Archive for the 'Victims speak out' Category

USA – Bridgeport, Connecticut: Beaten and Tasered 12 year-old at School for the Deaf, Parents Claim (2013-09-16)

Posted on September 16 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : In March 2013, staff members at the American School for the Deaf chased a profoundly deaf 12-yr-old student from the Bronx, New York, into a construction site where police Tasered the boy without warning, his parents claim in Federal Court. His parents are suing staff-members and the police for the incident.]] […]

CANADA – Peel, Ontario: Tasered senior’s daughter disputes police account (2013-09-05)

Posted on September 5 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The family of Iole Pasquale, 80 years old, and suffering from dementia is protesting the use of the taser –twice – against her by Peel police. The electrical charge disrupted her motor skills and she fell to the ground, breaking her hip. “The police should have defused that situation.” Although she […]

USA – Mom of man Tased by Fort Worth, Texas police disputes cause of death ruling (2013-08-30)

Posted on August 30 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Tasered-then-died – of a heart attack (natural causes). Jermaine Darden died within minutes of being Tased by Fort Worth police during a drug raid in May. The medical examiner ruled the manner of his death as natural. There was “no direct contribution of Taser to his death.” Jermaine’s mother refuses to […]

UK – Met [the London Police] faces landmark ruling for ‘unlawful’ mass roll-out of Tasers in police cars (2013-01-28)

Posted on January 28 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT: The London Police are facing a High Court action over a decision to put Taser stun guns in all response cars in London, the Police Chief being accused of acting unlawfully by approving the mass deployment of the weapon without public consultation by a 26-year-old man who claims to have suffered breathing […]

UK – Campaigners raise concerns over increased police Taser use (2012-10-21)

Posted on October 22 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Taser use in England rose by 45% in 2011 and the numbers are expected to continue to increase. Mistaken deployment of Taser on a Lancashire blind man – mistaking his blind-stick for a taser – and other incidents spark calls for more police control and restraint. A few weeks earlier, James McCarthy, […]

USA – Tampa Bay, Florida: Experts say trooper’s use of Taser on woman raises questions (2012-02-18)

Posted on February 18 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : When the Taser’s prongs hit her back, 20-yr-old Danielle Maudsley, who was handcuffed, spun backward and smacked her head on the pavement. She was tasered from a few feet away. She clutched her head and struggled to rise. “I can’t get up,” she moaned, her final words. She has been in […]

USA – Colton, California, man dies after police fire Tasers (2012-01-19)

Posted on January 19 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : 43-year-old Hutalio Serrano was tasered at least five times and died. There’s nothing to indicate that he was threatening officers. Family members called the police when they saw him “just walking up and down the street, kind of pacing, he looked like something was wrong with him, … We called police […]

USA – Los Angeles: Man who died after police Tasered him was mentally ill, mom says (2011-11-16)

Posted on November 16 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS: An all too typical case of a man in acute psychiatric distress, his mother calls 911 for help, telling dispatchers it’ll take quite a few personnel to control him, he is “yelling and threatening residents”, the police taser and pepper-spray him. He died while paramedics were putting him in an ambulance. “A coroner’s […]

USA – Portland, Oregon: Feds crack down on police brutality nationwide [$1.6-million settlement] (2011-08-10)

Posted on August 10 2011 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Chasse told CBS News chief investigative correspondent Armen Keteyian that his son wouldn’t hurt anyone. “This is a guy who couldn’t lift 35 pounds,” Chasse said. “And they say he was struggling.” Video shows Chasse being carried through the jail on his way to the hospital. He never made it. […]

UK – Family issues appeal over Jason Pearce custody death in Shropshire (2011-07-07)

Posted on July 7 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The family of a Shropshire man who died in police custody showing signs of a rare medical phenomenon known as “excited delirium” warned more people could die being detained unless more is known about the condition.}} Jason Pearce, of St Georges, Telford, suffered a fatal heart attack in Sambrook Crescent, Market Drayton, […]

CANADA – Relative of man Tasered by police in 2008 speaks out. John Chernekoff says incidents are too common (2011-06-14)

Posted on June 14 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) found the taser was not responsible for the 2008 death of Gordon Walker Bowe, who died as a result of “agitated delirium due to the ingestion of cocaine”. Police dispute whether the taser actually entered his body. The victim’s father-in-law protests “There will be no […]

USA – Kankakee, Illinois: Taser plaintiffs turn down offer (2011-05-13)

Posted on May 15 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: “Families of the nine Kankakee (pop. 25,000) Junior High School students who sued the city and the local school district after a police officer allegedly shocked them with a Taser have turned down a $90,000 offer last week to dismiss the case their attorney said Thursday.” Parents want changes in police policies, […]

USA / VIETNAM – Beaten Vietnam student got $90,000 from US (2011-05-12)

Posted on May 12 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: “Ho Quang Phuong received US$90,000 of non-taxable compensation for his injuries from the government of San Jose, California on May 9, two years after he was reportedly battered with batons and a Taser gun by the state’s police officers, BBC Vietnamese reported.”]] (excerpt from extensive site on “society in Vietnam”) Ho […]

BELIZE – Gang Supression Unit: Bigger Guns, More Force, But Is It More Effective? (2011-04-08)

Posted on April 9 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: “Sambula got one of the Taser and shocked me here. When he shocked me and i felt what it felt like I drew back and he pushed it on me again. It was more than one of them and they crowded me and shocked me all over ” …. Belize City – […]

USA – African American truck driver brutalized by Long Beach police [using taser] speaks out (2011-03-30)

Posted on March 30 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Note: GlobalShock is careful about sources. This article about police racism and the use of tasers comes from a source some visitors might consider “unreliable” : It was published in “Liberation” the on-line weekly of the “The Party for Socialism and Liberation”, based in California, which  is “a working-class party of leaders […]

Egypt – Army forcefully disperses mass Cairo protest [including with use of tasers] (2011-02-27)

Posted on February 27 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A report from the Israeli newspaper “Haaretz”. Two weeks after Mubarak’s resignation, orittesters demand no mombers of Mubarak’s cabinet be included in the new government: “‘Military police used batons and tasers to hit the protesters,’Ahmed Bahgat, one of the protesters, told Reuters by telephone. ‘The military is once again using force. But […]

YEMEN – Human Rights Watch: “Don’t use tasers on peaceful protesters!” – Interior Ministry Deploys Armed Paramilitaries to Stop Student Protest (2011-02-13)

Posted on February 13 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS:  Students and other protesters, calling for democracy,  are being tasered on the streets of Sanaa by Yemeni security forces and para-militaries. (See article on Egypt, a week earlier.) “[Security forces] attacked two demonstrators with electroshock tasers, witnesses told Human Rights Watch. Mizar Baggash Ghanem, a student leader at Sanaa University, told Human […]

USA – Highlights from Spokane Mayor’s State of the City Address [Taser complaints to ombudsman’s website] (2011-02-11)

Posted on February 13 2011 by admin

Pacific NW Inlander, by DANIEL.WALTERS [[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: “The mayor alluding, momentarily, to the shooting controversies that continue to dog law enforcement [not the law on shooting dogs!]: “We continue to address public demand for greater accountability in our Police Department. Thanks to the work of the Council and concerned citizens, we revised the duties […]

UK – Wales – IPCC to probe taser gun assault claim (2011-01-29)

Posted on January 29 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The UK Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) reports it will investigate a 2009 episode in which “[a] man says when he was arrested a taser was deployed and hit his head … The alleged incident happened in August 2009 when the man, … says he was hospitalised, receiving up to 12 stitches […]

USA – Tennessee Prison – Taser Probe Into Eye Under Investigation (2011-01-13)

Posted on January 13 2011 by admin

[[GlobalShock: 27 year old Scott Ramsey, in jail for probation violation for failing to appear for a drug rehabilitation program, was shot with a taser between the eyes to break up a prison brawl: non-compliance with officers’ orders. He has probably lost the use of one eye. In April of 2010, Corrections officer Jonathan Wingo, who fired the shock had completed eight hours of training (what did he learn?). Before the Monday use of the Taser, Wingo had fired it five other times. Four of those one other with the probes. (Suggestion of widespread use in prisons?) None of those shots hit above the neck….]]