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TASER Ruled As Excessive Force in Ninth Circuit Case

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.

Fullerton Cops Criminally Charged For Beating Homeless Man To Death

Two police officers in southern California have been charged in the beating death of a mentally ill homeless man. Over the course of nearly 10 minutes, the victim, 37-year-old Kelly Thomas, was tackled, hit with a baton, pinned down, punched repeatedly in the ribs, kneed in the head, tasered four times, and then struck in the face with the taser itself eight times. Prosecutors say the officers continued the assault even after Thomas stopped struggling and a pool of blood formed around him. Officer Manuel Ramos has been charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter and could face life in prison. A second officer, Jay Cicinelli, was charged with involuntary manslaughter and using excessive force; he faces a maximum sentence of four years. The remaining three officers involved in the killing have not been charged.

WHAT IS THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY IN GLENN COUNTY DOING?

On March 13, 2010, Justin Lee Bentley left a bar, got into his automobile and started to drive. Entirely too drunk, he got out of the car and began walking. An Orland, Glenn County police officer, Kyle Cessna, saw him, and called him over to his vehicle. According to Cessna’s statements in testimony of a year ago, Bentley was compliant, but clearly drunk. Bentley, in fact, was so intoxicated he can’t remember anything.

TASERS Are Used By Cops To Terrorize, Not Thwart Danger [LINK TO VIDEO]

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)

Video: Officer threatens taser use

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.”

Young Father in Willows CA Facing 22 Years So System Can Cover-Up Cop's Outrageous Violence

We are publishing this letter with permission of the writer.


Dear Redwood Curtain Cop Watch,

I just spent four hours in the Willows, CA Court house and am watching the assembly-line of sending people off to prison. I could see the bulk of them are getting sent away because they don't have enough money for anything but a bad public defender.

 

Florida Cops Get New Semi-Automatic Tasers- TASERS Kill! Ban Tasers!!

New Taser Packs Triple The Stun (TV news video in link)

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.

SLIDESHOW: 23 Raw Taser Cam Videos

"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.

VIDEO of Taser Torture Death of Deacon Frederick Williams After Epileptic Seizure Ambulance Call

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]

Tasers are Lethal Police Weapons, But Now They'll Be Researched in Canada

Medical study will look at Taser research gaps to better understand stun guns

Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press – Mon, 14 Feb, 2011

    A police-issued Taser gun is displayed at the Victoria police station in Victoria, B.C. May 7, 2008. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

    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.

My Son's Death, by Valerie Barber Dec. 2010

 In the December 17, 2010 Santa Rosa Press Democrat there was a very predictable story titled: JUDGE: SANTA ROSA POLICE JUSTIFIED IN 2008 KILLING. Wish we had a nickel everytime some version of that headline has been printed in our local press. Below is a statement (also sent as a letter to the Editor) from Jesse’s mom Valerie Barber. I’ve worked with Val for the past two years since her son’s death and she has been very generous with her time and energy reaching out to other families in similar situations. She went through the laborious process of finding an attorney and putting in the hundreds of hours it takes to build a case—a process that the local Leday and Sullivan families are now going through. Even getting the names of the officers who commit these killings is difficult and the deck is stacked big time against any sort of justice... for families left suddenly and unnecessarily without a loved one.

MESSAGE: from Redwood Curtain CopWatcher to Del Norte WatchDog- Regarding Cop with Taser Killing of (unarmed) Man in Crescent City, June 22, 2010

Lenda,
Please encourage the family to request an independent autopsy and for the body to be PRESERVED. 

When the system tells a grieving family that they have 'this' many days to cremate or bury, the grieving family usually does it quick and has to rally together the money to pay for it.  PLEASE tell them that they are entitled, if they request and notice the coroner, to an independent forensics testing (not sure how to pay for it, but it would be a forensic pathologist that the family chooses) and that should halt the "destruction" of Daniel's body. 

Also, they should work on not allowing the body to be destroyed so that if or when they sue , there is a body to examine.  OFTEN, the coroner's reports (including toxicology) do NOT match up with 1) the injuries that parents have seen on their dead children's bodies and 2) the substances that persons had in them prior to death (i.e. nicotine, marijuana)

UNARMED Man Killed by Cops with Taser, yesterday in Crescent City

Del Norte man dies in Taser incident

The Times-Standard  June 23, 2010   1:15:10 AM PDT

A Del Norte County man who assaulted two sheriff's deputies [we can always count on the Times Standard to be the immediately decided judge and jury for an execution by cop] Tuesday morning died after he was shot with a Taser and began having trouble breathing, the Del Norte County Sheriff's Office reported.


Two People Killed By U.S. Border Patrol

Lots of PHOTOS AT THIS LINK:  http://blogs.wsj.com/photojournal/2010/06/09/conflicting-reports-over-border-death/

Anastasio Hernandez Rojas was shocked to death by U.S. Border Patrol Agents in San Diego.  He was 42 years old.

Sergio Adrian Hernández, 14 years old, was shot on the Mexican Side of the border (El Paso Texas) by U.S. Border Patrol Agents
...

http://www.workers.org/2010/us/border_patrol_0617/

With fatal beating of Mexican

Taser Evidence Mysteriously Lost- Lenda Beck's Letter to the Editor, March 2010

Below is a letter that I wrote to editor concerning the state of affairs with law enforcement. and replying to a letter. City and County did away with the taser evidence from when the cops tried to kill my son. There were three tasers deployed. They said one taser was broken, and my son had to pay for it to be repaired. Now all the evidence has disappeared. I filed and administrative law suit with in 6 months of the incident. His belongings that he was booked with  also disappeared. These items probably contained evidence of the brutality that happened that night.

 

Mendocino COPS TASER YOUNG MAN As His FATHER DROWNS

California cops tasered a distraught son whose father was drowning after he and his brother complained that police were not doing enough to rescue their dad, while authorities prevented the two sons from making any kind of rescue effort themselves. The latest example of police brutality unfolded in Mendocino Country California. A San Francisco family was visiting Portuguese Beach when the father accidentally fell into the water and was washed away from the shore.

Michigan TEEN DIES AFTER COPS TASER HIM

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.