• TASER International Inc. promotes its products - principally the X26 stun-gun, used by the Police - effectively and aggressively; see their official website: www.taser.com.
  • GlobalShock challenges this taser perspective.
  • Based in Montreal (Canada), GlobalShock.org is an online archive documenting and tracking the global taser controversy, posting published reports, each with a summary and comments: no other website is currently doing this on such a scale.
  • In January 2013 we uploaded our 2000th indexed post; the most disturbing problem is clearly the 750+ deaths following police use of the taser (see List-of-the-Dead).
  • Most posts are news reports from local or national media-outlets, URLs included; articles are categorized by COUNTRY and are cross-INDEXED; we also publish longer INDEPTH articles and our own EDITORIALS (see NAVIGATION).
  • We welcome questions, reactions and suggestions for new posts from your local area: contact@globalshock.org
Published on June 18 2014 Read more...

USA – Thomaston, Georgia Taser Incident Sparks Outrage, More Alleged Victims Coming Forward (2014-06-18)

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: People in Thaston are organizing to protest against a police officer accused of brutality. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is reviewing an incident from June 11, where Tobin used a taser on 25-year-old Kelcey Rockemore, supposedly “because he made a sudden turn toward the officer”, following complaints that he had been “loitering” around a convenience store.]] WGXA-tv, by Shonti Tager People in Thomaston are ...
Published on June 17 2014 Read more...

USA – Stafford County, Virginia – Deputies stun naked man cursing outside house in suburbs (2014-06-17)

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Tasered for being naked? Police taser a naked man they found screaming and cursing outside a Stafford County home. He was then taken to the hospital and to subsequently to jail.]] wtvr-tv, by Scott Wise, STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. – Sheriff’s deputies used a Taser to subdue a naked man they found screaming and cursing outside a Stafford County home. Travis Andrew Cooke, 20, was ...
Published on June 16 2014 Read more...

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

[[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 incidents involved the weapon just being drawn or aimed, or ...
Published on June 10 2014 Read more...

NETHERLANDS – TASER Technology Summit June 10th, 2014, Amsterdam (2014-06-10)

 [[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: TASER Inc announces its “tech summit” at its newly-opened office in Amsterdam and here is a listing of what it offers. It’s free, and it allows the corporation to gain a further foothold into the new Body Worn Camera market. Controversial ex-Police Chief of Albuquerque, Ray Schultz, and the director of the “Rialto Body-worn camera experiment” research – from Cambridge University – ...
Published on June 8 2014 Read more...

USA – Gilbert, Arizona man dead a day after officers used Taser to subdue him (2014-06-08)

[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Tasered, then died: 34-year-old Daniel Bester in hospital.  was nude and yelling in the courtyard when police reponded to a domestic violence call. Police say he fought with them resisting arrest. It is unclear how mant times the taser was used. He showed signs of medical distress and died later in hospital. Investigators say they believe cocaine was a factor in Best's ...
Published on June 6 2014 Read more...

USA – Berkeley, California: Tasers for Berkeley Police? Not the Best Way to Deal with Most Crisis Situations (2014-06-06)

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The Berkeley police shooting death of an 18 yr-old mentally ill woman must not be used as an excuse for introducing tasers: Tasers can be lethal too. The Berkeley death of Kayla Moore, who suffered from mental illness and used drugs, would not have been prevented if the police had used a taser to subdue her.  Opponents of taser use in a ...
Published on June 4 2014 Read more...

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)

[[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 a moratorium on their use. Tasers can be be both ...
Published on June 4 2014 Read more...

AUSTRALIA – Review of police lockup Taser ban (2014-06-04)

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Should tasers be used in prison-cells (“lock-ups”) ? The aboriginal community says No” – particularly since were two police officers were given suspended jail sentences for assaulting Kevin Spratt who was tasered 13 times at the East Perth Watch House in 2008. But police are arguing for their re-introduction: tasers would be used as “appropriate level of protection enabling prison officers to ...
Published on June 4 2014 Read more...

CANADA – British Columbia: Burnaby Man tasered by RCMP and later dies; IIO begins investigation (2014-06-04)

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: An unnamed Burnaby man died after he was tasered by RCMP police, following a domestic dispute. “A taser was employed, and the individual is deceased,” confirmed Chief Civilian Director Richard Rosenthal of the British Columbia Independent Investigations Office (IIO). The RCMP say the taser had no effect on the man but say he became unresponsive while being taken into custody. The IIO ...
Published on June 2 2014 Read more...

USA – National Sheriffs Association: TASER Axon & Evidence.com (2014-06-02)

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: TASER International is a “corporate partner” of the non-profit “National Sheriffs Association” claiming to represent the 3080 sheriffs in the United States (see introductory material in italics below). This strategic partnership results in the following post of the sheriffs’ site – an advertisement for TASER”s Axon/Evidence.com body-worn cameras with the tacit approval of the association.]] Sheriffs.org Corporate Partner: TASER International TASER International Protect Life. Protect Truth. Welcome to ...
Published on May 29 2014 Read more...

USA – TASER INC – First nominee for TASER Rise award in the category “Agency of the Year” (2014-05-29)

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : … The TASER Rise Award aims to reward "exceptional police heroes" (and reinforce TASER Inc.'s standing in the police community). In this article on the PoliceOne website, TASER Inc. congratulates the St. John Police Department, Kansas, for appropriate use of the taser … "Our first nominee for TASER and PoliceOne’s first-ever RISE Awards in the category “Agency of the Year.”" ... ...
Published on May 29 2014 Read more...

USA – Millvale, Pennsylvania settles Taser lawsuit for $37,500 (2014-05-29)

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Millvale (pop. 4000) has reached a $37,500 settlement in the case of Thomas Jason James Smith who was tasered repeatedly in September 2012, after he was handcuffed.]] Post-Gazette Millvale paid $37,500 to resolve a lawsuit filed by a resident who was shocked with a Taser while handcuffed, according to documents released to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette this week. Officer Nicole Murphy shocked Thomas Jason James Smith ...
Published on May 29 2014 Read more...

USA – TASER International … : ‘Behind the Scenes of TASER’s RISE Campaign’ (2014-05-29)

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Posted on the official TASER blog May 29, 2014 by “Joe Domino”, depicting taser customers as “heros”: In this case the staging of scene for a TASER video (here). This links into the “TASER Rise” campaign, focusing particularly on women police officers: three winners will get free one-year subscription to AXON-EVIDENCE.com and a trip to and registration at the next IACP conference ...
Published on May 29 2014 Read more...

USA – State of Connecticut Could Pass 1st in Nation Stun Gun Regulation Law (2014-05-29)

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS: On the heels of several Taser-related deaths in the state during recent years, Connecticut appears to be on the verge of becoming the first state in the country to pass a law requiring police to track their use of stun guns. The ACLU says 14 people have died in the state after being hit by stun guns since 2005, and 10 ...
Published on May 28 2014 Read more...

USA – Albuquerque, New Mexico: City’s relationship with Taser stunning for some (2014-05-28)

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: More information of the links between Albuquerque Police and TASER International: After a scathing U.S. Department of Justice report on the Albuquerque Police Department the city hired consultants and one of them – Tom Streicher - has made promotional videos for TASER International. (Ex Police-chief Schulz has already been identified as being a TASER beneficiary, and, since retiring, has become a regular ...
Published on May 28 2014 Read more...

USA – Sherman, North Texas: Lawsuit describes woman’s disturbing death outside Texas cop car (2014-05-28)

[[Summary / comments: Lesa Surratt died of injuries suffered in a traffic stop in August 2013, including an order to "Tase that bitch.". She was tasered, and Ms Surratt was taken to hospital, where she was found to be in a vegetative state and placed on life support, according to a lawsuit brought by her sister. Lesa Surratt lay on the ground for 20 minutes ...
Published on May 28 2014 Read more...

CANADA – Police Taser sword-wielding man in Oshawa, Ontario (2014-05-28)

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A “sword-wielding” case where taser-use might be considered appropriate: 22-year-old Jourdon Pope, clad in motocross body armour and brandishing a sword, was tasered by Durham Regional Police in Oshawa (population 155,000), Ontario. The police initially drew guns to make an arrest. According to the police, the suspect dropped the sword when they demanded he obey them, but they said he appeared ...
Published on May 27 2014 Read more...

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

[[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 to review its Taser policies and training instructions.]] Baltimore Sun, by ...
Published on May 27 2014 Read more...

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

[[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 custody. How appropriate is this police use of force against ...
Published on May 21 2014 Read more...

USA – Supreme Court orders reconsideration of taser death lawsuit (2014-05-21)

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A brief overview of the case Baron Pikes, who was shot by police in Winnfield, Louisiana with a taser gun at least eight times over 14 minutes and later died of cardiac arrest. The U.S. Supreme Court has ordered the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider a civil rights lawsuit filed on behalf of Baron Pikes, since it is unclear that ...