Posted by copwatch | Fri, 12/03/2010 - 12:09pm story
Police must have reasonable grounds for using Tasers, 9th Circuit rules
The court found that a Coronado police officer used excessive force when he used a stun gun on an unarmed motorist in 2005. The ruling could have implications for use-of-force policies across the West.
Posted by copwatch | Thu, 12/22/2011 - 10:32pm story
An alarming series of incidents offers some insight into how casual police have become about deploying "less lethal" weapons.
Posted by copwatch | Sat, 03/12/2011 - 11:44pm story
A judge has released video that shows a police officer threatening to taser two suspects, one in the neck, the other in the genitals. Constable Christopher Hominuk has pleaded guilty to one count of threatening bodily harm. (Feb, 8, 2011)
Peter Small Courts Bureau
Videos showing a Toronto cop threatening to Taser two suspects demonstrate the need to record virtually all police interactions with the public, a prominent lawyer says.
“It shows the tremendous value of insisting that police-citizen encounters, and especially police-detainee encounters, are video and audio recorded,” Paul Burstein, president of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association, said Tuesday.
There is no reason to believe police mistreatment of suspects is rampant, he added.
“Whether it’s rampant or rare … The only way to guard against it is to ensure that these encounters are video and audio recorded.”
Posted by copwatch | Sun, 02/27/2011 - 11:59pm story
Local Police Department Buys New Semi-Automatic Taser
January 27, 2011 TAVARES, Fla. -- A Central Florida police department is putting a new Taser on the streets that packs not one, but three electrifying shots.
Tavares police believe the powerful tool will let them subdue suspects before they harm officers or themselves.
The new model is called the X3. It can be fired three times in rapid succession without the officer having to reload. That means up to three suspects can be stunned, or one especially unruly suspect can be stunned more than once.
"If they're moving around, and you don't get both probes into the person, or into the party, then they just keep doing what they're doing because it doesn't affect them," said Capt. Danny Felicia with Tavares police.
Posted by copwatch | Sat, 01/29/2011 - 12:30pm story
Acceptable Use of Torture in the US June 23, 2009
The use of electric shock as a method of torture was first documented in Nazi, Germany, but today it is still used as an acceptable use of torture in the United States.
In Gwinnett County, Georgia, an un-edited police videotape shows 31-year-old Deacon Frederick Williams being struck with a TASER five times in 43 seconds, just 4 minutes after being led into the jail. He was handcuffed behind his back and in leg restraints, following an epileptic seizure at his home; an ambulance was called by his wife and son, but the police arrived first. His last words were: "Don't kill me, man. Don't kill me."
[click on title "VIDEO of Taser Torture Death of Deacon Frederick Williams After Epileptic Seizure Ambulance Call"to watch video]
Posted by copwatch | Sun, 03/13/2011 - 1:11am story
Medical study will look at Taser research gaps to better understand stun guns
Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press – Mon, 14 Feb, 2011
OTTAWA - Gaps in the research on how Taser stun guns affect people will be one focus of a federal program aimed at better understanding the powerful weapons used for years by Canadian police.
Posted by copwatch | Sun, 09/26/2010 - 11:54am story
Cops Kill in Washington Again and Again and Again and Again and Again - on the Police Murder of John T. Williams
Submitted by anon on Mon, 2010-09-06: anarchis news dot org
*Warning: the following article contains news mostly taken from mainstream sources. Apologies if any of the statements contained below misrepresent John T. Williams life in any way.
In the last week alone, 5 people were killed in “officer-involved” shootings in the Puget Sound region. On August 31, John T. Williams became the first of this last string of killings by police. John Williams, age 50, was a native man from the Dididaht, Nuu Chan Nulth nation on the west coast of Vancouver Island. He was shot four times in the chest by Seattle police officer Ian D. Birk, age 27.
Posted by copwatch | Tue, 03/24/2009 - 4:18pm story
link to article HERE
Michigan teenager dies after police Taser him
WASHINGTON (AFP) — A 15-year old boy died Sunday [March 22, 2009] in Michigan after police used a Taser stun gun to subdue him, police said Monday.
An investigation was opened and an autopsy ordered with police saying it was not clear whether Brett Elder's death was directly linked to the Taser incident.