Taser Watch Australia - Counting the Deaths by Less Lethal Weapons

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Re: Taser Watch Australia - Counting the Deaths by Less Lethal Weapons
« Reply #80 on: October 04, 2010, 11:37:08 PM »

The Greens better shutup if they want their Carbon Tax.



Greens call for Taser inquiry after the death of a Sydney man who was stunned

    * From: AAP
    * October 05, 2010 1:15PM

THE NSW Greens are calling for an independent inquiry into police use of Tasers following the death of a Sydney man who was stunned with the device.

Officers tasered the man in the chest and stomach after they went to a Sefton home on Monday night and discovered him trying to force entry into the Helen Street house.

The man, who was allegedly armed with two knives, lost consciousness a short time later.

Officers performed CPR on him until paramedics arrived but he died after being taken to Liverpool Hospital.

Greens NSW MP John Kaye on Tuesday called for an independent inquiry into the use of police Tasers.

"The theory that Tasers will reduce the amount of harm inflicted by police is being challenged by the number of people who have been seriously harmed or killed by the use of the technology,'' Mr Kaye said in a statement.


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Re: Taser Watch Australia - Counting the Deaths by Less Lethal Weapons
« Reply #81 on: October 05, 2010, 07:09:51 AM »
The Greens better shutup if they want their Carbon Tax.



Greens call for Taser inquiry after the death of a Sydney man who was stunned

    * From: AAP
    * October 05, 2010 1:15PM

THE NSW Greens are calling for an independent inquiry into police use of Tasers following the death of a Sydney man who was stunned with the device.

Officers tasered the man in the chest and stomach after they went to a Sefton home on Monday night and discovered him trying to force entry into the Helen Street house.

The man, who was allegedly armed with two knives, lost consciousness a short time later.

Officers performed CPR on him until paramedics arrived but he died after being taken to Liverpool Hospital.

Greens NSW MP John Kaye on Tuesday called for an independent inquiry into the use of police Tasers.

"The theory that Tasers will reduce the amount of harm inflicted by police is being challenged by the number of people who have been seriously harmed or killed by the use of the technology,'' Mr Kaye said in a statement.


Read more: http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/greens-call-for-taser-inquiry-after-the-death-of-a-sydney-man-who-was-stunned/story-e6frfku0-1225934335335#ixzz11S5DfElo

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Re: Taser Watch Australia - Counting the Deaths by Less Lethal Weapons
« Reply #82 on: October 05, 2010, 05:57:49 PM »

Shock tactics on deadly display

    * Natasha Bita
    * From: The Australian
    * October 06, 2010 12:00AM

Taser guns are capable of sending a 50,000-volt shock through the body of their victim, which in some cases has proved fatal. Source: The Australian

THERE are fears the lethal Taser gun is being over-used by police.

WRITHING and roaring in agony, the unarmed man is shot unrelentingly at close range with a stun gun as nine policemen stand watching.

"Stop f . . king around!" one of them commands, as the Aboriginal man - who had objected to a strip-search in the foyer of a Perth watchhouse - is stunned 13 times with a police-issue Taser.

"Do you want to go again?" an officer yells before sending a 50,000-volt shock through the man's contorted body.

"Wanna go again?"

Captured on closed-circuit television in 2008, the shocking footage was made public only this week by Western Australia's corruption watchdog. To civil libertarians, it is tantamount to state-sanctioned torture.

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    * Police set to ban use of non-video Tasers Adelaide Now, 5 hours ago
    * Vic tasers draw a blank Herald Sun, 10 hours ago
    * Heavily pregnant woman Tasered - report Adelaide Now, 13 hours ago
    * Taser saved officers' lives: police chief The Australian, 19 hours ago
    * New police probe after Taser death The Australian, 1 day ago

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"Police are far too trigger-happy," Terry O'Gorman, president of the Australian Council for Civil Liberties, said yesterday. "The evidence shows that Tasers can kill. We support the use of Tasers in a life-or-death situation or a violent situation where there is no alternative, but they're being used willy-nilly."

Three years after Australian police added the American invention to their arsenal, the Taser is being wielded as an instrument of intimidation rather than a weapon of last resort.

Instead of being pulled in place of a gun, it is being used in lieu of the traditional methods of negotiation, physical restraint or batons and capsicum spray.

Introduced without parliamentary scrutiny and little public debate over their safety or suitability, the potentially lethal weapons have been implicated in four deaths in Australia and inflicted injuries under controversial circumstances.

State corruption investigators are now calling for changes in how and when the hi-tech weapons are used.

The NSW Greens are demanding an inquiry into Taser use following the death yesterday of a man shot in the chest at close range with a Taser.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/shock-tactics-on-deadly-display/story-e6frg6n6-1225934565258


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Re: Taser Watch Australia - Counting the Deaths by Less Lethal Weapons
« Reply #83 on: October 05, 2010, 06:02:55 PM »

Non-video Tasers banned by police

    * Joe Hildebrand
    * From: The Daily Telegraph
    * October 06, 2010 12:00AM



Tragic scene ... an officer bags Taser wire for evidence at Sefton / Pic: Stephen Cooper Source: The Daily Telegraph

NSW Police will eliminate Tasers that do not automatically record video of confrontations, amid fresh concerns over the weapon and figures showing Taser use had doubled in the past year.

Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione was quick to defend his officers, saying the decision by a constable to use his Taser "may have saved their lives".

He said the inbuilt Taser video backed up the decision to fire on the Sefton man, who came at the officers wielding a pair of knives and was brought down just 2m-3m away.

"I certainly believe the consequences could have been tragic for one or both of the officers involved" had he not fired, Mr Scipione said.

However, many of the Tasers still in use do not have the video to verify that they are being used appropriately. These devices will be removed entirely within eight weeks to eliminate doubts.

The only Tasers to be exempt from the purge will be those used by the tactical operations unit, which handles counter-terrorism and hostage situations. These have modern X26 Tasers but with the optics removed.

Police were at the Sefton house over allegations that the man had raped a female inside the building.

The fatality came within 24 hours of another death in police custody when a grand final reveller who had been asked to leave St George Leagues Club died after being hit by police batons and capsicum spray. While police say that man was hit only in the thighs and legs, the Taser death has reignited debate about the safety of the controversial weapons which have been rolled out to all frontline police officers.

Ombudsman Bruce Barbour is considering a review of procedures in using the stun guns.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw-act/non-video-tasers-banned-by-police/story-e6freuzi-1225934574513


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Re: Taser Watch Australia - Counting the Deaths by Less Lethal Weapons
« Reply #84 on: October 05, 2010, 06:06:22 PM »
Tasers now the weapon of choice for police and prison guards

    * Drew Warne-Smith and Debbie Guest
    * From: The Australian
    * October 06, 2010 12:00AM

TASERS are fast becoming a standard-issue weapon for law enforcement agencies across Australia.

Almost 7000 of the electro-shock guns have been purchased in the past three years.

Despite mounting concerns about the misuse of Tasers -- with at least four deaths linked to the weapon -- police in every state and territory employ them.

Prison officers in two states are equipped with the guns, including Western Australia where a mentally disturbed indigenous man was tasered by two guards 11 times as he was moved from his cell.

A report by the WA Corruption and Crime Commission, released this week, found Tasmania and WA had the lowest threshold for Taser use in Australia, meaning police in those states had the most scope to discharge the weapon.

Victoria, NSW, South Australia and the Northern Territory were all found to have a "high" threshold for use.

There are no commonwealth laws or guidelines that dictate the use of the electro-shock guns -- which fire two barbs attached to an electrically-charged wire and deliver a disabling shock -- other than those governing importation.

And while the US-based Taser company instructs law enforcement agencies in their use -- as well as training "in-house" instructors, technicians and forensics experts -- those agencies are then left to craft their own guidelines.

While those rules of engagement are inconsistent, they typically dictate that Tasers can be used only when there is a risk of serious injury, and they cannot be used as a "compliance" tool, forcing people to co-operate.

A nationwide survey of police forces by The Australian yesterday confirmed the Taser's surging popularity.

The NSW force has nearly 2000 Tasers in circulation, while Queensland is on-track to train 8200 operational officers in Taser use by June next year, 2 1/2 years after the program was rolled out by police.

In WA, all frontline police and specially trained officers from the Department of Corrective Services have access to them.

And while Victoria Police has thus far limited Tasers to about 200 officers from Special Operations Group and Critical Incident Response Team, a regional trial was launched in July in which general duties and even traffic officers were equipped with them.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/tasers-now-the-weapon-of-choice-for-police-and-prison-guards/story-e6frg6n6-1225934575561


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Re: Taser Watch Australia - Counting the Deaths by Less Lethal Weapons
« Reply #85 on: October 05, 2010, 06:08:16 PM »
Heavily pregnant woman Tasered - report

    * From: AAP
    * October 05, 2010 6:27PM

THE multiple stunning of an Aboriginal man with a Taser by West Australian police and the stunning of an 18-year-old pregnant woman are far from being isolated incidents, the WA Aboriginal Legal Service says.

The West Australian corruption watchdog, in a report tabled in state parliament yesterday, found Taser stun guns were increasingly being used to make offenders comply with their orders.

The WA Corruption and Crime Commission (CCC) released video footage of a 2008 incident at the East Perth Watch House where Tasers were used 13 times against an unarmed, non-threatening man surrounded by nine police officers.

Acting Commissioner Chris Dawson yesterday admitted the man was stunned with a Taser again a week later by corrective services officers.

ALS chief executive officer Dennis Eggington said he was shocked by the footage but grateful that the rest of country was now aware of how some police were abusing their power.

Mr Eggington said that despite the horrific incident, sadly it was not an isolated event.

"We know in Warburton a man was Tasered between the eyes and consequently caught fire and he's now suffering terrible burns to the majority of his body and he will never recover," he said.

"We know of a case of a young lady, who was very late along in her pregnancy, was Tasered multiple times.

"I'm aware in the Pilbara a gentleman who had a metal plate in his head was Tasered and, of course, there's the stream of complaints that we get on a regular basis."

The CCC report found Tasers were being used disproportionately against Aboriginal people and that the police's use of Tasers on Aboriginal people had doubled in the past two years.

http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/breaking-news/heavily-pregnant-woman-tasered-report/story-e6frea73-1225934546359


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Re: Taser Watch Australia - Counting the Deaths by Less Lethal Weapons
« Reply #86 on: October 05, 2010, 06:47:49 PM »
I started this thread on March 11, 2008 and 2 1/2 years later in Australia we have had 4 people die (officially).

When I made my first post I was sure that the use of Tasers was going to cause fatalities and it makes me wonder, if I knew that this would happen then the Australian Government must have known as well...

Of course governments all over the world are shapping thier security and police and becomming eirily similar...


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Re: Taser Watch Australia - Police files reveal Taser 'breaches'
« Reply #87 on: October 11, 2010, 11:10:33 PM »

Taser 'breaches' by police revealed
Nick McKenzie
October 12, 2010

VICTORIAN police officers trained to respond to serious incidents have used Taser guns in apparent breach of force policy, including on people doused with or near flammable material, according to confidential police records.

The records, obtained under freedom-of-information laws, show police may have also breached protocol by using Tasers on three people in jail cells or interview rooms.

The records detail 83 incidents between 2004 and late 2009 in which police from elite units have used the Taser, a weapon that fires a 50,000-volt barb at a person to temporarily immobilise them, causing immense pain.
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The documents show that members of the Critical Incident Response Team and Special Operations Group use Tasers relatively infrequently.

In many cases, they appear to be used as a last resort in volatile situations involving armed, intoxicated or drug-affected people, including known criminals.

In 85 per cent of the cases involving the Critical Incident Response Team, Tasers were used on mentally ill people.

The use of Tasers has made headlines in recent weeks, with the death of a man in New South Wales and a case in West Australia in which an unarmed man in custody was stunned 13 times.

The Federation of Community Legal Centres, which obtained the Victorian documents after a lengthy FOI battle, claims they show several cases of improper Taser use.

But Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner Kieran Walshe said he had no concerns about any of the cases.

He said the high proportion of mentally ill people Tasered was indicative only of the large number of vulnerable people with whom police interact. ''I would rather see the device discharged than recourse to the next step,'' he said. ''And the next step is discharge of firearms.''

Mr Walshe also said the force would not consider giving all police Tasers until a trial in Bendigo and Morwell had been completed and evaluated. A Taser is yet to be fired in the trial.

It is believed that force command is considering toughening guidelines for Taser use by elite officers, in a move that would be welcomed by the Federation of Community Legal Centres.

''Whilst specialist police officers don't use Tasers very often, the data about how the weapons are used suggests there are systemic problems,'' federation chief Hugh De Kretser said.

''If highly trained officers can misuse Tasers, then the public should be gravely concerned about the possibility of Tasers being provided to all general duties officers in Victoria.''

Between January 2004 and December 2009, SOG officers fired a Taser at a person at least once in 37 incidents.

Between March 2005 and December 2009, Critical Incident Response Team officers used Tasers in 46 cases. Fourteen involved ''psychiatric patients'', 19 ''suicide intervention'' and six people with mental health issues.

Overseas and local inquiries into Taser use have warned police about using the weapon on mentally ill and other vulnerable people because of concerns they face a greater risk of sustaining serious harm, and because non-violent conflict resolution methods are considered more appropriate.

One Victorian case, listed as a ''psych patient job'', involved officers using a Taser on a ''male who had been standing outside [a] store with arms raised in air for about 90 minutes talking to security camera in foreign language''.

The police file states that the Taser was used in ''drive stun'' mode, in which the weapon is applied directly to a non-compliant person to cause pain but not immobilisation. This was done after ''negotiation failed and male became aggressive [and] OC [capsicum spray] failed''.

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/taser-breaches-by-police-revealed-20101011-16g05.html


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Re: Taser Watch Australia - Counting the Deaths by Less Lethal Weapons
« Reply #88 on: November 05, 2010, 05:29:20 PM »

Man unarmed when tasered, inquest told

    * Sarah Elks
    * From: The Australian
    * November 04, 2010 12:00AM

AN eyewitness to the tasering death of a north Queenslander has said he was not armed with a metal bar, as originally claimed by police.

In the days after the death of Antonio Carmelo Galeano, on June 12 last year in Brandon, near Ayr in north Queensland, the Queensland Police Union told media he was brandishing an iron bar and threatening to kill police when he was tasered.

However, Sandra Wynne, Galeano's ex-girlfriend, told a coroner yesterday the 39-year-old was not holding a metal bar.

Ms Wynne said that in her bathroom, where Galeano was first tasered by an officer standing outside the house, there was a plastic-coated metal curtain rod, but it was not in the room when Galeano was there.

Earlier, Ms Wynne said Galeano had been clutching electrical cords and was not a threat to police when officer Craig Myles tasered him up to 28 times.



CPR attempts 'futile' on Taser victim

    * By Evan Schwarten
    * From: AAP
    * November 05, 2010 6:21PM

TASER victim Antonio Galeano had virtually no chance of survival by the time paramedics arrived to perform CPR, an inquest has heard.

Mr Galeano died at his girlfriend's home at Brandon, south of Townsville, in the early hours of June 12 last year after a police officer used a Taser on him multiple times.

The inquest into his death yesterday heard that ambulance officers, Edward Bawden and Robert Bird, arrived at the home about four minutes after being notified Mr Galeano had stopped breathing and attempted to revive him using CPR.

Queensland Ambulance Service medical director Dr Stephen Rashford told the inquest that by that time all attempts at resuscitation would have been futile.

However, he said a clinical review of the case had shown some flaws in the paramedics' handling of the case, including that CPR should have continued for at least 20 minutes.

"I would have expected that the resuscitation, albeit futile in the circumstances, would have gone on longer than it did," he told the court.

He said the officers followed the correct procedure in attempting to revive Mr Galeano at the scene rather than attempting to transport him to hospital but said they should have inserted a cannula and administered adrenalin. Dr Rashford also said police officer Senior Sergeant Gavin Oates' attempts to revive Mr Galeano using chest compressions before paramedics arrived were ineffective.


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Re: Taser Watch Australia - Counting the Deaths by Less Lethal Weapons
« Reply #89 on: December 02, 2010, 05:50:43 AM »
Policeman denies lying about Taser use

    * From: AAP
    * December 02, 2010 4:35PM

A POLICEMAN has denied submitting an incorrect report about tasering a man during an arrest outside a popular Perth night spot.

James Stuart Tibbles has been charged with obstructing public officers and assaulting a police officer.

Tibbles is alleged to have been with a group of friends, including his father Neville, outside the Aberdeen Hotel in the Northbridge entertainment precinct on December 19 last year, when police suspected them of being involved in a scuffle.

The group was asked for identification, but they refused and became violent and a struggle broke out, police say.

In the Perth Magistrates Court today, Tibbles' lawyer, Terry Dobson, claimed Senior Constable Paul John Lecorre "incorrectly described" the part of the body where he tasered Tibbles and incorrectly completed a report for his commanding officers to justify his actions.

"Let me suggest to you, you have incorrectly identified the site of your Taser deployment," he told the officer, who denied the suggestion.

Mr Dobson said Snr Const Lecorre reported he tasered Tibbles near the chest but had actually tasered him on his back while he was lying on the ground.

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Re: Taser Watch Australia - Counting the Deaths by Less Lethal Weapons
« Reply #90 on: January 27, 2011, 04:03:20 PM »
Portland police review taser use policy

by Randy Neves, KGW Staff
NWCN.com
Posted on January 27, 2011 at 8:55 AM

Updated today at 9:01 AM

PORTLAND -- Portland's Police Chief is reviewing the city's taser use policy to determine whether officers should use them less often or in a different way.

Chief Reese has also asked citizens to visit their local precincts and give feedback to officers there during regularly scheduled neighborhood meetings.

Reese declined an interview with NewsChannel 8 but his staff said the review was prompted by two things:

1 - the chief wants to address citizens' anxieties about taser use. 2 - There have been recent officer-involved shootings where taser use didn't prove effective.

This review comes a few weeks after the City's audit division compared Portland's use of tasers to other cities' and to national guidelines.

"Portland officers have more latitude than officers in other cities we looked at," said Audit Services Director Drummond Kahn.

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