• 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 October 10 2017 Read more...

(2017-10-11) TENNESSEE: Shocking bodycam video shows unarmed man getting Tasered TEN times at 50,000 volts each during public intoxication arrest [multiple taser discharges // excessive force]

Daly Mail (UK) Federal lawsuit filed by Paul Branch, 31, of Tennessee, claims excessive force and seeks $3million  Branch was arrested on January 16 in Knoxville on charges of resisting arrest and public intoxication  Body camera video released by plaintiff's lawyer shows two Knox County deputies repeatedly Tasering Branch  Complaint says use of Tasers made Branch defecate and urinate on himself, causing 'psychological harm' Deputies claimed ...
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(2017-10-10) OHIO: Family of man fatally shot by Euclid police files wrongful death lawsuit [tasered, then shot, then died]]

[ DEATH : Luke Stewart, 23 ] Cleveland.com CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The family of an unarmed man shot and killed by a Euclid police officer in March filed a federal civil-rights lawsuit Monday, alleging wrongdoing on behalf of the officer and another cop who responded to the call that led to the man's death. Officer Matthew Rhodes shot Luke Stewart, 23, after Rhodes and officer Louis Catalani responded to ...
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(2017-10-09) UK: Lincolnshire bodybuilder found hanged in cell at HMP Lincoln had expressed suicidal thoughts [[taser: successful suicide (but delayed) // mentally ill // multiple taser discharges // autopsy: taser excluded ]]

[ DEATH: Steven Batty (June 2016) ] Lincolnshire Live He had been Tasered after police were called to his home two days before A policeman fired a Taser at a bodybuilder two days before he was found dead after hanging himself at HMP Lincoln, an inquest has been told. Steven Batty died on June 21, 2016 at Lincoln County Hospital after he was founding hanging in his cell, a ...
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(2017-10-08) ARIZONA: Family Friends Speak Out After Elderly Springdale Man [aged 81] Is Tased By Police [[elderly tasered // protesting taser use]]

Channel5 News SPRINGDALE (KFSM) -- Family friends of Harold Marlin are speaking out after he was tased by Springdale Police, after officers said he did not comply with an order to put a knife down. According to his friends, Marlin, has a severe case of Alzheimer's disease.  Prior to the tasing, friends said Marlin was confused as he was trying to return home, thinking his neighbor's home ...
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(2017-10-08) ARKANSAS: Death Investigation Underway in Conway County by State Police [[woman tasered // tasered, then died]]

ArkansasMatters.com [ DEATH : Regina Twist, 36 ] CONWAY COUNTY, Ark.-- The Conway County Sheriff's Office asked Arkansas State Police to investigate a woman's death after deputies placed her under arrest early Sunday morning. State Police said the investigation is underway to figure out what exactly happened. ASP said Conway County Deputies responded to a disturbance around 4 Sunday morning at a home on Oliger Driver near Highway 9 ...
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(2017-10-08) FLORIDA: After Miami Beach Pays Just $100K After Tasering Teen to Death, a Look Back on the Case [[tasered then died // teenager tasered // settlement // autopsy: taser included // TASER corporate spin // police exonerated // University of Miami Brain Bank // excited delirium]]

[ DEATH: Miami New Times: Israel "Reefa" Hernandez-Llach (August 2013)] Miami New Times After evading any sort of criminal consequences for Tasing an 18-year-old skateboarder to death, the City of Miami Beach will pay a comparatively paltry $100,000 to settle the final wrongful-death lawsuit stemming from the case. On Friday, the Florida Bulldog reported that the city has finally settled a suit filed by Israel "Reefa" Hernandez-Llach's parents, Israel ...
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(2017-10-08) MISSOURI – Dogtown bar in St.Louis reopens after death of intruder who was shocked with Taser by police [tasered, then died]

[ DEATH : unnamed man, 60 ] St. Louis Post-Dispatch  On Saturday morning, a man in his 60s forced his way into the Dogtown bar and grill, wielding a knife, and made threats against four employees working at the time, authorities and owner Bob Brazell said. He said none of the employees knew or recognized the man, who police had not identified as of Sunday afternoon. Officers responding ...
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(2017-10-06) CALIFORNIA: Parents of mentally ill man fatally shot by LAPD awarded $3.5 million [[mentally ill // tasered, then died // settlement]]

[DEATH : Ruben Herrera (26), December 2016 ] Los Angeles Times An LAPD officer stands outside the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Harbor City after the December 2015 shooting of Ruben Herrera. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times) A federal jury awarded $3.5 million on Friday to the parents of a mentally ill man who was fatally shot by a Los Angeles police officer while at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, ...
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(2017-10-06) FLORIDA: Orlando police officer fatally shoots man while serving warrant [[tasered, then shot, then died]]

[ DEATH : Roberto Callejas, 35 ] WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Orlando Police Chief John Mina said a man was fatally shot after threatening officers with a knife. Shortly before 2 p.m. on Friday, there was a large presence of police officers at the Crossings at Conway apartments, located in the 4100 block of E. Michigan St.  Chief Mina said the father of ...
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(2017-10-07) INDIA: To reduce use of pellet guns, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) sends less lethal plastic bullets to Kashmir (India // less-than-lethal weapons // taser competitor]]

Times of India Highlights CRPF had ordered for the plastic bullets so that troops can just replace lethal metal bullets and use the new plastic ones. The usage of pellets in the Kashmir Valley had come under heavy criticism after locals suffered grevious injuries, including blindness in some cases. MEERUT: The CRPF has sent 21,000 rounds of newly-developed and less lethal plastic bullets to the Kashmir Valley ...
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(2017-10-06) CANADA: Should cops carry Tasers? Public to weigh in at Toronto police board meeting [[public consultation in tasers // inquest: need for more taser deployment // mentally ill // de-escalation]]

Toronto Star A discussion paper issued by police ahead of the Oct. 18 Toronto Police Services Board meeting suggests Tasers have resulted in fewer deaths than so called “empty-hand” techniques. The police are proposing expanded deployment of Tasers in response to recommendations from both the community and Coroner’s inquest into the shooting death of Andrew Loku. Toronto Police are exploring ways to use less-lethal force and will appear ...
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(2017-10-06) CALIFORNIA: San Joachim County cop flees after screaming man shrugs off stun gun blast, chases after him [[taser ineffective // taser causing aggression]]

Globalnews,com Police in San Joaquin County, Calif., say they’re investigating after video posted to social media Wednesday shows a man ignoring an officer’s commands, shrugging off a stun gun that is fired at him – and chasing after the officer in a terrifying confrontation caught on camera. Now the woman who shot the video is speaking out to local media after the clip went viral. “I was in ...
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(2017-10-06) MICHIGAN: Detroit: Damon Grimes autopsy reveals he died from blunt force head trauma; Taser leads found in hair [[teenager tasered // tasered, then died // autopsy: taser included]]

[ DEATH : Damon Grimes, 15 (August, 2017) ] local4news Wayne County Medical Examiner releases Damon Grimes autopsy DETROIT - The autopsy report for a Detroit teenager who died while fleeing Michigan State Police troopers on an ATV revealed the 15-year-old died from blunt force head trauma, the Wayne County Medical Examiner said. In the autopsy report for Damon Grimes, medical experts said they found a dislocation of the skull, multiple ...
Published on October 5 2017 Read more...

(2017-10-05) UTAH: Salt Lake City: Body-cam footage released by police in fatal shooting ruled justified [[tasered, then shot, then died]]

[ DEATH: Patrick Harmon ] kutv Salt Lake City — WARNING: The video and photos from police body camera footage depict a shooting and may be disturbing. KUTV is showing only a portion of the video but descriptions of the portion of the video not shown may be disturbing. Read and watch with discretion. (KUTV) The Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office released body camera footage from three police ...
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(2017-10-05) MISSOURI: St. Louis ACLU, protestors claim police use chemical agents, Tasers illegally [[excessive force // pepper-spray // demonstrators tasered]]

 St. Louis American Calvin “Cap” Kennedy – a familiar face among protestors since Ferguson – was tased by St. Louis police during a protest on Friday, September 29. Eyewitnesses claim it was unprovoked and continued though Kennedy did not offer resistance. Photo by Lawrence Bryant There was a crackle, a scream and then chaos in the final minutes that protestors marched through downtown Friday night. “They got ...
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(2017-10-05) COLORADO: Denver Grand County deputies, Kremmling chief testify in excessive force trial [[excessive force // taser ineffective]]

skyhiNews.com DENVER — Members of the Grand County Sheriff's Office and Kremmling Police Chief Scott Spade testified Thursday in the civil trial of Robert Mark Smith vs. Kremmling, marking the trial's fourth day before a jury. The court also heard from the woman who asked police to check on her friend the day of Smith's altercation with law enforcement officers. Smith alleges that members of the Kremmling ...
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(2017-10-05) GLOBAL: Axon Enterprise Is Just Scratching the Surface of Its Potential [[body-cameras // Axon // TASR // recurring revenue model ]]

[Note: this article from TomFool.com was written by an investment advisor who owns shares in AXON Enterprise] Wisconsin State Journal Many law enforcement agencies around the world are just starting to adopt body cameras that capture the interactions of officers for use in court. Axon Enterprise (NASDAQ: AAXN) has built a dominant position in the industry, and there's a lot to like about the business long-term. But I ...
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(2017-09-05) ARIZONA: Commentary: Taser-related deaths aside, in Cottonwood the show must go on [[taser-training // volunteers tasered // public perception of tasers // tasered, then died]]

verdenews.com There is no argument that Tasers are one of the very best tools available to law enforcement officers. The voltage from a Taser will drop a criminal in a heartbeat. It definitely beats getting shot. “Any police practitioner will tell you (the Taser) is a life-saving tool that has saved countless lives and dramatically reduced injuries throughout the country,” explains Cottonwood Police Chief Steve Gesell. That’s part of ...
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(2017-08) USA: REUTERS: Shock Tactics : Inside the Taser, the weapon that transformed policing

August 2017: Essential reading on the taser controversy ... Inside the Taser, the weapon that transformed policing Shock Tactics : A REUTERS SERIES Part 1: The Toll Part 2: The Warnings Part 3: The Experts Part 4: The Science Part 5: The X26 Interactive Inside the Taser The Taser Cases The Taser Alerts
Published on October 4 2017 Read more...

(2017-10-04) CALIFORNIA: San Diego: Civilians make split-second decisions at police use of force workshop [[taser-training // split-second decision-making]]

 Sandie Union Tribune A participant at the National City Police Department's workshop on use of force role-plays as an officer making a traffic stop. (National City Police Department) Within seconds of walking into the room, I found a man sitting on a chair, holding a gun to his temple. The tense moments that followed were part of a simulated scenario, part of a workshop put on last weekend ...