Taser Watch Australia - Counting the Deaths by Less Lethal Weapons

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« Reply #40 on: January 12, 2009, 01:52:26 AM »

Man Tasered after police standoff

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December 29, 2008 06:37am

POLICE have Tasered a man who allegedly barricaded himself inside his family's home south of Sydney armed with a firearm.

Police were called to the house on Landy Drive at Mount Warrigal about 9pm (AEDT) last night after reports the 33-year-old man was allegedly making verbal threats against his family.

Police negotiated with the man, who was armed with a rifle, through an open window on the home's front porch.  There was no one else in the home at the time, police said.

After a period of negotiations, a police inspector used the Taser through the open window.  The man was struck on the chest and the rifle immediately secured.

He was then handcuffed before 40 rounds of ammunition were allegedly found inside the house.

The man has been charged with offences including using a weapon to avoid apprehension and carrying firearms to injure, and will appear at Wollongong Local Court later today.

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« Reply #41 on: January 12, 2009, 01:54:41 AM »

Cops ring in new year with stun guns

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December 16, 2008 10:00pm

THE new year will see Queensland police armed with new crime-fighting stun guns.

Police have taken delivery of more than 1200 Tasers in a bid to protect the public and prevent unnecessary injuries to police and offenders. Since Taser trials began in July, police have fired them more than 100 times at various crime scenes.

Police Minister Judy Spence says evidence shows Tasers prevent injuries to police and offenders. "Tasers not only help police in difficult frontline situations, but they can also save lives,'' Ms Spence said. "So far, we have trained 635 officers in the use of Tasers.''

While 2600 officers across the state will receive Taser training by the end of June next year, a further 2600 are scheduled to receive training in the second half of next year, Ms Spence said. Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson said police would educate the community on the use of Tasers. "There is no doubt Tasers will improve safety for police, offenders and the community in general,'' he said. "Police are also developing a comprehensive community engagement strategy to ensure the community understands Tasers and how and when police may be called to deploy them.''

Ms Spence said the Crime and Misconduct Commission had helped evaluate and given feedback during the trial.

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« Reply #42 on: January 12, 2009, 02:09:29 AM »

Toowoomba police set for taser training

Louise O'Keeffe | 19th December 2008
The Chronicle/Nev Madsen

WHEN police officer Wayne Cooling was hit by a new police taser, he found the electrical pulses “very uncomfortable”.

However, the industry and education trainer for the Toowoomba District said he got up straight after he was hit.

He said tasers were a vital tool in diffusing dangerous situations.

Toowoomba police will be undergoing taser training in January and the weapons will be rolled out the next day.

The tasers are to be issued to stations rather than to each officer to ensure every shift has access.

By the end of June, 2009, there will be some taser capability within every district. A further 2600 officers will be trained in 2010 and the remainder in 2011.

Senior Constable Cooling said tasers can be used in two ways, one in “probe” mode which uses wires and a dart to deliver electrical pulses, generally rendering the offender incapable of moving until it is deactivated.

“The other use is 'drive stun' mode which relies on direct contact of the weapon onto the body and causes extreme localised discomfort,” he said.

“It does not immobilise the person and many not be effective on people drug or alcohol affected.”

Snr Const Cooling said after being tasered, the person may feel dazed, but will recover very quickly.

The taser is not to be used where there is risk of secondary injury, on the elderly, juveniles or women suspected of being pregnant, except in extreme circumstances.

http://www.thechronicle.com.au/story/2008/12/19/toowoomba-police-set-for-taser-training/


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« Reply #43 on: January 12, 2009, 02:10:48 AM »

Toowoomba solicitor calls for taser review

20th November 2008

TOOWOOMBA solicitor Nathan Bouchier has called for an urgent review of police use of weapons after an incident in which police held down and tasered a 16-year-old girl.

The disclosure of the incident in April, when police were trialling the weapon, should have caused the Queensland Government to delay the issue of tasers to frontline police, he said.

“The State Government has remained disturbingly quiet about safety trials, or lack of, on taser stun guns,” Mr Bouchier said.

“I don't think our police need them to subdue 16-year-old girls.”

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« Reply #44 on: January 12, 2009, 02:12:56 AM »

City police armed to zap offenders

Louise O'Keeffe | 12th January 2009

Toowoomba senior constable Susan Morris shows the new police issue yellow taser officers are being trained to use.

TOOWOOMBA police are now armed with yellow tasers on their belts after training on Friday.

Toowoomba Police sergeant Vern Holcombe said there were currently six tasers in general police, a couple in the traffic division and tactical crime and more to be issued in the criminal investigation branch.

“It is a roll out process and we are in the process of training in Toowoomba at the moment,” Sgt Holcombe said.

“We were qualified to carry at 4pm on Friday and so far 14 have been trained with more in the coming weeks.”

Sgt Holcombe said the use of having the tasers was that it was another force option.

“The trouble with firearms is that they are often lethal and this is less than lethal use of force. With OC (capsicum) spray - not everyone reacts to it and batons can cause other injuries.

“There are no lasting effects reported on tasers,” he said.

“The pulse interrupts the signal from the brain to the muscle so you lose co-ordination,” he said.

“I volunteered to be tasered so in case you do get hit; you know it is not a disaster.

“It is like holding an electric fence and the pulse is rapid and there is a five-second blast. It is painful but when it stops you can smile about it.”

The tasers are bright yellow and when drawn, a warning that a taser is in the officer's hand and is available is issued.

http://www.finda.com.au/story/2009/01/12/city-police-armed-to-zap-offenders/


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Re: Taser Watch Australia - Countdown to Deaths by Less Lethal Weapons
« Reply #45 on: January 17, 2009, 08:16:40 PM »
Inaction on Tasers is stunning

Article from: Sunday Herald Sun
Bob Falconer
January 18, 2009 12:00am

IN an environment where violence and the carrying of weapons is increasing, operational police need more ready access to Taser "stun" devices.

That message has been accepted and acted on by law enforcement agencies worldwide, but in Victoria we are still "looking into it".

Perhaps the local decision makers are confused or convinced by some of the inaccurate articles on Tasers or the selective critical comments from bodies such as Amnesty International.

There have been deaths after violent struggles with people being arrested who were subjected to a Taser. But, according to the manufacturer, not one of those deaths has been directly attributed by a grand jury or coroner to Taser use.

A just-released, three-year review of all Taser use against criminal suspects in six US law enforcement agencies found only three significant injuries out of 1201 incidents where suspects were subdued by Tasers.

Study author William P. Bozeman, MD, of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, concluded: "These weapons appear to be very safe, especially when compared to other options police have for subduing violent or combative subjects."

Taser is a brand name. The correct term is Electronic Control Device. Taser ECDs are deployed by more than 13,500 law enforcement agencies across the globe. The British Home Office has tested them with police specialists and supervisors in Britain and recently made the decision to deploy the devices to front-line patrol officers.

A Taser fires a pair of small, sterile metal probes connected with fine, insulated wires up to 6.7m and when the trigger is pulled, a five-second burst of high-voltage current flows through the subject individual. That causes neuro-muscular incapacitation and immediate loss of limb co-ordination. The effect stops almost immediately the deployment stops and there are no after-effects.

Tasers also incapacitate the 20 per cent of people who are impervious to OC (capsicum/pepper) spray because of their psychological state, the consumption of alcohol or other substance use.

As opposed to incidents when OC spray is used, the police do not have to tend to the breathing and eye irritation suffered by the person. The Taser is target specific, unlike OC products that can also incapacitate the police and innocent bystanders. The effectiveness of OC airborne products are also affected by the wind.

Of course, any form of operational tool of this type can be the subject of abuse. Existing batons and OC spray/foam can. Such possible misconduct should be tackled by selection, training, supervision and the thorough investigation of complaints. However, unlike other police tactical equipment, including firearms, the Taser has an inbuilt and sealed "black box" that records the date, time and duration of each use.

Yes, a Taser ECD is a form of weapon. If the metal probe hit a person in the face it may harm them, but if that same area was hit with the officially provided alternative, a bullet from a handgun, then the consequences would be much more severe. We must always remember these tools are provided as an alternative to the use of deadly force.

Within Australian policing there is a mixture of deployment levels. Western Australia is, so far, the only jurisdiction to equip all patrol police with Tasers, though Queensland is in the process of doing so. Others have taken an intermediate model and issued them to patrol supervisors.

Meanwhile, Victoria Police has issued the device only to specialist response groups which, despite all their competence and commitment, often cannot respond in the urgent time required.

Operational uniformed officers are the frontline of policing. Specialists come into play when matters stretch out, but many major violent incidents stand or fall by the tactical capabilities of initial response units. This is why they need immediate access to the broadest range of effective tools, including a device that can apply less-than-lethal force to rapidly incapacitate the increasing number of violent offenders with whom they dealing.

As WA Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan said recently: "No person has been shot by an officer in WA since we issued Tasers. If you use capsicum spray, the offender is down for about 40 minutes washing the gas out of their eyes. If we use the baton, we are trained to strike elbows and knees and that can break a limb. The Taser is fast and over quickly."

Based on my knowledge and involvement, never has the Victoria Police Command taken so long to make a determination on whether to issue a piece of tactical equipment whose aim is to reduce harm to its officers and the public. If it has alternative equipment in mind, or legitimate and defensible reasons to deny the broader use of Taser ECDs, then it should say so. Of course, it should then be prepared to be held accountable for that decision and any negative consequences.

Bob Falconer is a former Deputy Commissioner of Victoria Police, former Chief Commissioner for Western Australia and Chairman of STOPline whistleblower hotlines services.


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Re: Taser Watch Australia - Countdown to Deaths by Less Lethal Weapons
« Reply #46 on: January 19, 2009, 12:10:04 AM »
Tasers 'will kill Australians'

BY DAVID CURRY
21/12/2008 10:02:00 AM


AUSTRALIANS will die as a result of being shocked by a Taser, Civil Liberties Australia says, as reports from Amnesty International and the NSW Ombudsman raise concerns about the dangers and potential misuse of the weapon by police.

Civil Liberties Australia chief executive Bill Rowlings said Amnesty's report, USA: Less than lethal?, showed Tasers were not ''less-than-lethal'' as they were often described.

''They can be lethal weapons. The problem is you don't know when they're going to be lethal. The police have no way of knowing whether the person is being influenced by prescription drugs, by heart arrhythmia, or whatever,'' he said.

''Undoubtedly, people will die in Australia as the result of the use of these weapons.''

The Amnesty report says more than 330 people in the United States are reported to have died after being struck by police Tasers. The human rights organisation also says that in at least 50 cases, coroners are reported to have listed the Taser as a cause or contributory factor in the death.

But Minister for ACT Policing Simon Corbell said the Amnesty report used data from the US, where Tasers were widely distributed among front-line police and in prisons. He did not accept the description of Tasers as ''less lethal weapons''.

''A Taser is not designed to kill somebody, in the same way that capsicum spray and batons are not designed to kill somebody. [That's] in contrast to a handgun, which is clearly designed to potentially kill somebody.''

He said any use of force that ''occurs inappropriately'' carried risks and could result in death.

The Taser delivers a 50,000-volt, low-power charge of electricity that immobilises the person struck. The weapons have been in use since 2004 in the ACT, but have been restricted to the Special Response and Security teams.

ACT Policing says Tasers have been used 15 times to shock people in the ACT. Four of those were in 'stun gun' mode - when a Taser must be held directly against a person to deliver a painful shock, in what is sometimes described as 'pain compliance' because the person may already be restrained.

In a report on Tasers tabled in the NSW Parliament in November, the Ombudsman expressed concern about the use of stun gun mode. When Tasers were rolled out to senior officers in 80 commands across NSW, four out of the first five uses were in stun mode.

''This rings alarm bells for me, as we are already seeing a completely different type of use by general-duties officers,'' the Ombudsman said.

Mr Rowlings said stun gun mode tended to be used for compliance because it could only be used close to somebody, ''and normally in those situations the person is restrained in some way''.

But Mr Corbell said pain compliance was not part of the approach adopted by police in the ACT. He said there were very clear orders issued by the AFP Commissioner governing the use of force, which included the use of Tasers.

''I'm confident those orders make it clear that the use of force is viewed as a last resort, where negotiation and conflict de-escalation have proven to be unsuccessful,'' he said.

He said there were no plans to extend the use of Tasers beyond the Special Response and Security team.

The Police Federation of Australia has called on all state governments to arm front-line police officers with Tasers, following the shooting death earlier this month of 15-year old Tyler Cassidy in Victoria.

But Australian Federal Police Association chief executive Jim Torr said he did not want the ACT arrangements changed.

''We are satisfied with the AFP's current utilisation of Tasers,'' he said.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/tasers-will-kill-australians/1391870.aspx?storypage=0


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I wish we were allowed to have tasers - I'd feel way safer with one.
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« Reply #48 on: January 31, 2009, 04:37:25 PM »

NSW Ombudsman calls for freeze on Taser guns

Belinda Merhab | November 20, 2008
Article from:  The Australian

THE NSW Ombudsman has recommended a two-year freeze on further roll-outs of Taser guns, saying police standards for their use are inadequate, and the health risks are unknown.

Bruce Barbour told state parliament yesterday that general-duties police, who were issued the stun guns last month, were using Tasers at a higher rate than special operations police, who began using them in 2002.

"It is clear the number of incidents where Tasers will be used in the future will increase significantly," Mr Barbour said.

"There is already evidence of this. Tasers have been used on people on five occasions in the first two weeks of general-duties use. This compares with only 48 incidents over a five-year period" by special unit officers.

The Ombudsman's investigation found officers from special units had predominantly used Tasers from a distance, but in the first two weeks of use by general-duties officers, in four out of the five incidents the Tasers were used in drive-stun mode, where the gun is applied directly to skin or clothing.

The use of Tasers, which stun a victim by emitting a 50,000-volt electric shock, have been linked to heart complications and death.

Queensland police last week Tasered a 16-year-old girl who had ignored police instructions to move on, because she was waiting with a sick friend for an ambulance to arrive.

In another case, a 56-year-old NSW man who had threatened police with a frying pan died 12days after receiving three Taser shocks.

According to his death certificate, the man, who had heart disease, hepatitis C and schizophrenia, died of a heart attack.

Mr Barbour was unable to say whether the Taser played a role in the man's death.

NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said he was only made aware of the man's death through the Ombudsman's report on the case.

Mr Scipione said there was a training manual for the use of Tasers, and officers had to get an 80 per cent pass rate in a written exam before they were accredited to use the weapon.

Mr Scipione said Tasers had been drawn, but not necessarily used, 70 times since last month's roll-out of the weapons. He said there had not been related injuries to police or citizens.

Every Taser use was recorded by an inbuilt camera and was then downloaded and reviewed by Deputy Police Commissioner Dave Owens, he said.

But Mr Barbour said general-duties police were inadequately trained and informed on Tasers and the associated dangers.

"They do not give adequate guidance about situations where they shouldn't be used," the Ombudsman said. "It must be remembered that Tasers are not a non-lethal weapon, they are just a less lethal weapon."

Mr Barbour recommended a two-year review into Taser use, and said the standards that deemed Tasers safe applied only to healthy people.

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,,24678451-5006784,00.html


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« Reply #49 on: February 03, 2009, 03:34:37 PM »

Stun guns, drugs found in raid

February 04, 2009
Article from:  Australian Associated Press

STUN guns and drugs have been seized in a raid on a home in Sydney's south west, police said.

Police from the Middle Eastern and Organised Crime Squad and the Tactical Operations Unit raided a house in St Ann Street at Merrylands at about 3.15pm (AEDT) yesterday.

Officers allegedly found three stun guns, a quantity of a prohibited drug believed to be ice, steroids, cash, a replica firearm and suspected stolen goods.

A 32-year-old man was arrested at the house and later charged with possessing a prescribed restricted substance, knowingly deal with the proceeds of crime, goods in custody and four counts of possessing a prohibited weapon.

He was refused bail to appear at Fairfield Local Court later today.

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« Reply #50 on: March 02, 2009, 06:36:29 PM »
'We will look at tasers'

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VICTORIA'S new police Chief Commissioner, Simon Overland, has warned of a crime rise due to the world economic downturn and flagged that street police may be given access to Taser stun guns.

Mr Overland, 46, was yesterday named as Victoria's 20th chief commissioner. He has been given a five-year contract.

VIDEO > Top cop rejects zero tolerance

New Police Chief Commissioner Simon Overland outlines his vision for the future of Victorian policing. He said that while he believed in the policies of his predecessor, Christine Nixon, "I will be my own person."

In a wide-ranging interview with The Age he:

Gave qualified support for police having greater access to Taser stun guns.

Said he would review all police use-of-force policies.

Said he needed to negotiate with the Government for funds to cover the agreement to re-arm police with semi-automatic firearms.

Called for the community to condemn public drunkenness.

Said the Purana gangland taskforce was working on a new set of organised-crime suspects.

Rejected the need for an independent corruption commission in Victoria.

Mr Overland said all police force policies needed to be geared to protect police and the public. "I think they (Tasers) are a tool and we would have to be sure of our tactics before we go there. If they can be used as an alternative to firearms where appropriate, that would be a good thing."

Police from the Special Operations Group and the critical incident response team have been armed with the 50,000-volt weapons since 2004. Ms Nixon refused to allow street police access to Tasers, but the policy is under review after police shot and killed Tyler Cassidy, 15, in Northcote in December.

Mr Overland said there could be increases in street crime, thefts and domestic violence if the economy continued to plummet. He expected government budgets to become tighter as revenue shrank and money was diverted to rebuilding bushfire areas. "I think we will have to manage with what we've got." The former Australian Federal Police officer, who was appointed an assistant commissioner in Victoria in 2003, said he would work closely with the Office of Police Integrity to combat corruption.

"There will always be the issue of corruption in policing and we must have policies of prevention as well as strong enforcement," he said. Mr Overland said the community needed to develop a tougher approach to public alcohol abuse and believed public drunkenness should be seen as unacceptable in the same way as drink-driving. "If you are drunk in public, you should be shunned. If you want to get full as a boot, stay home. I'm not a wowser, I think people should be able to have a good time but we need to get to a position where public drunkenness is looked at in the same way as drink-driving - simply not socially acceptable."

He believed crime prevention was the key to successful policing. "My approach is that it is better to prevent crimes than solve them." He branded "zero-tolerance" policing as simplistic, saying success should be measured by a lack of crime. "Zero tolerance in its purest form does not have a place in our community."

Premier John Brumby telephoned Mr Overland last Friday to tell him he had the job, subject to cabinet approval. Mr Overland was the unanimous choice of the selection panel, beating two overseas candidates for the post.

Mr Brumby said Mr Overland was the superior and exceptional candidate. "His success in Victoria, obviously working with former chief commissioner Christine Nixon, particularly in tackling organised crime . . . led the Police Minister and I and the cabinet . . . to endorse him," he said.

Police Association secretary Greg Davies said the appointment was a chance for a "normalisation" of the relationship between police command and the union.

"(Members will) probably adopt a wait-and-see attitude," Mr Davies said.

http://www.theage.com.au/national/we-will-look-at-tasers-20090302-8mge.html?page=-1


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16 year old girl being tasered at Southbank (Brisbane)
« Reply #51 on: March 04, 2009, 05:33:53 AM »
Crime and Misconduct Commission critical of officer over taser incident

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/news/queensland/cmc-critical-of-officer-over-taser-incident/2009/03/04/1235842479883.html

Steve Gray | March 4, 2009


A police officer who fired a Taser stun gun at a 16-year-old girl used excessive force, the Queensland's Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC) has found. The CMC delivered a scathing assessment of how police handled a situation on the South Bank in April last year when the teenager defied a move-on order.

The girl had been waiting for an ambulance to treat her unconscious friend and when she refused to move on, police held her down and used the Taser on her. The CMC found the officer had shown poor discretion in requiring the girl and her companions to move on when they were waiting for an ambulance to treat their friend.

The officer failed to advise the teenagers of the consequences of disobeying a move-on direction, it said.

The officer also used the Taser contrary to Queensland Police Service (QPS) policy because the girl could have been restrained less forcefully and because the police officer admitted he knew she could be a juvenile.

It is police policy not to use Tasers against those under 18. Despite the CMC finding that the police officer had used excessive force, it recommended he only receive "managerial guidance".

The CMC had agreed that it would not recommend any disciplinary action against police officers involved in incidents during last year's Taser trial. The charge against the girl of obstructing police was dismissed in November last year after the children's court ruled that one of the two officers involved did not give adequate directions.

The magistrate criticised the police officers for over-reacting.

CMC chairman Robert Needham warned that police must learn from their mistakes or risk jeopardising the service's professionalism.

"The South Bank incident displayed very poor policing by the officer involved and showed a concerning pattern within QPS towards the handling of policing incidents," Mr Needham said in a statement.

He said there was no evidence that the incident had been used as a "learning opportunity".

"My observations of QPS failure to learn from mistakes are not limited to this case," Mr Needham said.

"The entire process of reviewing policing incidents should be aimed at improving the QPS level of service to the community."

The CMC is conducting a separate review of police move-on powers.

A response is being sought from the QPS.

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Police at war over tasered teen
« Reply #52 on: March 06, 2009, 12:26:28 AM »
Police at war over tasered teen

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Christine Kellett | March 5, 2009

A 16-year-old girl shot by police with a Taser stun gun in Brisbane last year could reap tens of thousands of dollars in compensation, legal experts say.

The Crime and Misconduct Commission's criticism of police handling of the April incident, which saw one of the controversial electric shock weapons used on the girl as she waited for an ambulance, would only bolster a compensation claim against the government.

"This girl's copped 50,000 volts from this machine. That is a pretty significant electric shock," Brisbane solicitor and compensation specialist Mark O'Connor said.

"I wouldn't be surprised if she has at the very least been traumatised. She may have some lingering effects or injuries. The level of psychological injury would have to be assessed...but in these circumstances she could be looking at tens of thousands of dollars."

The girl had been waiting with a friend for an ambulance at South Bank in April when she refused a police direction to move on and was zapped with the Taser by a male officer.

She was charged with obstructing police but the charge was dropped in the Children's Court, where a magistrate blasted the behaviour of police as an overreaction.

The sentiment was echoed in official findings handed down yesterday by the CMC, which concluded police had used excessive force against the girl and had breached their own policy banning the use of Tasers on juveniles.

Mr O'Connor said compensation claims against police on the grounds of excessive force were not uncommon, but could be long and "bitter" legal battles.

"But I think in this case, the finding (of the CMC) is obviously in her favour. I expect she'd have an easier ride than most. The difficulty will be proving the extent of her injuries."

Aside from physical harm, Mr O'Connor said people who had fallen victim to heavy-handed police commonly suffered Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression, hyper-vigilance and loss of sleep.

"They can become scared of police. It can affect their ability to work," he said.

"I think this is a strong case... I would certainly advise her to (pursue) it."

Criminal defence lawyer Michael Bosscher, a vocal opponent to Tasers, said the CMC's findings were "inevitable".

"There is almost no justification for Tasering a 16-year-old," Mr Bosscher said.

"Two months into the operational use of Tasers and the Queensland Police Service has been absolutely spanked by the CMC already.

"We are going to see more findings like this come out of the CMC and it is inevitable that there will be serious injury, and ultimately a fatality, as a result of these weapons in Queensland."

Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson said Taser training for officers had been enhanced in the wake of the South Bank incident, which occurred during a trial of the weapons.

Police Minister Judy Spence has been accused of bowing to pressure from Queensland's powerful police union and rushing through a roll-out of Tasers for frontline police before the trial had concluded.
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Re: 16 year old girl being tasered at Southbank (Brisbane)
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Police 'quietly' subdued girl before she was tasered

Tony Moore | March 7, 2009

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A female police officer had quietly restrained the 16-year-old girl in April 2008 before she was "tasered" by a male constable at South Bank, Queensland's Deputy Commissioner Kathy Rynders confirmed yesterday.

However Deputy Commissioner Rynders said she could not conclude that as a result of the policewoman's actions the young police constable should not have subsequently "tasered" the girl.

A Taser is a pistol-like device which fires an electronic shock to subdue a person.

Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC) chairman Robert Needham earlier this week criticised the police for their actions, telling reporters: "I don't think that this was an appropriate use of a taser."

The 16-year-old girl had been waiting for an ambulance to treat her unconscious friend and when she refused to move on, police held her down and used the Taser on her.

The CMC on March 4 found the officer had shown poor discretion in requiring the girl and her companions to move on when they were waiting for an ambulance to treat their friend.

The officer failed to advise the teenagers of the consequences of disobeying a move-on direction, it said.

The 16-year-old girl will now take legal action to sue police after being tasered by the male officer.

The incident - first reported at 12.36am on April 12, with police arriving at 12.42pm, was the first time a constable had used a Taser in the line of duty.

Deputy Commissioner Rynders defended the male officer, but confirmed a female police officer had already subdued the young woman before she was tasered.

"The incident went on for approximately 15 minutes and there were a number of phases in the interaction between the young people and the police," Deputy Commissioner Rynders said.

"And there was was an occasion where a policewoman was restraining a female," she said.

"Whether or not it was the same female, I don't remember."

The during the incident the Taser had come loose from the male officer's holster.

CMC chairman Robert Needham praised the actions of the policewoman to reporters on March 4, telling them the policewoman had "very successfully" and "very easily" subdudued the young girl.

Meanwhile, Queensland Premier Anna Bligh today defended police action after seeing the controversial taser video for the first time.

"Tasers are an important part of police equipment just as guns and other equipment are, but they have to be used correctly," Ms Bligh said.

"What is clear is that our police regularly confront situations where they have to take action to restrain certain activities but what is equally clear in this case that the CMC has investigated it and found excessive force was used.

"The police take that finding very seriously and will be taking that into account in their training in relation to their use of tasers. "

Queensland Police made a decision last year to introduce Tasers before a 12 month trial was finalised.

Assistant Commissioner Rynders said senior police had counselled the young constable.

"Within days of the deployment, the officer in question received an intensive debriefing and guidance from senior officers, including the head of the QPS Policing Skills program," she said.

Police have since changed training procedures for the use of the tasers.

Deputy Commissioner Rynders said the taser was now subduing people without being used.

"In the two months since the rollout started, tasers have been deployed on 87 occasions by frontline police," Deputy Commissioner Rynders said.

"Of those 87 deployments, just showing the taser was enough to allow police to take control and diffuse the situation in 69 occasions. Tasers had to be activated just 18 times, and only six of those occasions involved the use of the stun mode."

Before that - during the trial period - tasers were deployed 242 times, activated 141 times, wherethe taser was set in stun mode 75 times.
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Bligh, Springborg agree on Taser use

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In a rare display of unity on the election trail, Queensland Premier Anna Bligh and Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg on Saturday backed police use of Tasers amid debate over a stun gun used on a 16-year-old girl.

Ms Bligh said her government was committed to Taser stun guns, despite concerns raised by a Crime and Misconduct (CMC) inquiry into how police use the weapon.

CMC chairman Robert Needham, in his findings last week, criticised the police officer who tasered the teenager at Brisbane's South Bank last April, saying the incident showed a "concerning pattern within QPS (Queensland Police Service)".

After viewing a video of the incident at a press conference on Brisbane's bayside, Ms Bligh said the officer's action was unacceptable but she would keep issuing police with Tasers.

"Tasers are a very important part of the equipment that we provide our police and there is a lot of evidence to suggest that it has actually not only protected our police officers, it's also protected a number of people from what might otherwise have ended in a tragic incidence of self-harm," Ms Bligh said.

"But what we expect of our police is that they use Tasers carefully and within the guidelines. It's absolutely clear that this case used unacceptable methods.

"The CMC has been unequivocal in that. I'm pleased to see the police commissioner taking the CMC report so seriously."

She said she expected police to use all equipment, whether it was a Taser or gun, carefully.

Mr Springborg said the LNP backed the use of Tasers, as long as they were not over-used or improperly used.

He said the Tasers helped improve safety for police and the public.

"They can keep the person much safer than a lethal gunshot wound, and they can keep the police officer safer," Mr Springborg said.

"The point is they should not be over-used and they not be used in a situation where they might endanger somebody, so there needs to be much more common sense actually applied."

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Re: 16 year old girl being tasered at Southbank (Brisbane)
« Reply #56 on: March 07, 2009, 03:40:01 PM »
So they taser a 16 year old girl then the article talks about how tasers save police lives by stopping people with guns or suicidal people.

Yeah sure I'll just forget all about the 16 year old girl and all the other people tasered in light of it's awesome life saving potential...

Give me a break!

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« Reply #57 on: March 14, 2009, 07:17:07 AM »

Compensation blow for injured officer Matt Butcher

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Nicole Cox, Toddy Cardy and Paul Lampathakis
March 14, 2009 06:00pm

POLICE Constable Matt Butcher is not eligible for a single cent of criminal injuries compensation - despite being partially paralysed by a sickening headbutt.

A WA Police spokesman said legal advice received by Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan had confirmed the 32-year-old constable was ineligible.

To add more insult to Constable Butcher's injuries, assailant Barry McLeod, brother Scott and father Robert were seriously contemplating suing the police over the fracas in February last year.

The McLeods' lawyer, Michael Tudori, controversially said any action against the police was ``in the public interest''.

``You can't have police acting the way they did,'' he said.

``(The McLeods) don't want to make any comment while we are considering a civil case.''

But he said he was examining evidence presented at the trial which might be used in a law suit for compensation claiming the police had used excessive force.

Three more officers attacked in drunken brawl

Police officers were attacked in another night of alcohol-fuelled violence against on Perth streets on Friday.

Three male officers were injured trying to quell a fracas near Carnegie's Bar in Murray St about midnight.

The officers were taken to hospital for treatment, with one sustaining a back injury, while another suffered a suspected broken finger and a knee injury.

A third officer received a minor injury to his thigh.

Four people -- believed to be a mother, father and their two sons -- were arrested and charged after a brawl with bouncers.

Meanwhile, Commissioner O'Callaghan has ordered his force's legal team to investigate civil court action to recoup thousands of dollars in sick leave and medical expenses for Constable Butcher.

The civil action would be the first time WA Police had sought restitution in civil courts for medical expenses for an officer injured in the line of duty.

``What I want to do is recover, on behalf of the police, the money that we've spent on Matt Butcher, because he has suffered injuries,'' Mr O'Callaghan told The Sunday Times.

``I've been speaking to the State Solicitor about the possibility of taking civil action to recover Matt Butcher's medical costs, which amounts to many tens of thousands of dollars.

``He's been off work for a year and two months and we are exploring the possibility of civil action against the person who knocked him over (Barry McLeod).''

The move would be in addition to any civil action mounted by Constable Butcher himself against the McLeods.

``I want to test this in a civil case, but that doesn't preclude Matt Butcher from taking his own civil action for damages or whatever he wants to do and that's a matter for him and the union.''

On Thursday a District Court jury found Robert McLeod, 56, and his sons Scott, 35, and Barry, 29, not guilty of eight assault charges after the fight at Joondalup's Old Bailey Tavern in February last year.

Constable Butcher was left partially paralysed after he was injured when Barry McLeod felled him with a ``flying headbutt''.

Prominent criminal defence lawyer Shash Nigam agreed with the Police Commissioner's legal advice that Constable Butcher could not claim criminal compensation.

``If the alleged assailant is caught and found not guilty, the injury did not arise out of a criminal act,'' Mr Nigam said.

``The essential condition precedent of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Act is that the injury should be sustained by the claimant out of a criminal act of the assailant.''

In the Carnegie's Bar melee, when police stepped in to break up the brawl a 46-year-old man believed to be the father of one of the younger men allegedly ran at police and jumped on the backs of them in an effort to free his son.

An unidentified woman then allegedly assaulted one of the officers, punching him several times in the head.

Police said they used a Taser electro-shock device to subdue the father and one of his sons before they were arrested.

The 46-year-old was charged with obstructing police and assaulting a public officer, while his wife, 42, was charged with disorderly conduct and breaching a move-on order.

The 21-year-old son has been charged with disorderly conduct and two counts of assaulting a public officer.

His 19-year-old brother has been charged with disorderly conduct, assaulting a public officer and obstructing police.

They will all appear in Perth Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

In response to the attack, Mr O'Callaghan said the State Government's planned legislation for mandatory jail terms for people who assaulted police could not come soon enough.

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« Reply #58 on: March 14, 2009, 07:18:29 AM »

Man 'stabs himself, attacks police'

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A MAN stabbed himself in the neck and attacked police during a siege in Sydney's southwest, police said.

Officers used a Taser stun gun in the arrest of a 24-year-old man at a hotel on Camden Valley Way, Leppington, about 8pm (AEDT) yesterday.

Police said the man is wanted as a suspect in an attempted murder case in Queensland.

Officers from the Tactical Operations Unit and police negotiators were called to the siege.

The man was taken to Liverpool Hospital for treatment and remains under police guard.

He is expected to be charged with attempted murder before police apply to extradite him to Queensland.

Police also expect to charge him with possessing a shortened firearm, being armed with intent and using a weapon to avoid apprehension.

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« Reply #59 on: March 14, 2009, 07:22:20 AM »

Scott McLeod, 35, fined $4000, thanks police


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Todd Cardy, court reporter

March 13, 2009 11:10am

BREAKING NEWS: THE older of the two brothers cleared of the assault of Constable Matthew Butcher has thanked police for saving his father's life.

Scott James McLeod, 35, was today fined $4000 for threatening to kill a member of the public who videotaped on his mobile phone the fight involving the McLeods and police outside Joondalup's Old Bailey Tavern in February last year.

A District Court jury yesterday found Scott McLeod guilty of the charge but acquitted him, his brother Barry McLeod, 29, and father Robert McLeod, 56, of eight charges laid over the brawl that left Constable Butcher partially paralysed.

Scott McLeod's lawyer, Richard Utting, today told Judge Robert Mazza that his client wanted to commend the two officers who assisted his father when he collapsed from a heart attack after he was shot with a taser gun by Constable Butcher.

"Mr Scott McLeod wishes to thank the two officers who performed CPR on his father," Mr Utting told the court.

Mr Utting said when Scott McLeod told Jason Winchip that he "will f**king kill you if you do not delete the f**king video.

It was a hysterical outburst caused by the tension of the circumstances, Mr Utting said.

Mr Uttting said his client accepted the decision of the jury, was remorseful for his actions and wanted to apologise for any upset caused to Mr Winchip.

He said his client was starting a new job on Monday as a sales assistant now that the six week trial was over.

In sentencing, Judge Mazza said he was glad that Scott McLeod had expressed his thanks to the officers who performed CPR on his father, which he describes as "one of the many ironies of this case".

Outside court, Scott McLeod and his brother Barry again did not comment as they left the building.

Mr Utting told reporters while he could not comment on the case itself but as he was the president of the WA Criminal Lawyer's Association, he describes the comment today by Attorney General
Christian Porter that he was disappointed with the verdict as "highly inappropriate".

"The fact is we have had a jury sitting listening to the evidence and addresses for six weeks-they know better than anyone what occurred," he said.

"The Attorney General hasn't been in court at all so he simply doesn't know."

Prosecutor Simon Stone said the office of the director of public prosecutions was now reviewing transcripts of the trial.

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« Reply #60 on: May 13, 2009, 08:44:26 PM »

What no Taser?!

Tyler Cassidy's family should be furious at the fact that this large machete wielding 16-year-old who was also carrying two knives was easily subdued with capsicum spray.




Teenager caught with machete down trousers

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May 14, 2009 10:01am

A MELBOURNE teenager will face court after threatening police with a machete.

Officers spotted the 16-year-old, with a large machete stuffed down his trousers, riding a bicycle through the inner Melbourne suburb of Collingwood around 3.45am (AEST) today.

When the officers approached him, he pulled out the machete and held it above his head, police said.

The teenager rode off and again threatened officers with the machete as they chased him through nearby streets.

Police from Fitzroy and Richmond stations assisted Collingwood police in a stand-off with the teenager, using capsicum spray to arrest him.

Police discovered he was also carrying two knives.

He was charged with weapons offences and assaulting police, and was bailed to appear before a Children's Court on July 16.

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« Reply #61 on: June 12, 2009, 05:54:33 PM »

The more we have these unwarranted shooting stories, the louder the call will be from the "public arena" to have police armed with Tasers in Victoria.



Elijah Holcombe police shooting witness bombshell

By Adam Walters
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June 13, 2009 12:00am


Conflicting claims ... Elijah Holcombe killed in Cinders Lane, Armidale, this month

    * Elijah Holcombe "acting casual, not armed"
    * Contradicts police claims on shooting
    * Family devastated, police no comment

WITNESSES to the fatal police shooting of a young man have contradicted claims the officer had no choice but to shoot him.

Two women have independently sworn they did not see Elijah Holcombe armed with a knife and said he was at least 15m away from officers when he was shot in the chest. In statements obtained by The Daily Telegraph, the women claim Mr Holcombe, who suffered from mental illness, was "calm" when ordered to stop by police in Cinders Lane, Armidale, this month.

"The second person (a plain clothes police officer) was moving fast but never caught up with the first person (Elijah)," one witness said.

"I estimate the distance between them to be four or five car widths."

The second witness said Mr Holcombe's "demeanor seemed casual" and he was "in no hurry just strolling along". She said he had complied with an undercover officer's orders to stop and was calm, contrary to police claims that he ignored warnings to drop his knife.
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"The young man turned around casually and I would say he had a look of bewilderment on his face - but he was fairly calm and casual," the woman said.

"He just turned around and stood still. I can't remember anything about his hands - I was looking at his face. He didn't say anything."

On the day of the shooting Assistant Commissioner Geoff McKechnie said the officer had no choice but to shoot Mr Holcombe because he had made threats with a knife and refused to put down the weapon.

One witness said there was no attempt by the undercover officer to negotiate with Mr Holcombe.

"The gun discharged immediately after the third warning. I remember also that the third warning was immediately after the second warning," she said.

"The young man came off the footpath into the gutter. He fell into the gutter. His head moved around a bit. His body moved slightly. I did not see the young man with a weapon."

The sworn statements were made independently by two women who had parked their cars near the scene of the shooting behind the Armidale shopping centre.

Mr Holcombe's widow Allison Garvey had told The Daily Telegraph she is "completely devastated"

"The police were presented with many choices and in every instance they (made) the most careless choice they could make," she said.

A NSW Police spokesman last night refused to comment.

"An independent Critical Incident Investigation team is preparing a report," the spokesman said.

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Former cop warned of Taser death in 2009

June 12, 2009
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A FORMER MP and ex-Queensland police sergeant who predicted a Queenslander would die in 2009 from the use of Tasers has lashed out at the statewide rollout of stun guns following the death of a man today.

Police and ambulance officers received 000 calls at about 2.40am (AEST) stating that a naked man was acting aggressively and destroying property at a residence in Green St at Brandon, near Townsville, police said.

He was stunned with a Taser and died while in police custody.

Former MP Peter Pyke says the Queensland police and the Bligh Government had misinformed the community on the dangers associated with Tasers.

He also slammed the State Government's decision to equip all general duties police officers in Queensland with Taser electro-shock stun-weapons.

In April, Mr Pyke said: "Because the Queensland Police Service denies Tasers can kill, a Queenslander will die during 2009 from a Taser incident.

"While the QPS and police union pretend Tasers don't kill, they will risk Queenslanders' lives every time a Taser is deployed.''

Mr Pyke today said one of the clear dangers of Taser use was the effect it could have on a person who is on medication or taking drugs.

It is understood the man who died today was an amphetamines user.

"Tasers are not the 'non-lethal' weapons the QPS leadership claims,'' Mr Pyke said.

"They can kill and should only be used with that consideration in mind as a last resort before using a firearm.''

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Re: Taser Watch Australia - Countdown to Deaths by Less Lethal Weapons
« Reply #65 on: June 17, 2009, 01:04:53 PM »
Man died after 20 hits from stun gun
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Michael McKenna | June 18, 2009

THE north Queensland man who died last week after police used a stun gun on him was shot more than 20 times with a 50,000-volt Taser, prompting calls for an investigation into the use of the weapon and possible criminal charges against the officer involved.

Data downloaded from the officer's stun gun -- now being rolled out to police across Australia -- has revealed that amphetamines addict Antonio Galeano was shot at least 20 times, each for a duration of five seconds, before he collapsed and died while in handcuffs.

Capsicum spray had also been used on Mr Galeano during the incident, early Friday morning at a unit in Brandon, south of Townsville.

Police initially told the media that an unnamed senior constable had only used the weapon three times on Mr Galeano, 39, who earlier had allegedly assaulted a woman and was wielding a metal pipe when confronted by the officer and his partner, a first-year constable.

But The Australian can exclusively reveal that an inbuilt system in the controversial weapon -- which automatically records each time the weapon is fired -- indicated Mr Galeano was shot more than 20 times.

Mr Galeano was repeatedly shot, using the gun's "probe mode", which according to the website of US manufacturer Taser International, fires darts into the target, before a triggering delivers 19 pulses a second of about 1300 volts for five seconds.

"But the weapon also develops an open circuit arc of 50,000 volts to traverse clothing in cases where no direct contact is made," the website adds.

The Australian could find no other incident in the world where law enforcement has been reported to have deployed the gun more than five times in a single incident.

Queensland Council for Civil Liberties vice-president Terry O'Gorman last night said the revelations warranted an unlawful killing investigation into the police involved. "The focus of the investigation should not be about possible disciplinary action but whether manslaughter charges should be laid," he said.

"The amount of shots using this high-voltage weapon is completely contrary to appropriate guidelines and against evidence that a Taser is not supposed to be used more than once in a given period."

The senior constable, who shot the Taser, has told investigators from police Ethical Standards Command that he only Tasered Mr Galeano several times.

Police are also investigating whether the Taser malfunctioned during the incident or if the data recorded on the gun is incorrect.

But George Hateley, the exclusive distributor of Tasers in Australia, yesterday said a malfunction was unlikely.

"It is an outside possibility," he said. "And the data taken off the weapon is very accurate."

Mr Hateley said the weapon could be shot 196 times before it needed to be recharged.

The data on the Taser sparked Police Minister Neil Roberts and Commissioner Bob Atkinson to suddenly freeze the rollout of the tasers on Monday and order a Crime and Misconduct Commission review of Taser policy and training in Queensland.

But at the time, Mr Roberts and Mr Atkinsion refused to reveal the reasons behind their decision, saying "new evidence" was the property of acting state coroner Christine Clements, who is investigating the death.

Queensland police last night said they could not comment about the death because "it is currently the subject of a coronial investigation".

At least 1200 Tasers have been distributed to police in Queensland, after former police minister Judy Spence ordered 2500 guns be rolled out to general duties officers mid-way through a year-long trial.

Amnesty International has claimed that Tasers have been linked to more than 300 deaths worldwide.


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Re: Taser Watch Australia - Counting the Deaths by Less Lethal Weapons
« Reply #66 on: July 21, 2009, 03:04:20 AM »
It was Taser or gun, police say

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WESTERN Australia's top cop has defended the use of a Taser gun on a man who burst into flames after allegedly running at police with fuel and a cigarette lighter. Police say Ronald Mitchell, 36, caught alight when police used a Taser on him after responding to reports of petrol sniffing in the remote desert community of Warburton, 1540km northeast of Perth, yesterday.

WA Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan said Mr Mitchell was a known petrol sniffer and violent offender in the Aboriginal community. Mr Mitchell ran from a house at police officers carrying a cigarette lighter and a container believed to contain fuel, police said. They said he was asked to stop but he continued running toward them before the Taser was used.

"The police officers were concerned that they were going to be burnt so they deployed a Taser," Mr O'Callaghan said.

"The only other choice they would have had is to use a police issue firearm and the circumstances would almost certainly have been far more grave."

Police said one of two officers at the scene went to Mr Mitchell's aid when he caught fire, putting him on the ground and smothering the flames with his bare hands. While doing so, the policeman was struck on the head by rocks thrown by an 18-year-old woman, who was later charged with two counts of assaulting police. The officer received moderate burns to his hands from putting out the fire and a cut to the head which required five stitches.

Mr Mitchell received third degree burns to 10 per cent of his body and was airlifted to Royal Perth Hospital for burns treatment. He has been charged with assault to prevent arrest and possession of a sniffing substance. Two other people at the house were also charged with possessing a sniffing substance. Mr O'Callaghan said the incident would be investigated by internal affairs officers, who would try to establish if the flames were caused by the lighter or the Taser.

"When they deployed the Taser it seems like the offender did burst into flames," he said.

"I can't discount (that the Taser sparked the flames) but what I can say is there is a very strong possibility the fire was caused by the lighter in the hand of the offender."
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« Reply #67 on: July 21, 2009, 03:13:01 AM »
Possession of a sniffing substance.... eh?

Can't have gaoline?

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« Reply #68 on: July 21, 2009, 03:25:49 AM »
Possession of a sniffing substance.... eh?

Can't have gaoline?
It's a big problem with the indigenous populace as well as alcohol.

They really did a number on them eugenics wise. Families are broken, most are on drugs, jail or sniffing petrol on government welfare.
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« Reply #69 on: July 21, 2009, 12:49:45 PM »
Man catches fire after use of Taser
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 » 12:21am


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A man caught alight after police used a Taser on him as they responded to reports of petrol sniffing.

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A man caught alight after police used a Taser on him as they responded to reports of petrol sniffing in a remote desert community in Western Australia.

Police say Ronald Mitchell, 36, caught alight when police used a Taser on him after responding to reports of petrol sniffing in the remote desert community of Warburton, 1,540km northeast of Perth, on Monday.

WA Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan said Mitchell was a known petrol sniffer and violent offender in the Aboriginal community.

Mitchell ran from a house at police officers carrying a cigarette lighter and a container believed to contain fuel, police said.

They said he was asked to stop but he continued running toward them before the Taser was used.

'The police officers were concerned that they were going to be burnt so they deployed a Taser,' Mr O'Callaghan told reporters on Tuesday.

'The only other choice they would have had is to use a police issue firearm and the circumstances would almost certainly have been far more grave.'

Police said one of two officers at the scene went to Mitchell's aid when he caught fire, putting him on the ground and smothering the flames with his bare hands.

While doing so, the policeman was struck on the head by rocks thrown by an 18-year-old woman, who was later charged with two counts of assaulting police.

The officer received moderate burns to his hands from putting out the fire and a cut to the head which required five stitches.
well he had to cover his own ass some how , the  Cop almost kill a man with a Taser

Mitchell received third degree burns to 10 per cent of his body and was airlifted to Royal Perth Hospital for burns treatment.

He has been charged with assault to prevent arrest and possession of a sniffing substance.

Two other people at the house were also charged with possessing a sniffing substance.
Possession of a sniffing substance! WTF! ???
The Lawyers for the Taser burnt man will have a ball in court with this one!  :D
So when  your car runs out of fuel & you have a (fuel can) in your hand,
you are in (Possession of a sniffing substance)..
F..BullShit!.. RLMAO!!!! 
maybe that Cop has had too much sniffing substance! :D 



Mr O'Callaghan said the incident would be investigated by internal affairs officers, who would try to establish if the flames were caused by the lighter or the Taser.

'When they deployed the Taser it seems like the offender did burst into flames,' he said.

'I can't discount (that the Taser sparked the flames) but what I can say is there is a very strong possibility the fire was caused by the lighter in the hand of the offender.'

Yeah sure, what a load of BS! ::) how do you use a Lighter when you are being Tasered to death?
The Lawyers will have a ball in court with this one I tell ya!  :D


Mr O'Callaghan said police were advised where possible not to use Tasers around flammable liquid.

He said there would be no changes in policies relating to Taser use in the state.

'Tasers prevent police from having to use firearms in those sorts of circumstances,' Mr O'Callaghan said.
BullShit!

WA Aboriginal Legal Service chief executive Dennis Eggington said an urgent review of Taser policy and procedure was needed.

'Tasers have proven to be a lethal weapon in the past and if used at all, they should only be handled by specialist police and as a last resort,' Mr Eggington said.

Mr Eggington said he had concerns about the safe use of Tasers on Aboriginal people, many of whom were vulnerable because they had serious medical conditions.

'There are major health issues affecting many of our people across the country, from diabetes to heart health,' he said.

[/b]'When you couple that fact with thereality that our people are over-policed  and disproportionately imprisoned, there is clearly an increased risk of serious harm or death by taser to somebody who is already in a poor state of health.'

It was too early to comment on whether the use of the Taser on Mr Mitchell was warranted, Mr Eggington said.

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« Reply #70 on: August 14, 2009, 03:31:34 AM »
Watch movie 'The Hangover', it has some shots where police are laughing as they let children tazer people in their custody IN THE FACE and applaud the child.

Conditioning, hmm.
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« Reply #71 on: September 05, 2009, 08:44:58 AM »

THANK GOD! They are sounding like they will come to their senses and ban the damn things.



Tasers face ban after findings they can kill

Michael McKenna | September 04, 2009
Article from:  The Australian

THE controversial Taser stun guns may be scrapped in Queensland after a review warned that the weapons could kill and could not be modified to prevent a repeat of the death of a man this year when he was shot 28 times with the 50,000-volt device.


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The joint Crime and Misconduct Commission-police review, launched after the June heart-attack death of north Queensland man Antonio Galeano, has ordered an overhaul of police training and operational policy, requiring the stun guns to be used only when there is a "risk of serious injury".

The review, to be released today and obtained exclusively by The Australian, marks the first time an Australian authority has recognised the possibility the stun guns can injure or kill, especially when fired repeatedly at a person.

"The possibility of Taser use causing or contributing to death is possible and cannot be ruled out," the review warns.

The Arizona-based manufacturers have repeatedly denied the weapons can kill.

The report is expected to influence the nationwide rollout of Tasers, amid mounting evidence the weapons are being used by police as an everyday compliance tool and not as a non-lethal substitute for a standard gun in high-risk situations.

Sources have told The Australian a coronial investigation has concluded that amphetamine addict Galeano, 39, was deliberately shot 28 times, each time for a duration of up to five seconds, after he confronted police with a steel bar at his unit in Brandon, south of Townsville.

It was initially claimed the stun gun might have malfunctioned or that there was a glitch with the built-in computer system recording the number and duration of shots from the weapon.

But investigators will allege the policeman repeatedly Tasered Galeano, who dropped the metal bar after the first few shots, while he lay unarmed and writhing on the floor.

He died minutes later while still in handcuffs.

Civil liberties lawyers called for a criminal investigation into the death of Galeano in June, when The Australian revealed he had been shot 28 times.

Until then, police had claimed he had been shot only two or three times.

It will be announced today that the freeze on the rollout of Tasers to 3000 general duties officers -- ordered after the death of Galeano -- will be maintained while police move to implement the recommendations of the review.

Meanwhile, the 1200 Tasers with the Queensland police force will remain in operation. But the use of Tasers is under threat, with the CMC recommending they be modified so a single shot lasts no longer than five seconds, and that a limit be put on the numbers of times the weapon can be fired.

Police have been told by the manufacturer that "at this stage, this is not feasible with the Taser X26" -- the $15,000-a-piece weapon being used in Queensland and around Australia.

The review recommends that Queensland Police fit an automatic video device on the weapons, which records every time the Taser is pulled from itsholster.

Queensland police last year refused to buy the weapons with the optional "Tasercam" because of the cost.

Civil liberties lawyer Scott McDougall, director of the Caxton Legal Centre, said police should be forced to table in parliament every deployment of the stun guns in Queensland.

He said an independent medical study should be conducted on the weapons, and a freeze on their use should be implemented until the findings were released.

"We have clients who were Tasered who were not offering any resistance to police," he said.

"Fears that Tasers would be used as a compliance tool may have come to fruition around Australia."

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NSW police issued with Taser guns
« Reply #72 on: September 06, 2009, 07:31:00 AM »

One step back, two steps forward. The NWO system's consistency never ceases to amaze me.



NSW police issued with stun guns

September 06, 2009
Article from:  Australian Associated Press

TASER guns will soon be another weapon on a NSW police officer's belt and one of the state's top cop is adamant strict procedures will ensure the stun guns are used responsibly.
Premier Nathan Rees and Police Minister Tony Kelly handed over almost 2,000 Tasers today, equipped with cameras which activate once the stun gun is drawn, to the state's police force.

Over the next fortnight, 500 of the stun guns will be rolled out to weapons trainers and over the next 18 months all frontline officers will be trained.

The official rollout comes two days after a Queensland review recommended that that state's officers only use the stun guns when there is a “risk of serious injury”.

The review was ordered after the death of north Queensland man Antonio Galeano in June.

Data downloaded from the Taser used on the 39-year-old showed he was stunned 28 times in a confrontation with officers at Brandon, near Townsville.

The Queensland review also recommended better training and an investigation into changing the Taser's design.

NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Dave Owens said the THE force's operating procedures were different to Queensland and constantly reviewed.

“We believe that we have very tight, very good standing operating procedures around (their) use and how they will be deployed and we stick by those,” Mr Owens said.

Civil libertarians have previously condemned the use of Tasers, expressing concern about potential injuries and misuse.

Mr Owens said the camera ensures officers are individually responsible for their actions and the footage will be analysed by an assistant commissioner, professional standards officer and a supervisor.

Officers will have to undertake eight hours of initial training, pass a written test and be annually recertified.

Mr Owens said he believed the Taser was a good way of protecting officers and the public from violent offenders.

“Unfortunately my officers are confronted with extremely violent people, time and time again,” he said.

“In order to subdue them with a less than lethal option, that is what the use of Taser has been brought in for.”

Mr Rees said the introduction of Tasers will keep the community safe.

“This is a significant boost, a less than lethal device for use in those situations which, until now, may have required the use of a firearm.”

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« Reply #73 on: November 29, 2009, 11:39:06 PM »

Police officers plan to turn backs on Brumby Labor government at next election


RANK and file police officers plan to turn their backs on the Brumby Labor government at the next election.

An independent survey of more than 2000 officers commissioned by the Police Association shows support for Labor is at dismal levels.

Only 9 per cent of those surveyed will vote Labor, although almost half believe Labor will retain power.

The figures reflect a growing disillusionment with the Brumby Government's performance on policing matters, with an overwhelming majority stating it had performed "worse" or "much worse" in the past year.

Sergeants and leading senior constables were the most demoralised. Members based in country stations (66 per cent) and one-person stations (83 per cent) were the most represented.

The officers have called for police numbers to be boosted, stun guns to be issued to all police, and the OPI to be replaced by a broad anti-corruption body.

"Chronic understaffing" was identified as the most critical issue facing the force - due to maternity leave, an ageing workforce and attrition issues.

Outdated resources and rising street violence were areas of high concern.

But State Government spokesman Luke Enright yesterday insisted police numbers had been bolstered.

"The police union leadership is being hypocritical. At the last election they wanted 350 more police this term ... the Brumby Labor government is putting an extra 470 police on this term."

The performance of their bosses also had officers expressing their displeasure.

Members were asked to rate the performance of Force Command in the past year.

More than 70 per cent rated its performance as poor or very poor, and 49 per cent said management, headed by Chief Commissioner Simon Overland, was heading in the wrong direction.

Police Association secretary Greg Davies said: "There's no doubt that just as negative perceptions among the membership have built up over a very long period, so will they take time to turn around with the right strategies.

"This represents a real opportunity for the Chief Commissioner and his command team to show the membership that, in the future, they will be strongly supported by command.

"As our relationship with command continues to develop for the better, we are starting to see some encouraging signs of this occurring."

The Office of Police Integrity received the harshest criticism for its performance.

The integrity body, which led the investigation into former Police Association boss Paul Mullett, recorded a 95 per cent disapproval rating in the survey, with members calling for it to be replaced by an independent authority.

Only 6 per cent of members felt the OPI was heading in the right direction.

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« Reply #74 on: February 02, 2010, 06:13:55 AM »

Police defend Taser after man catches fire

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    * February 02, 2010 4:53PM

WEST Australian police have again defended their use of Tasers after a man who had doused a house in petrol caught on fire when officers used a stun gun against him.

It was the second time in six months that a man was severely burnt after being stunned by a Taser in the state.

Police said a 44-year-old man had locked himself inside a house in the Perth suburb of Forrestfield and threatened to burn it down.

They said he had spread fuel inside the house and thrown a petrol can at police, soaking a constable's shirt and pants.

The Taser was used when he walked toward the kitchen saying he was going to fetch some matches.

In July, a Warburton man caught alight after being tasered by police who were responding to reports of petrol sniffing in the remote desert community.

The man, a known petrol sniffer, allegedly ran from a house at the officers carrying a container believed to contain fuel and a cigarette lighter.


Police said they asked the man to stop but he continued running toward them, before they used the Taser.

Acting metropolitan region commander Nigel White said today that officers had been warned clearly about using Tasers in the vicinity of flammable liquids and fumes after the Warburton incident.

He said an investigation into the Forrestfield incident would determine whether a Taser had been justified.

"We've also got to remember that if the officers had drawn their pistols this person may not be in Royal Perth Hospital at the moment; he many not have survived," Mr White told ABC radio.

"It all gets down to the circumstances at the time and the officers are autonomous in making that decision.

"We are certainly pushing it to our officers that they have to be very wary in the vicinity of flammable liquids and fumes ... that certainly came out of the Warburton experience.

"We have to keep pushing the message that they have to be absolutely 100 per cent sure when they're discharging their Tasers, but it is a very, very important non-lethal force option."

Mr White said most officers handled their Tasers responsibly, but there were instances of improper use.

"One of the most sickening ones was a female officer waving a Taser at a bloke in the water who wouldn't get into the police boat," he said.

"She said, 'Get into the boat or I'll whack you with this'."

"That, in my opinion, was a gross misuse of police power."

He said while the Taser could not be classified as a defensive tool, it helped police avoid the risk of serious injury.

He said three reviews had been held into Taser procedures in WA and another one was to be held shortly, overseen by a UK expert in options for non-lethal force.

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« Reply #75 on: February 26, 2010, 05:11:53 PM »

Well there you go. Tasers are now being "tested" in the city I live.



Police to use Tasers in country Victoria from July 1

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    * From: Herald Sun
    * February 25, 2010 1:39PM

UPDATE 6.17pm: POLICE officers will use "conducted energy devices" in country Victoria from July 1 as part of a $300,000 pilot program.

Chief Commissioner Simon Overland today confirmed that the Taser devices will be used in Bendigo and the Latrobe Valley.

The trial, involving 30 Taser devices, will cost $300,000.

The Human Rights Law Resource Centre raised concerns over the trial, saying it left "vulnerable groups at risk of greater harm".

Emily Howie, a senior lawyer at the centre, said: "We are seeing good, evidence-based policy being discarded in favour of policies that won’t work and that will place Victorians at greater risk, particularly our most vulnerable groups.

"Currently, Tasers are only being used by Victoria Police in two specialist units – the Special Operations Group and Critical Incident Response Teams. This roll-out will see Tasers in the hands of less experienced and less trained general duties police."


Victorian Federation of Community Legal Centres executive officer Hugh de Kretser said the Taser was "not a non-lethal option".

"It is a less-lethal option that carries a risk of death," he said.

"This is not a question of whether you’d prefer to be Tasered than shot.

"There are better ways to reduce police shootings, such as refocusing on negotiation and cordon and contain tactics, better incident planning and better training around dealing with mental illness."

The Tasers have a visual and audio recording capacity, which will be activated every time one of the stun guns are used, Mr Overland announced.

They will only be available to patrols of two officers or more.

A Taser will be carried by one officer in a police vehicle in addition to their gun, ensuring the other officer can use their gun as a last resort if the Taser is ineffective.

"There are risks with the conducted energy devices, as with any tool,'' Mr Overland told reporters.

"It (a Taser gun) has the potential to save lives if it's used appropriately and if used in appropriate tactical situations.''

Mr Overland said police would decide whether or not they would roll-out the devices in more country areas after the trial was complete in July 2011, but extending the use of Tasers in metropolitan Melbourne was not on the cards.

Currently Tasers are used by Critical Incident Response teams and Special Operation Group police in Melbourne.

Mr Overland stressed the devices would not be used for compliance purposes and instead as a last option before police had to resort to a firearm.

"This will be a careful and controlled pilot," he said.

"I've made my expectations to our police very clear as to when they should or should not be using the devices.

"The device is only to be used to prevent death and serious injury in highly volatile incidents. They are absolutely not to be used for compliance.

"I'm confident that our police will use the devices appropriately and when justified but we have mechanisms in place to identify and address any misuse."

When asked whether the trial was related to the fact that law and order is a crucial issue in this year's state election, Mr Overland replied that "the decision around the trial is ours and ours alone".

Under the 12-month pilot program, all uniform and traffic management unit police at Bendigo and the city of Morwell will be trained in the use of Tasers in coming months.

Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner Kieran Walshe will personally oversee the trial.

It will be formally evaluated when it ends in July 2011, with a progress report to be compiled in January next year.

The Police Association has been pushing for the use of the devices for some time, but force command has resisted until now.

In a Herald Sun Issues Survey conducted late last year, 75 per cent of respondents said police should carry Tasers as an alternative to using a firearm.

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Officer Tasers boyfriend at party

12:09 AEST Sun Aug 29 2010
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Two WA police officers have been stood down following claims one used her Taser stun gun to shock her boyfriend at a party.

Police said the two officers from Carnarvon, on the WA's mid-north coast, are the subject of an internal investigation regarding the alleged misuse of Tasers.

It is alleged that while on duty on July 23, the officer visited her boyfriend at a party, where he asked her to stun him and his friend with the police-issued Taser.

Police confirmed that two officers had been stood down, with any possible disciplinary action pending the outcome of an internal investigation.

The alleged incident comes one month after allegations four officers at Rockingham police station, in Perth's south, used Tasers on colleagues during initiation rituals.

A sergeant and a senior constable were stood down and two constables were confined to office duties while an internal investigation was launched into that incident.

Opposition police spokeswoman Margaret Quirk said the two alleged incidents were a sign that there was a growing culture of officers misusing Tasers within the WA police force.

"I think police need to come out and say what they found in the course of both the Rockingham review and this review and how they intend to address this emerging culture of Tasers being used as toys," Ms Quirk told .

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Leaked document leaves politicians red-faced over tasers for teachers idea
« Reply #77 on: September 26, 2010, 07:06:43 AM »
If it was any other state I would buy the "just joking" excuse, but Queensland was the first state to roll out tasers to it's police so I'm thinking this was a serious proposal.



Leaked document leaves politicians red-faced over tasers for teachers idea

    * By Patrick Lion
    * From: The Sunday Mail (Qld)
    * September 26, 2010 2:09AM

QUEENSLAND teachers would be given Taser stun guns to control unruly students under a leaked State Opposition draft policy.

In a move labelled "ridiculous" by parents, Opposition Leader John-Paul Langbroek's office proposed handing teachers the 50,000 volt electro-shock weapons for protection against rising school violence.

A spokesman for Mr Langbroek yesterday admitted the stun gun idea - presented the same as other Opposition policy formulation documents - was created in the Liberal National Party's parliamentary offices.

Amid conflicting allegations over which of Mr Langbroek's policy advisers created the document, the spokesman yesterday claimed the plan was a joke among several staff, the Sunday Mail reported.


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Re: Taser Watch Australia - Counting the Deaths by Less Lethal Weapons
« Reply #78 on: September 28, 2010, 03:18:13 PM »
Red-faced Langbroek undeterred despite taser gaffe

    * Ursula Heger and Jeremy Pierce
    * From: The Courier-Mail
    * September 27, 2010 12:01AM

OPPOSITION Leader John-Paul Langbroek has again declared he will lead the party to the next election despite another embarrassing gaffe by his office.

The LNP leader was in damage control yesterday after revelations that a policy to hand tasers to teachers had been developed by his staff.

The leaked policy, which was described as a "joke" by the LNP, proposed arming teachers with the stun guns to discipline unruly students and to reduce stress leave in the profession.

The gaffe follows a horror week for the party, with frontbencher David Gibson stepping down after criticising Mr Langbroek's leadership.

Mr Langbroek denied the taser debacle would give further ammunition to those who want to see him turfed out of the LNP's top job.

"These issues that have been highlighted are peripheral to the issues that Queenslanders want to see addressed," he said.

"I am confident I am the best leader for the LNP and that I'm the best alternative premier for the people of Queensland."

He said he believed he still had the support of the party.

"I have no doubt that I do (still have the support)," he said.

The "joke" policy was seized upon by Acting Premier Paul Lucas, who demanded to know the names of staff involved.

"What staffers did know about this? Frankly, if any parent got a taser and applied it to their child they would be in the District Court staring down the barrel of a jail sentence," he said.

Mr Lucas said the leaked documents could spell the end of Mr Langbroek's leadership.

"We know last week that the drums were beating to get rid of Mr Langbroek," he said.

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Man dies after being Tasered by police in domestic incident at Sefton, Sydney

    * From: AAP
    * October 05, 2010 5:37AM

A MAN has died after being Tasered by police following a domestic dispute in Sydney's west.

Police were called to Helen Street in Sefton just after midnight (AEDT) where a man was reportedly trying to force entry into a house.

The officers confronted the man, who was allegedly armed with two knives. An officer subsequently used a Taser on the man, before arresting him.

A short time later, the man lost consciousness.

The officers performed CPR on him until paramedics arrived. He was taken to Liverpool Hospital where he died.

A crime scene has been established and the critical incident team will investigate.

A post-mortem examination will be performed on the man.


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