sep 062013
 

Figures show that since 2009, 57% of discharges have hit chest area, even though Taser warns of ‘serious complications’ Police using a taser during the attempted capture of Raoul Moat. Firing the devices at suspects’ chests carries the risk of inducing a cardiac arrest. Photograph: Jamie Wiseman/Daily Mail/Rex British police have fired Tasers hundreds of times at suspects’ chests despite explicit warnings from the weapon’s manufacturer not to do so because of the dangers of causing a cardiac arrest, the [lees verder]

sep 062013
 

A woman arrives with flowers at the scene in Gorton, Manchester, where a man was shot with a Taser and later died. Photograph: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian A man has died after police shot him with a Taser, Greater Manchester police have said. The 23-year-old was said to have suffered a “medical episode” and died after police fired at him with the stun gun. Officers were responding to a disturbance at around 8.15pm on Wednesday in Gorton, Manchester, when [lees verder]

okt 192012
 

CINCINNATI – An article just published by the American Heart Association’s premier journal, “Circulation,” presents the first ever scientific, peer-reviewed evidence that Tasers can cause cardiac arrest and death. The article, written by Electrophysiologist Dr. Douglas Zipes of Indiana University, is already generating a buzz among cardiologists in the Cincinnati area, according to Dr. Terri Stewart-Dehner, a cardiologist at Christ Hospital. “Anyone in cardiology has heard of Dr. Zipes. He is very well respected,” said Dr. Stewart-Dehner. Stewart-Dehner said any [lees verder]

okt 192012
 

Tighter rules are needed to limit the use of Tasers by police across the USA. “ Of the hundreds who have died following police use of Tasers in the USA, dozens and possibly scores of deaths can be traced to unnecessary force being used. ” Susan Lee, Americas Programme Director at Amnesty International Wed, 15/02/2012 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, [lees verder]

okt 192012
 

The sister of a Brazilian student who died after being tasered in Sydney’s CBD has told an inquest that the level of brutality police used on him cannot be ignored. Ana Laudisio told Glebe Coroners Court that sitting through the two-week inquest into the death of her brother, Roberto Laudisio Curti, had been one of the hardest experiences of her life. She gave a scathing assessment of police behaviour the night he died and criticised the lack of cooperation from [lees verder]

okt 192012
 

Today we added 60-year old Bill Williams (Everett, WA) as the 181st taser-related death in America since 2009. [NOTE: the full list is shown below]. According to Amnesty International, between 2001 and 2008, 351 people in the United States died after being shocked by police Tasers. Our blog has documented another 181 taser-related deaths in the United States in 2009-2012. That means there have been 532 documented taser-related deaths in America. This blog has been pointing out incidents of police [lees verder]

okt 192012
 

The IPCC is investigating an incident in Chorley, where an innocent person was struck by a 50,000-volt stun gun An innocent blind man was shot in the back with a 50,000-volt Taser by police after they mistook his white stick for a samurai sword. Colin Farmer, 61, was hit after reports of a man walking through Chorley, Lancashire, early on Friday evening, with a sword. He said he initially thought he was being attacked by hooligans when he was struck [lees verder]