• 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).
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Published on December 7 2017 Read more...

(2017-12-07) USA: Are deaths in police custody being miscategorized as “excited delirium?” [[excited delirium // tasered, then died // corporate spin // autopsy]]

GlobalShock note: Please go directly to the site to hear/watch the content of this post - https://www.nbcnews.com/leftfield/video/are-deaths-from-taser-guns-being-miscategorized-as-excited-delirium-1111469123975 - , highly criticval of “excited delirium” as a cause of death, particularly when taser precede death. The only printed information is the following paragraph. NBC \In 2015, Norman Cooper, a 33-year-old unarmed black man, died at his parents home after being "tased" nine times by police officers. Now ...
Published on December 7 2017 Read more...

(2017-12-07) MONTANA: Polson Police Department holds officer Taser training [[taser-training]]

NBC-Montana POLSON,Mont. - The Polson Police Department held an in-house conducted electrical weapon, or Taser, training for its officers Thursday evening. Officer Jim Atkins, a CEW instructor, certified officers on using their new X26 CEW. “It makes so officers know the effects and know what it’s going to be like on the guy they are going to tase. They know what they put the person through; they’ve done ...
Published on December 7 2017 Read more...

(2017-12-07) COLORADO: District attorney: Man who died after arrest had ‘cocaine-induced excited delirium’ [[no taser involved // excited delirium]]

KUSA-Channel 9 Denver KUSA - The 17th Judicial District attorney released a decision letter Thursday saying that his office will not file charges against the Adams County Sheriff’s deputies involved in an incident involving an agitated suspect who died of a medical episode shortly after he was placed into handcuffs. Medical examiners say the suspect, identified as 37-year-old Paul Egli, died of cocaine-induced excited delirium. A large ...
Published on December 7 2017 Read more...

(2017-12-07) OHIO: Woman, 20, suffered miscarriage in jail after being tasered (in 2010) by ‘sadistic’ guards [[Reuters // tasers in prisons // woman tasered // excessive force // settlement // autopsy: taser included]]

Daily Mirror (UK) A new study by Reuters has found that use of tasers has been listed as a contributory factor in quarter of the cases A woman suffered a miscarriage after 'sadistic' prison guards used their Tasers on her, as a new investigation opens up serious questions about deaths and serious injuries in US jails. Martini Smith, who was 20 at the the time, is one of ...
Published on December 6 2017 Read more...

(2017-12-06) OHIO: Vet kills self as police serve search warrant (suicide // taser ineffective]]

Channel 19 News An animal hospital owner in Lorain took his own life Wednesday just as the Drug Enforcement Administration was serving a search warrant for records. It happened December 6, at 8 a.m. at the Animal Emergency Center at 5125 Grove Ave in Sheffield Township. Police say after they arrived, Dr. Craig Talbot DVM, 66, agreed to cooperate and led investigators to an office area where he told them he kept his ...
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(2017-12-06) BELGIUM: Tasers to be tested in 14 police precincts [[Belgium // police want tasers // taser-trial // taser rollout]]

  Brussels Times Jambon, who is also Vice President, had announced in parliament in March his intention to equip local police with this weapon, classified as non-lethal but controversial. At the time, he had referred to a six-month pilot period in 15 precincts. Since then, a framework was drawn up and an agreement worked out with the trade unions, according to the minister. The workers’ representatives are ...
Published on December 6 2017 Read more...

(2017-12-06) USA: Reuters Investigates: Part 6: The Prisoners [[tasers in prisons // tasered, then died // taser-use statistics // woman tasered // multiple taser discharges // drive-stun mode // settlement // excessive force // taser-training]]

  GlobalShock Note: Reuters identified 104 deaths involving Tasers behind bars, nearly all since 2000 … Of the 104 inmates who died, just two were armed. A third were in handcuffs or other restraints when stunned. In more than two-thirds of the 70 cases in which Reuters was able to gather full details, the inmate already was immobilized when shocked – pinned to the ground or held by ...
Published on December 6 2017 Read more...

(2017-12-06) NEBRASKA: Grand Jury finds probable cause to charge two former Omaha officers for in-custody death [[tasered, then die(2017-12-06) NEBRASKA: Grand Jury finds probable cause to charge two former Omaha officers for in-custody death [[tasered, then died // autopsy: taser included // police charged // excited delirium // crisis intervention training (CIT)]]d

[DEATH: Zachary Bearheels on 5 June 2017] WOWT-Channel 6  OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- A Douglas County Grand Jury found probable cause to charge former Omaha police officers Ryan McClarty and Scotty Payne for the in-custody death of Zachary Bearheels. The investigation ended November 28. The Grand Jury concluded that the cause of Bearheel's death was excited delirium, physical struggle and use of a conducted energy device. The Grand Jury ...
Published on December 5 2017 Read more...

(2017-12-05) NORTH CAROLINA: TASER press release: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Purchases 1,743 TASER X2 Smart Weapons [[corporate spin // false TASER statistics]]

GlobalShock Note: We upload this TASER press release for a single purpose: to show that TASER (since April 2017 rebranded as “AXON Enterprise, Inc”) continues to publish its FALSE FACT about how many lives its stun-gun has saved:  “To date, ...  more than 192,000 lives and countless dollars have been saved with the Axon network of devices, apps and people. Learn more at www.axon.com” What they ...
Published on December 4 2017 Read more...

(2017-12-04) CALIFORNIA: Autopsy Doctors – Sheriff Overrode Death Findings to Protect Law Enforcement [autopsy: police interference // independent scientific research]]

WQED-PBS Two San Joaquin County forensic pathologists have accused the sheriff of meddling in death investigations in order to protect officers of the law. Documents released Monday by a pathologist who announced her resignation last week raise serious questions about the integrity of investigations of people who died in the custody of law enforcement officers who used Tasers or other types of force. Dr. Susan Parson, who ...
Published on December 3 2017 Read more...

(2017-12-03) CALIFORNIA: Shocking 2016 police camera footage shows two officers tasing and tackling suspect with controversial chokehold technique that KILLED him [tasered, then died // mental illness // police vindicated // police body-cameras // autopsy: taser excluded]]

[DEATH: Fermin Vincent Valenzuela, 32 on July 10, 2016] Daily Mail (UK) California officials on Wednesday released surveillance and body cam footage of the fatal arrest of Fermin Vincent Valenzuela, 32 Valenzuela, a resident of Anaheim, California, died on July 10, 2016 He was taken off life support after being put in a medically induced coma Valenzuela suffered cardiac arrest after being stunned by police officers On ...
Published on December 2 2017 Read more...

(2017-12-02) TEXAS: 3 Fort Wayne officers exonerated in deadly shooting [[tasered, then shot, then died // taser ineffective // mental illness // police vindicated]]

[DEATH: Jeffrey Jones, 53 on 16 November 2017 (tasered on 27 October)] Fort Wayne Journal Gazette When three Fort Wayne police officers responded to a domestic dispute call Oct. 27, they found Jeffrey Jones fairly congenial, even though his wife reported that he'd threatened her with a gun. But the situation deteriorated once the officers asked to pat down Jones, with one officer having to wrest her gun out of Jones' ...
Published on December 2 2017 Read more...

(2017-12-02 – retrieval date) (2016-08-26) NEW YORK STATE: Attorney general clears Carmel police in stun-gun death [tasered, then died // multiple taser discharges // police vindicated // autopsy: taser excluded]]

[DEATH: Joseph Seguin, 38 on 30 November 2015] USA-Today ALBANY - Carmel police officers will not face criminal charges for the November death of Joseph Seguin, a 38-year-old Mahopac man who died after he was hit repeatedly with a police stun gun. A report released Friday by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman found Carmel officers' use of force against Seguin was justified under state law, clearing police officers of criminal culpability ...
Published on December 1 2017 Read more...

(2017-12-01) BRAZIL: Inmates stripped, tortured and shot with stun guns in horrifying footage filmed in brutal prison [[Brazil // tasers in prisons // excessive force // torture //

GlobalShock Note: many photos (none showing a taser) and a video available at this site of the UK sensationalist newspaper, Daily Mirror, which is focusing on the overall conditions faced by prisoners in Goaias State prison. TASER Inc. is almost certainly the manufacturer of these stun-guns, having signed agreements with Brazilian law-enforcements agencies. We have not directly confirmed the facts, which are also reported in ...
Published on December 1 2017 Read more...

(2017-12-01) NEW ZEALAND: Mentally ill more likely to be shot with a Taser, report finds [[New Zealand // mental illness // protesting tasers]]

Newshub A health charity wants to see the elimination of Taser use on people with mental illness after a police report showed they have higher chances of the weapons being fired at them. The 2016 Police Tactical Options Research report release this week showed the likelihood of a Taser actually being used after being pulled out by an officer was significantly higher if the target was mentally ...
Published on November 30 2017 Read more...

(2017-11-30) PENNSYLVANIA: Allegheny County pulls plug on donation of Tasers to Gateway School District [[offloading old tasers // tasers in schools // Reuters taser report]]

Tribune-Review (Pennsylvania) Gateway School District won't be getting a donation of 18 used Tasers it had been expecting from Allegheny County. Allegheny County Council in September introduced but never voted on a resolution to give the Tasers to Gateway. The Tasers became available when the county sheriff's office got newer models to replace them. The Gateway school board voted to accept the donation, even though it had ...
Published on November 30 2017 Read more...

(2017-11-30) OKLAHOMA: Medical examiner releases autopsy for deaf man killed in officer-involved shooting [tasered, then shot, then died // taser ineffective // autopsy: taser included ( but not as cause-of-death]]

[DEATH:  Madgiel Sanchez, 35 in September 2017] KFOR-TV GlobalShock note: the taser was discharged at almost the same time as police shot the victim: “Police say the taser did not connect. Sanchez was shot and pronounced dead the scene.” OKLAHOMA CITY – Medical officials are releasing new details in the death of an Oklahoma City man. In September, 35-year-old Madgiel Sanchez was shot on his front porch after two ...
Published on November 30 2017 Read more...

(2017-11-30) NEW ZEALAND: Police release the latest Tactical Options Research reports [[New Zealand // official report // de-escalation // mental illness // taser-use statistics]]

New Zealand Police press release Frontline policing is a dynamic, unpredictable and sometimes volatile environment, where Police and the public can sometimes come into contact, in highly charged situations. With approximately 3.5 million recorded face-to-face interactions with the public each year, and only 5,000 Tactical Options Reporting (TOR) events, Police ‘use of force’ remains relatively rare.  Less than 1% of face-to-face interactions with the public resulted in ...
Published on November 29 2017 Read more...

(2017-11-30) USA: Afraid of Being Pulled Over by Police? You Should Be [[excessive force // tasered, then died // tasered, then shot, then died]]

GlobalShock note: this post provides a broader perspective on taser use by American law-enforcement agents: it is part of the arsenal for attacking civil rights (re- Black Lives Matter): the police and other government agents are allowed to probe, poke, pinch, taser, search, seize, strip and generally manhandle anyone they see fit in almost any circumstance, provided they provide a palatable pretext for doing so. ...
Published on November 29 2017 Read more...

(2017-11-29) CALIFORNIA: New video shows Anaheim police using headlock, Taser on suspect who later died [tasered then died // public access to police video]]

[DEATH: Fermin Valenzuela, 32, on 2 July, 2016] KPCC-Southern Public Radio Orange County prosecutors released video Wednesday showing a fatal encounter between Anaheim police and a suspect. The videos had previously been sealed by a judge. Taken from bodyworn and surveillance cameras, the video shows officers Woojin Jun and Daniel Wolfe trying to arrest Fermin Valenzuela, 32, on July 2, 2016. It was in response to a 911 ...