Australian cops order double Taser trial

Australian cops order double Taser trial

Telegraph – NSW Police will evaluate an advanced double-shot Taser – capable of shooting two electric charges without reloading – to assess whether it should replace the current single-charge model. The Sunday Telegraph can reveal that senior officers have requested a prototype of the double-cartridge X2 Taser after receiving a demonstration of the device late last year. Read Article

Australia: Why the Taser-related death toll ‘is rising’

SBS – The death of 21-year-old Brazilian national, Roberto Laudisio Cruti, on a Sydney street after being tasered by police has ignited questions about the safety and police use of these weapons. Tasers, the brand name for the electro-shock device used by police, deliver currents of 50,000 volts and are designed to incapacitate. They can be used in “drive stun” mode (hand held) or fired on a wire with barbs at a range of around 6.4 meters. Read Article

Brazil wants answers after Taser death

The Australian – A Brazilian diplomat has called for a “clear and transparent investigation” into the Taser death of Roberto Laudisio Curti, as friends of the 21-year-old student from Sao Paulo claimed he may have been the victim of mistaken identity. With NSW police refusing to publicly discuss the circumstances surrounding the fatal stun-gun incident in Sydney’s CBD on Sunday morning, the tragedy quickly escalated into an international furore, with several major news outlets in Brazil referring to the “murder” of Mr Laudisio Curti by Australian authorities. Read Article

Taser death man may be from South America

AAP – A man who died after police stunned him with a Taser in central Sydney may have been from South America. Police have conceded he may not have been involved in any crime, even though he was identified as a suspect following a report of a robbery at a convenience store in King St early on Sunday morning. Officers confronted him in Pitt St about 5.30am (AEDT) and tried to arrest him. Read Article

Australian Police investigate Taser death

AAP – A man who may not have been involved in any crime, and may not have posed a danger, has died after police stunned him a with a Taser in central Sydney. Officers had identified the man as a suspect after a report of a robbery at a convenience store in King St about 5.30am today. They confronted him in Pitt St and tried to arrest him. When he resisted, they used capsicum spray and a Taser. He stopped breathing and died despite the efforts of police and paramedics. Read Article

Police justified in Tasering of mentally ill man, D.A. says

LA Times – San Bernardino police officers who used a Taser on a mentally ill man shortly before he died were justified in their actions, the San Bernardino County district attorney’s office said Thursday. Sgts. Eric Fyvie and Travis Walker and Officers Von Verbanic and Joey Zinkand acted in a legal way when they restrained Frank Cleo Sutphin, 19, who suffered from schizophrenia and depression and was living at a San Bernardino care facility when he died. Read Article

Australia: Victorian police to carry controversial stun guns

ABC – Victorian police officers will soon be allowed to carry tasers, in a move that brings Victoria into line with New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia. But unlike other states, Victorian officers will use a new type of taser which can fire a second electric shock. Civil liberties groups are alarmed, saying the new weapons should have been trialed first. Read Article

Police Contributed To Man’s Death In North Chicago

CBS — The Lake County Coroner’s office says police blows and a Taser shock are to blame in part for the death of a man who was involved in a confrontation with North Chicago police last November. As WBBM Newsradio’s John Cody reports, Lake County Coroner Artis Yancey says the death of Darrin Hanna, 45, was caused in part by trauma inflicted by police after they shocked him with a Taser. Read Article

New Trial Sought In Md. Taser Death Case

Associated Press – A Frederick man’s parents are seeking a new trial on their civil claim that a Frederick County sheriff’s deputy wrongfully caused his death by shocking him twice with a Taser. The Frederick News-Post reports that lawyers for Tanya Thomas and Jeffrey Gray filed the motion Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. A federal jury ruled last month that Cpl. Rudy Torres didn’t use excessive force against Jarrel Gray, 20. The jury found that Torres assaulted Gray but said he wasn’t liable because he was protecting himself. Read Article

No justice for woman tasered to brain death

PressTV – A Florida police officer who tasered a 20-year-old US woman until she was brain dead has been cleared of wrongdoing. The Florida Highway Police says the officer was trying to prevent the woman from fleeing and cleared the officer of any wrongdoing this week. Danielle Maudsley went into a coma in September after Florida Highway Police Trooper Daniel Cole tasered her in the back as she tried to escape from the police while handcuffed. Read Article

USA: Stricter limits urged as deaths following police Taser use reach 500

Amnesty International – The deaths of 500 people following police use of Tasers underscores the need for tighter rules limiting the use of such weapons in law enforcement, Amnesty International said. According to data collected by Amnesty International, at least 500 people in the USA have died since 2001 after being shocked with Tasers either during their arrest or while in jail. Read Article

Police forces on alert over deadly million-volt ‘Tasers’ disguised as mobile phones

Daily Mail – Police forces across Britain have been warned to beware of a flood of high-powered stun guns disguised as mobile phones which are being smuggled into the country. Operated by pressing a button on the side of the device, the weapons can disable victims with a million-volt charge – many times more powerful than a police Taser. Read Article

USA: Coroner Releases Details In Teen’s Taser Death

Cincinnati News – Authorities have released details on the death of a high school student at the University of Cincinnati that prompted an investigation by News 5. Everette Howard, 18, was stunned by a Taser gun deployed by officers at the University of Cincinnati six months ago. “One thing that runs through my mind often is if he didn’t get Tased, he wouldn’t be dead,” mentor Ekundayo Igeleke said. Read Article

Teen with autism shot to death by police

Chicago Tribune – Calumet City police had been called to subdue Stephon Watts 10 times in less than two years, using Tasers at least once on the 15-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome. On Wednesday, officers were called again to the teen’s home, where two officers found Watts in his basement wielding a kitchen knife. Watts “lashed out” with the knife and struck one of the officers in the forearm, said police Chief Edward Gilmore. Read Article

Calafornia Ranger zaps off-leash dog walker with shock weapon

San Fransisco Chronicle – A Montara man walking two lapdogs off leash was hit with an electric-shock gun by a National Park Service ranger after allegedly giving a false name and trying to walk away, authorities said Monday. The park ranger encountered Gary Hesterberg with his two small dogs Sunday afternoon at Rancho Corral de Tierra, which was recently incorporated into the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, said Howard Levitt, a spokesman for the park service. Read Article

New Taser standards in place for B.C. police

CTV News – The new standards for Taser use are being rolled out across the province Monday, requiring police to undergo mandatory training for the conducted-energy weapons. The changes to B.C. policy come in response to the 2007 death of Robert Dziekanski, who was Tasered multiple times at the Vancouver International Airport. Retired judge Thomas Braidwood led an inquiry into the case and recommended the changes, which will now see police trained at a provincial standard to improve safety. Read Article

Police use stun gun on Occupy DC protester

Associated Press – U.S. Park Police say an officer used an electronic stun gun on an Occupy DC participant who was tearing down fliers warning protesters about the ban on camping in McPherson Square. Police said the unidentified man was charged with disorderly conduct. The arrest occurred shortly after noon Sunday. Read Article

Two US Policemen Shoot 43-year-old Woman in the Back with Tasers

MSNBC – A teacher with Horry County Schools has been placed on leave after she was reportedly tased while refusing to listen to Horry County officers Friday night. According to a police report obtained by WMBF News, officers were patrolling in the Dog Bluff area of Horry County around 10 p.m. when they saw a white Ford Explorer traveling south on Dog Bluff Road. After a check of the license plate, it was discovered that the plates were suspended as well as expired. According to the report, the driver did not stop once a traffic stop was initiated until he got to a home along Dog Bluff Road. Read Article

Doubts surface as police sharply increase Taser use

Chicago Tribune – The traffic stop began peacefully three hours into New Year’s Day 2010, with the woman driving the SUV telling the officer that she hadn’t been drinking and her husband merrily exclaiming he was the source of the alcohol smell. But the situation soured when Steven Kotlinski, 55, stepped out to watch his wife’s sobriety test, provoking the Mundelein officers to order him into the SUV. Read Article

Illinois State Police investigate man’s death in local police custody

CNN – Six police officers in North Chicago, Illinois, have been reassigned to desk jobs while Illinois State Police and local authorities investigate why a 45-year-old man died in police custody last month, officials said Thursday. Darrin Hanna, who has a cousin who is a member of the North Chicago City Council and another cousin who is a state legislator, died after he was arrested in connection with a domestic dispute incident, CNN affiliate WLS reported. Read Article

Halifax County man dies after being shot with stun gun

WRAL – A 61-year-old Halifax County man died Tuesday, a day after police shocked him with a stun gun while he was riding his bike, family members said. Scotland Neck Police Chief Joe Williams said they received a call Monday night about a man who fell off of his bicycle and injured himself in the parking lot of the BB&T bank, 1001 Main St. The caller was concerned that the man was drunk. Read Article

UK Met police Tasered man carrying toy gun on train

Guardian – Metropolitan police officers fired a Taser nine times at a man sitting on a train in the belief he was carrying a weapon in his briefcase. The use of Tasers on a train comes as the commissioner of the Met police, Bernard Hogan-Howe, faces questions over his suggestion that more of his officers should be armed with the weapons. Hogan-Howe said this week he wanted to see more Tasers in response cars and Scotland Yard has confirmed work is going on to review the availability of Tasers for its officers. Read Article