less lethal alternative to firearms when used by police pursuing fleeing suspects or attempting to take unruly individuals into […]

USA – Baltimore Maryland Foster youth identified – was Tased five times at Good Samaritan Hospital (2014-05-19)

Posted on May 19 2014 by admin

[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Multiple tasering in hospital leading to death of African-American 19-yr-old George V. King on 14 May: A city police officer used his Taser five times to subdue a heavily medicated Mr King who was fighting staff at Good Samaritan Hospital and later died, according to his family’s attorney and an account […]

USA – Torturing Children at School (2014-04-11)

Posted on April 11 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Civil rights lawyers are filing complaints about dangerous disciplinary practices involving tasers cropping up all over the country. In Texas, a disabled 15-year-old was shocked with a Taser three times during an interrogation at school, resulting in punctured lungs. And in New York, civil rights lawyers have sued the city of Syracuse […]

UK – Police Taser use doubles across southern England (2014-04-08)

Posted on April 8 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Taser use by police forces in the south of England has more than doubled between 2012 and 2013. Officers in Hampshire, Dorset, Surrey, Sussex, Wiltshire and the Thames Valley drew the devices 998 times compared with 433 in 2012 while they fired them 192 times compared with 155 times. Police said the […]

USA – Syracuse, New York: “Enough!” Say Students Tasered in School (2014-03-21)

Posted on March 22 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Are the police justified in using tasers in public schools? Syracuse irresponsibly lets its police officers (“resource officers”) use Tasers in public schools, leading to excessive force and injuries, two former high school students claim in Federal Court. The officers wear uniforms and carry guns and Tasers, according to the complaint. One […]

USA – Florida Deputy uses stun gun on McLane Middle School student (2014-02-26)

Posted on February 26 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Girls fighting at school? Why not taser them! … School security guards use a taser to break up a fight between two 14-year-old girls at a Middle School. They kept it up as other children watched. When he was “attacked”, the school resource officer tasered one of the 14-yr-olds. Both were charged […]

UK – More than 50 London youngsters Tasered by police as stun guns soar (2014-02-06)

Posted on February 6 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Children are becoming increasingly targeted by police tasers. In a report by the Children’s Rights Alliance, the number of London children being Tasered by the London Metropolitan Police has risen almost 500 per cent in four years, official figures have revealed, 40% from just 4 boroughs. Overall, children were Tasered 53 times […]

USA – Texas student tased by police exits coma, enters rehabilitation, attorney says (2014-02-04)

Posted on February 4 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A 17-year-old Texas student, Noe Nino de Rivera, who spent 52 days in a medically induced coma after police used a Taser on him at school entered a full-time rehabilitation facility Friday, following the use of a Taser by a school resource officer, who tasered him after he tried to defuse a […]

USA – Audit faults Palo Alto, California officer for firing Taser at bicyclist (2014-01-08)

Posted on January 8 2014 by admin

  Palo Alto Weekly, by Gennady Sheyner [[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Cyclist tasered violating police department policy. The officer fired a Taser at a 16-year-old bicyclist who was not stopping for stop signs before another officer used a police car to block the boy’s path and capture him. The taser, the report notes, had no apparent […]

USA – District Attorney clears Tullytown, Philadelphia police in Taser incident (2013-12-13)

Posted on December 13 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: district attorney on Thursday cleared Tullytown police of any wrongdoing when they used a Taser last month on a handcuffed teen, Joey Williams, who had run from them and then fell on his face. The 14-year-old suffered numerous facial injuries. He had allegedly shoplifting from a Walmart store. Police say they were […]

USA – Cleveland, Texas: Girl resisting officer hit with Taser (2013-12-10)

Posted on December 10 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A 14-yr-old Cleveland girl was shocked with a Taser twice on a school bus. The student allegedly struck the officer with her hand after refusing to cooperate. “That whole assault and the pushing and shoving and officer trying to restrain her all occurred up to this point,” said Chief Evans. Despite being […]

UK – Devon and Cornwall Police Taser 15-Year-Old Schoolboy With Learning Difficulties (2013-12-07)

Posted on December 7 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Devon and Cornwall Police were called to Chelfham Senior School, specializing in children with behavioural difficulties, near Plymouth after reports of an alleged assault on a teacher. Police used a taser to subdue a 15-year-old and two 14-year-olds, only hitting one of them. But Sophie Khan, a solicitor-advocate and legal director at […]

USA – Civil rights groups want Taser ban in Texas schools (2013-12-05)

Posted on December 5 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The ACLU and six other civil rights groups asked the state’s police commission to ban Tasers and pepper spray in Texas schools. This follows a brain injury to a Bastrop high school student who fell after he was shocked and remains in a coma.]] Houston Chronicle, by James Pinkerton HOUSTON — The […]

RÉUNION – Saint-Benoît – 300 personnes marchent en blanche en mémoire de Loïc Louise [300 people participate in silent march in memory of Loïc Louise] (2013-11-30)

Posted on November 30 2013 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS : 300 people in a silent march to protest the 3 November 2013 death of Loïc Louise (near Orléans in France) after he was tasered, behind a banner “Justice must be done”. The autopsy exonerated the taser, but the family, following a visit to Orléans, is convinced the police did not […]

AUSTRALIA – Blacktown, New South Wales: Protest over use of taser on teen as magistrate dismisses charges (2103-11-22)

Posted on November 22 2013 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The use of a stun gun by six police officers to arrest a teenager. Einpwi Amon, 17, at a train station has shocked people, sparking local activists to organise a protest rally against the actions. Einpwi Amom, 17 at the time of arrest in June, was running from police who […]

AUSTRALIA – Police use of stun guns under renewed scrutiny after CCTV shows teenager being tasered (2013-11-21)

Posted on November 21 2013 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS : (See video here) An unarmed Sudanese-Australian teenager, 17-yr-old Einpwi Amom, was tasered while handcuffed and surrounded by six officers in Sydney. He had allegedly sworn at police and run away. He had fallen and knocked himself unconscious, then started running. When officers bring the teenager to his feet he resists […]

UK – Birmingham Police shoot 83-year-old man with 50,000-volt Taser (2013-10-02)

Posted on October 2 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A look at West Midland tasers statistics compared to the UK norms: 573 members of the public tasered in the last 3 years: 153 people in 2010, rising to 198 in 2011. But that figure had increased to 222 in 2012 – a rise of almost 40 per cent on 2010. […]