Archive for the 'Torture' Category

FRANCE – Taser en France: ces morts qui n’auraient pas dû l’être [Tasers in France – the three deaths that should not have happened] (2014-06-04)

Posted on June 4 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Three people have died in France following the police use of tasers: Loïc Louise, a 21-yr-old student; Mahamadou Maréga, aged 38 and an unnamed person in Crozon. Action Sécurité Ethique Républicaine (ASER) – including police officers – has been warning of the danger of tasers for ten years and is calling for […]

USA – Chicago Police Brutality Lawsuit Claims Woman Was Physically And Verbally Assaulted [including with taser] (VIDEO) (2014-05-20)

Posted on May 20 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: (See video here) – Police officers physically and verbally abused the Chinese manageress of a tanning salon and massage parlor during her arrest last year – including in the video an officer can be heard asking to use his Taser on 32-year-old Jianqing “Jessica” Klyzek “10 fucking times,” a lawsuit against the […]

UK – Amnesty International blasts police taser use (2014-04-15)

Posted on April 15 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Amnesty International UK’s arms programme director has called tasers to be banned from use in police cells: “Tasers should not be used in custody cells as the subject is already under effective control and in custody. Using a Taser on someone who is already under effective control could amount to cruel and […]

BRAZIL – Des policiers avouent le meurtre d’un habitant d’une favela de Rio [Police admit murdering a man in a Rio favela] (2013-10-25)

Posted on October 25 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Report on the death of stone-mason, Amarildo de Souza, 47, in a Rio favela – la Rocinha – followed torture and tasering. This shows the police can be as violent as narco-traffickers. 20 Minutes BRESIL – La disparition d’Amarildo, un maçon de la favela de Rio avait suscité une fronde sociale et […]

ARGENTINA – La Justicia ratificó la prohibición del uso de las pistolas Taser por la Policía Metropolitana [Justice Ministry confirms prohibition of tasers by the Metropolitan Police] (2013-08-09)

Posted on August 9 2013 by admin [[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Buenos Aires Court upholds the decision to ban tasers from police use: even if other countries have approved their use, they should not be adopted due to UN recognition of them as a means of torture and potentially lethal. (Article translated approximately from Spanish – see original in Spanish below […]

PORTUGAL – Amnesty International Annual Report: Portugal 2013 (2013-05-23)

Posted on May 23 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A very brief extract from the 2013 Amnesty International report on Portugal: A criminal investigation into the use of a Taser against an inmate in Paços de Ferreira prison in 2010 never advanced and disciplinary proceedings against the two prison officers remained pending at the end of 2012.]] PORTUGUESE REPUBLIC Torture […]

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 […]

GREECE – Greek anti-fascist protesters ‘tortured by police’ [including by taser] after Golden Dawn clash (2012-10-09)

Posted on October 9 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Fifteen protesters are arrested in Athens during a clash with supporters of the neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn, They have said they were tortured in the Attica General Police Directorate (GADA) and were subjected to what their lawyer describes as an Abu Ghraib-style humiliation. One protester said he was hit on the spine […]

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. […]

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

Posted on March 25 2012 by admin

ISRAEL / PALESTINE – Confined Cruelty: Israeli Treatment of Palestinian Minors (2012-03-24)

Posted on March 24 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Within a long, detailed and referenced article on Israeli mistreatment of Palestinian children, the author provides testimony of Israeli use of the taser as a torture instrument on a 15-yr-old Palestinion boy(in BOLD in the text below): “the interrogator grabbed the boy’s head and slammed it against the wall, slapping him […]

LIBYA – Libyan militias accused of torturing detainees(2012-02-16)

Posted on February 16 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Amnesty International reports armed militias threaten the security of Libya with 12 detainees tortured to death since September 2011, including detainees “given electric shocks with live wires and taser-like electroshock weapons.”]] Associated Press in New York,, Thursday 16 February 201 Armed militias now rule much of Libya, Amnesty International has warned, […]

UK – Official UK policy on the export of Tasers (2012-02-09)

Posted on February 9 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : So the taser isn’t an “instrument of torture”? Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt reiterated the Government’s July 1997 policy on preventing British companies from manufacturing, selling or procuring equipment designed primarily for torture, including portable devices designed or modified for riot control purposes or self-protection that administer an electric-shock. This included […]

EUROPEAN UNION / GUERNSEY – Guernsey Police allowed to import Tasers [despite EU ban on torture-weapon exports] (2012-02-09)

Posted on February 9 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS. Guernsey (and Jersey) have a special status (primarily as tax-havens) and are not members of the European Union, so the EU-wide ban on exporting “torture weapons” to countries outside the EU applied. Note, the taser is in this class of weapons. The UK government is passing new legislation to get around the […]

USA – Cincinnati: City denies excessive force in post-stun gun death (2012-02-07)

Posted on February 7 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Just another accidental death following the use of a taser: Douglas Boucher, who is mentally ill, was stunned numerous times and kicked and beaten while he was on the ground, according to an attorney in a lawsuit against Mason, Cincinnati. Attorney Alphonse Gerhardstein alleges that “the abuse of Mr. Boucher while […]

LIBYA – Deaths of detainees amid widespread torture [including “taser-like” weapons] (2012-01-26)

Posted on January 26 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: These are surel not actual tasers … still in recent days and weeks Libyans and sub-Saharan Adricans who stayed loyal Colonel al-Gaddafi during the recent conflict have been subject to systematic torture including shocks Taser-like weapons – which is tey another confirmation that taser merits the label “instrument of torture” ]] Amnesty […]

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 – Is There ANY Reason Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office Detention Officers Needed to Use a Taser On Marty Atencio? (2011-12-27)

Posted on December 27 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : One of the ugliest taser killings caught on film. Eight (!) Mariposa County Police brutally smash and taser a mentally disturbed Latino veteran in police custody, while others look on. Little wonder that this case is making headlines and many are calling for the police-chief’s resignation. Other cases of police abuse […]

USA – 2010 – – 21st Century Riot Control Tools – Anarchists and agitators beware: Heat rays and stink bombs are in your future (2011-11)

Posted on November 30 2011 by admin

 [[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : New “toys” to help police controls “riots” (read: demononstrations) include heat rays, sonic disruptors, mass TASERs, malodorants, and other new technologies. Dee the section on the Taser XREP (in bold): TASER’s Shockwave is an area denial device that was inspired by anti-personnel mines. The Shockwave ADS consists of three tiers of […]

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO – Taser attack: six cops to be charged (2011-10-27)

Posted on October 27 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS : Sounds like gross taser abuse and the taser being used as a torture weapon: Trinidad & Tobago Director of Public Prosecutions Roger Gaspard has instructed that six police officers be charged with crimes linked to the arrest and beating of three men who were also repeatedly shocked with Taser guns last year. […]