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Posted: Nov 15 2007, 02:36 PM
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I just watched a disturbing video on my KCAL Channel 9 News that showed the murder of a distraught Polish man at Vancouver airport who didn't speak English and had been waiting 10 hours for his mother, who was told to leave earlier after not being able to locate her son.

I watched four Vancouver police officers jump on the man after tazering him more than once with 50,000 volts.

It appears that the man lost consciousness after having one of the officers knees' pinning his neck to the concrete floor.

What happened to protect and serve?

Instead we have muggers and thugs and murderers wearing uniforms and getting paid to harm, maim and kill.

The Bush and Clinton crime families would be proud.




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An internet survey in Oz this morning, the votes were 2 to 1 IN FAVOUR of allowing Aussie Police use tasers even in the face of the report of the Murder of the Polish man in Canada.

How about the poor Brazilian man who had seven bullets pumped into his brain by British Police? NOT ONE murdering officer or their supervisors have even been chastised for this abomination. They say it was all down to a series of mistakes. At the least it is manslaughter. If you look at the footage, there is no way he was wearing a bomb and yet they still filled his brain with lead as he lay immobile and in custody of the floor of the train.

The police in New South Wales in Oz removed their identification and roamed around OUTSIDE of a declared security zone and forced innocent people sitting on park benches to prostrate themselves in demeaning postures without cause and , so far, not one officer or supervisor has been charged with unlawful deprivation of liberty.

The police forces in many countries are now, effectively, above the law and there is no chance of justice for citizens.




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How about the poor Brazilian man who had seven bullets pumped into his brain by British Police? NOT ONE murdering officer or their supervisors have even been chastised for this abomination.

Yup no justice for Carlos Mendez.
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The police forces in many countries are now, effectively, above the law and there is no chance of justice for citizens.

Yup.

But we know that not all people involved in law enforcement are inhuman/inhumane and hopefully when the time comes, and it's coming, they will do the right thing.




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I used to think that the pigs (slime in my old neighbourhood - I think slime is better) would do the right thing when the time comes but they are just bully-boy, nazi wannabes and will do whatever gives them the most jollies.

I have noticed a change in Australian police attitudes to people committing civil disobedience offences. In the days of the Vietnam protests, the police used to exhibit a lot of tolerance and accepted the peoples' right to protest in public spaces. Now, the slime yells at the protesters and then, without any waiting period, goes in to inlfict as much pain as possible. They all have the attitude that, as police officers, everyone has to jump to attention at every order they give and that they (the slime) can use instant violence to punish any citizen who does not jump to their will. They're not police any more...they are vigilantes paid by the community. The people killed as mentioned in postings above are victims of lynch mobs in uniform.

I also notice an ever-increasing use of immobilising tools such as pepper spray and tasers world-wide. "Show me your driver's licence!!"...the motorist hesitates - out comes the spray. The kids in the back seat get the overspray. Does the slime help them and wash their faces clean?......not on your life - he continues to bully the driver like the single-minded psycopath he is and lets the kids scream in agony.

I watched a slime in action on TV here. He forces a 100 pound girl up against the back of her car because her number plate light is out and then starts firing questions at her in his best intimidating and aggressive manner. As she (subconsciously) turns to face the person to whom she is speaking (as polite people do) he body slams her to the ground with his 220 pounds and then says (for the camera) that she had turned on him. I bet he bragged about it to his mates in the station house for days after. What would he have done if the camera was not running?

Once upon a time the slime had a little bit of guts and would go in to tackle someone that needed dealing with. Now it's all spray, electric shocks and running in gangs. The only time a slime goes one-on-one is if the other one is a kid, woman or old person.




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uggliozzi -- remember where I live --- Los Angeles (City of the Angels) -- the murder capital of the world with a long history of police corruption.




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Man who refused to sign speeding ticket because he did not understand what it was is tased and arrested by officer who then refused to read him his rights.

A man was tased and arrested on a Utah highway after being stopped by an officer and refusing to sign a speeding ticket because he did not understand what offence he had committed or why he had been pulled over.

The encounter, captured on the police car camera on September 14th and released this week, is the latest in a long string of incidents involving the unacceptable use of Tasers by officers on citizens whom the evidence reveals are in no way threatening, acting unlawfully or resisting co-operation.

The video shows the Utah Highway Patrolman pull over Jared Massey and his pregnant wife who also had their baby with them in the car and ask for Mr Massey’s license.

Mr Massey tells the officer he does not understand why he has been stopped or what he is being charged with, at which point the officer orders Massey to get out of the car. The officer then puts down his clipboard and immediately takes out his Taser and points it at Mr Massey without any provocation whatsoever, yelling “Turn around and put your hands behind your back” as Massey attempts to point out the speed limit sign and engage the officer in conversation.

A shocked Massey asks “what the hell is wrong with you?” and backs away, turning around as the officer had demanded, at which point the officer unleashes 50,000 volts from the Taser into Massey’s body, sending him screaming to the ground instantly and causing his wife to jump out of the car and yell hysterically for help.

Lying face down on the ground a shell shocked, Mr Massey says “officer I don’t know what you are doing, I don’t know why you are doing what you are doing” to which the officer replies “I am placing you under arrest because you did not obey my instruction.”

Mr Massey then once again asks the officer several times why he was stopped and what he is being charged with. He then asks for his rights to be read and points out that the officer cannot arrest him without doing this. Instead of reading Massey his rights the officer then addresses another patrolman who arrives on the scene sardonically commenting “Ohhh he took a ride with the Taser” to which the other officer answers “painful isn’t it”.

The icing on the cake comes at the end of the video when the officer LIES to his own colleague about the encounter, clearly stating that he verbally warned Massey he was going to tase him, as is the law, when there was no warning whatsoever.

Mr Massey is planning to file a lawsuit against the Utah Highway Patrol. He says he was already slowing down as he approached the 40 mile per hour sign in the construction zone outside of vernal. All charges except for the speeding ticket have been dropped.

This amazing video reveals how eroded civil and constitutional rights have now become. The officer had no legal right to make Massey sign any document he did not understand

Tasers are supposed to be the last response before lethal action, however, police now use them as if they are batons or pepper spray.

In the last year over 300 people have died in admitted cases in the US alone from being tased. \

In the last week alone we have posted three separate stories of Taser deaths. Every week we post stories of incidents, which often feature old women, children and disabled people as the victims. The weapons are even being used in schools.

The police are now trained that “pain compliance,” a euphemism for torture, is acceptable in apprehending anyone even if that person poses no physical danger. If you electrify any person, they suffer extreme pain and stand a high chance of being killed.

Despite this, idiotic media hacks such as Fox News host Brian Kilmead are happy to promote police state tactics, selling the idea that protestors or people that merely question authority in any way are threatening and should be tased or “beaten to a pulp”.

This phenomenon is out of control, how many more acts of wanton police brutality, torture and death by means of tasering are we to endure?

Taser use is being abused by police all over the country and beyond as cops are trained that torture is a perfectly acceptable response to somebody who acts out of the ordinary, asks the wrong question or refuses to show their papers.
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A man died in police custody after being subdued with a Taser.

Police say they arrested the man after a fight in Raton on Friday.

Officers say the suspect was so combative they had to electrically shock him.

Police transported the man to the detention center. But when they arrived, he was dead.

State police say an autopsy is pending.

http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/novem...7_b_Suspect.htm


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Officer's Taser is used on girl, 9
The police officer used a Taser on the girl at about 5:30 p.m. May 8, Molina said. The nonlethal weapon uses a pulsating electrical charge to immobilize a ...
http://www.prisonplanet.com/Pages/250504_taser.html


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Police used Taser gun to subdue 6-year-old student wielding piece
Miami-Dade police tasered a 6-year-old boy who was wielding a piece of glass in a school office and threatening to hurt himself, officials confirmed ...
http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/novem...04usedtaser.htm


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Caught On Tape: Cops Use Taser Gun On Man Trying To Get Home
Officers in hurricane-ravaged Fort Myers used a Taser gun on a man allegedly trying to get by a police barrier to get home, and it was caught on tape. ...
http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/augus...opsusetaser.htm


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Beck said he "enjoy[s] watching" Taser videos; O'Reilly rolled out ...Summary:
In segments on University of Florida student Andrew Meyer, who was shocked with a Taser by campus police, Glenn Beck asserted: "To me, Taser videos ...
http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/septe.../220907Beck.htm


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Family identifies man who died after taser strike
A 20-year-old man died this morning after a sheriff's deputy used a taser on him to break up a fight, the Frederick County Sheriff's Office reports. ...
http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/novem...107_b_taser.htm


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UCLA Police Taser Student For Not Showing ID
LOS ANGELES -- A cell phone captured video of a 23-year-old student being administered multiple Taser shocks by UCLA police on Tuesday. ...
http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/novem...161106taser.htm


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US man dies in Taser incident
A 20-year-old man died yesterday in Frederick City, Maryland, after being tasered by a police deputy, the Frederick News Post reports. ...
http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/novem...201107Taser.htm


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Video of Vancouver Taser incident shows police zapping man within ...
But they also raise serious questions about why the police resorted to using the Taser only seconds after encountering the non-violent man last month at the ...
http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/novem...151107Taser.htm

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Taser Used To Break Up School Fight
The school resource officer, who is assigned to the school by the Cary Police Department, then used a Taser to stop the fight, authorities said. ...
http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/febru...250206taser.htm


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Americans To Be Tortured For Refusing To Show ID?
The UCLA student was hit with the Taser shocks multiple times while he was ... How long before Americans are tortured with taser weapons on the streets for ...
http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/novem...6torturedid.htm


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TASER electronic stun guns are a form of torture that can kill, a UN committee has declared after several recent deaths in North America.

"The use of these weapons causes acute pain, constituting a form of torture,'' the UN's Committee against Torture said.

"In certain cases, they can even cause death, as has been shown by reliable studies and recent real-life events,'' the committee of 10 experts said.

Three men, all in their early 20s, were reported to have died in the United States this week, days after a Polish man died at Vancouver airport after being Tasered by Canadian police.

The man, Robert Dziekanski, 40, fell to the ground and died after the police officers piled on top of him.

There have been three deaths in Canada after the use of Tasers over the past five weeks.

The company that makes the weapons has said that similar deaths have been shown by "medical science and forensic analysis'' to be "attributable to other factors and not the low-energy electrical discharge of the Taser".

The UN committee made its comments in recommendations to Portugal, which has bought the newest Taser X26 stun gun for use by police.

Portugal "should consider giving up the use of the Taser X26,'' as its use can have a grave physical and mental impact on those targeted, which violates the UN's Convention against Torture, the experts said.

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Thanks Darkraveness for your contributions to this archive of insanity.

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If you read this, can you please post the report below?
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waving.gif Hi ya Mark.
Thanks for doing some flash editing on my report above. That was a lovely surprize smileyP.gif

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VANCOUVER, Canada -- A Canadian man died Saturday, four days after police used a Taser stun-gun on him because he reportedly was acting erratically in a store, police said.

He was the third person to die in recent weeks in Canada after being shocked by the hand-held weapon.

Robert Knipstrom, 36, died in a hospital after two officers used pepper spray, a Taser and their batons to subdue the British Columbia resident. Police earlier said Knipstrom was extremely agitated, aggressive and combative with the two officers who responded. He was conscious and speaking when he was taken to the hospital.

The cause of death has yet to be determined. Although a Taser was used against Knipstrom, it was not immediately clear what role, if any, it played in his death, said Inspector Brendan Fitzpatrick.

Investigations into Knipstrom's death have been launched separately by the British Columbia Coroner's Office and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, police said at a news conference Saturday.

The case comes as Canadian police face intense criticism over the death of Robert Dziekanski, a Polish immigrant who died at Vancouver airport last month after officers used a Taser and manhandled him.

A Nova Scotian man also died earlier this week, 30 hours after being shocked with the Taser at a jail where he was being held on assault charges.

http://edition.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/americas...r.ap/index.html


EmoticonFuriousRed.gif Ass Holes, EmoticonFuriousRed.gif they tasered him with 50 thousand Volts . EmoticonFuriousRed.gif
http://edition.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/americas...eath/index.html
Please watch these video's .
These have to be LAWED OUT.

Bottom line is for all those who choose not to watch this Video. If you dont speak or understand what ever lanuage, where ever you are. And the Police want you down cause they are scared or too lazy to use MAN POWER. You will be shocked with 50 thousand volts.
This is not HUMANE.

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Friends and family identified the 20-year-old Frederick, Maryland, man who died after police used a Taser stun gun on him Sunday morning, according to a local television station.

The man, who friends and family identified as Jarrel Gray, was involved in a fight at an apartment complex about 5 a.m. Sunday, police said. Authorities have not released Gray's name.

"I haven't heard anything except that he's gone," Troy Thomas told WJLA-TV. Thomas, who said he was Gray's uncle, told the television station, "I lost my best friend."

Cassandra Rollings, a friend of the family, appeared at the apartment complex where Gray died, holding a large photo of the young man wearing a tie. Gray was a "very good kid," Rollings said.

Deputies responded Sunday morning to a report of a fight at an apartment complex and found four people in a scuffle, Cpl. Jennifer Bailey of the Frederick County Sheriff's Office said Sunday.

Eric Cargenas, a man who lives in the apartment complex and said he saw the fight, told WJLA that two people started fighting after a yelling match.

A deputy used a Taser on Gray, who fell unconscious, Bailey said. He was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

His body was taken to the medical examiner's office in Baltimore for an autopsy. The results of some tests could take several weeks, according to an office spokeswoman.

Baltimore is about 50 miles east of Frederick.

The sheriff's office has not publicly identified the deputy who allegedly used the Taser, but Bailey said the deputy was placed on administrative leave with pay while authorities investigate the incident.

Since June 2001, more than 150 people have died in the United States after being subdued with stun guns, according to Amnesty International, which has called for police departments to suspend use of the devices pending study of their possible risks.

More than 7,000 of the nation's 18,000 law enforcement agencies use the devices, Amnesty says.

Recent deaths involving Taser devices have received much publicity. Last month, a police officer at Vancouver International Airport in British Columbia, Canada, used a Taser gun on a 40-year-old man making his first airplane trip outside Poland. He died.

In a statement released Friday, Taser International cited the Vancouver case and said it "appears to follow the pattern of many in-custody deaths or deaths following a confrontation with police. Historically, medical science and forensic analysis has shown that these deaths are attributable to other factors and not the low-energy electrical discharge of the Taser."

A bystander's video of the October 14 incident in Vancouver shows the victim continuing to struggle after being shot with the device.

Taser International said on its Web site that the struggle "is proof that the Taser device was not the cause of his death." Cardiac arrest caused by electrical current would have caused immediate death, the company said.

"We are taken aback by the number of media outlets that have irresponsibly published conclusive headlines blaming the Taser device and/or the law enforcement officers involved as the cause of death before completion of the investigation," said Tom Smith, the company's founder and chairman of the board.

But Amnesty International, noting that coroners have determined Tasers were a contributing factor in more than 30 deaths, said such a link cannot be ruled out.

The devices use compressed nitrogen to shoot two probes -- connected to the device by wire -- up to 35 feet at speeds exceeding 100 mph.

An electrical signal transmitted through the wires contacts the body or clothing, "resulting in an immediate loss of the person's neuromuscular control and the ability to perform coordinated action for the duration of the impulse," according to the company.
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Are taser's being over used?
Damn Bloody straight they are!

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Though the Taser has been around for more than 30 years, the brand-name stun gun gained new notoriety last month when Andrew Meyer, a 21-year-old student, scuffled with University of Florida police and uttered his now infamous entreaty "Don't tase me, bro!" — just moments before he, in fact, got tased.

The rather dramatic incident, captured on camera and uploaded to YouTube, spawned a catchy new anti-establishment anthem, picked up and repeated mostly by college students. But it has also renewed questions about whether Tasers pose any danger, and whether the police are using them too often.

Early concerns about Tasers centered on the issue of safety, but the controversy has recently taken a new twist, focusing on the conflict between civil rights and police procedure. Though the device was initially developed as an alternative to lethal force, it has become a go-to weapon in situations of noncompliance even when the use of firearms would not be considered — like the incident with Meyer, who agreed to 18 months of probation on Tuesday in order to avoid criminal charges of resisting arrest. "I think because it's electricity, and because of past use of electricity in torture across the world, there's a thought that law enforcement could use [the Taser] to the same end," says Lt. Dave Kelly of the Phoenix Police Department. "In other words, not to use it to gain control over somebody but to punish somebody, to create pain for someone."

If the idea of tasing simultaneously fascinates and frightens people, it's probably because the technology is a bit of a mystery. "It's harder to understand the science behind [Tasers] than to understand bullets or batons," says Scott Greenwood of the Cincinnati chapter of the ACLU. Tasers are the only stun gun that can be fired from a distance, and they deliver a high-voltage electric shock that momentarily paralyzes victims but doesn't kill them. According to Greenwood, the zap from a Taser is no more harmful than a shot of pepper spray to the face. "[Getting tased] is both an incredibly painful experience and a very temporary one," says Greenwood, who supports the use of the device by law enforcement. "As soon as it's off, you feel nothing. But if someone attacks me with a baton, I'm going to feel that for a while afterward."

Still, critics argue that Tasers have been adopted too hastily by police. Taser International, the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based maker of the device, began offering the weapon to law enforcement agencies in 1998. Since then, more than 12,000 departments have adopted it. Yet critics say that more studies need to be done to determine the safety of the "less-than-lethal" device. Last month researchers at Wake Forest University released the first large, independent study of injuries associated with Tasers, finding that they are relatively harmless and pose minimal risk of injury. In a review of nearly 1,000 cases, 99.7% of those subjected to a Taser had no injuries or only mild ones, such as scrapes and bruises. Even so, Dr. William Bozeman, one of the study's lead researchers, was quick to add that the Taser isn't "a magical sort of thing that can't hurt anybody ever."

Questions about the device's safety linger at least partly because there are no official standards for its use. Because it isn't classified as a firearm by the Department of Justice's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Taser is exempt from federal firearms requirements and regulations. And while the Consumer Product Safety Commission has jurisdiction over the models sold to consumers, it has done no investigations of its safety.

The Taser used by police occupies a shifty place on what is known as the "use-of-force" spectrum, a guide that determines which weapon a police officer should use in any given situation. Yet these standards vary from city to city, and no universal code applies to the country's law enforcement force as a whole. "If a guy has a stick, you don't pull a shotgun out," says John Ryan, a former CIA agent and assistant director of the special investigations group of the Government Accountability Office, who oversaw a 2005 study on the use-of-force policies regarding Tasers. Beyond those basics, however, individual police departments have the freedom to create their own policies — regarding Tasers as well as other weapons. "Law enforcement in the United States is territorial," Kelly says. "Police work is different in different parts of the country. It'd be nice to have a standardized use-of-force policy, but it's still going to be applied differently."

Rather than regulate the Taser's use, some government officials hope to replace the controversial device altogether. The Department of Homeland Security is funding the creation of a new non-lethal weapon called the LED Incapacitator, a flashlight-like device that uses high-intensity LEDs, pulsating at varying rates, to render a suspect temporarily blind and dizzy.

For now, however, the only organization that regulates or tracks the use of Tasers is the company that makes the device. With civilian models (Tasers were first sold to the public in 1993 out of Sharper Image catalogs), consumers must register their products with the company, says Steve Tuttle, vice president of communications for Taser International. Another feature, known as the "anti-felon identification," or AFID, system, enables the Taser to disperse confetti tagged with serial numbers when it is fired, linking a specific Taser to the scene where it is used. But these systems are available only on devices sold to civilians, not to law enforcement. The models sold to police contain a data-port system, however, that records every time the device has been deployed.

Despite the questions about its use, Tuttle says Taser International will continue to improve and promote its eponymous device. Changes to the company's latest civilian model, however, seem to address not safety or technology, but rather fashion: The Taser will now come in pink.

At least it will be easier to spot.

http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,...,1678641,00.htm
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Handcuffed Mother Tasered
http://www.heyokamagazine.com/HEYOKA.10.Ha...fWomanTased.htm

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Eight-Month Pregnant Woman Tasered
http://www.heyokamagazine.com/HEYOKA.10.Pr...tWomanTased.htm

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Cops Taser Man For 'Appearing To Refuse To Obey'
http://www.kwch.com/global/story.asp?s=7446220

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'Non-Lethal' Taser About To Become Far More Deadly
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Tasers: the next generation
http://www.thestar.com/sciencetech/Technology/article/281670

Alarmed by recent incidents? Wait'll you see what the company is planning for 2008... The Taser is going wireless.
Until now, the electric-shock gun consisted of two barbed darts attached to wires that shoot out and strike the victim, immobilizing the person with 50,000 volts of electricity, causing severe pain and intense muscle contraction.

But the wires could only extend a few metres. With the new "extended range electronic projectile," or XREP, the Taser has been turned into a kind of self-contained shotgun shell and can be fired, wire-free, from a standard shotgun, which police typically have in their arsenal already.

The first electrode hooks on to the target, the second electrode falls and makes contact elsewhere on the body, completing the circuit and activating the shock. It can blast someone as far as 30 metres away, and, unlike the current stun guns, whose shock lasts five seconds, the XREP lasts 20 seconds, enough time to "take the offender into custody without risking injury to officers."

Taser International spokesperson Steve Tuttle says the XREP would be perfect in a standoff. "Here's someone you just don't want to get anywhere near," he says.

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Tasers are now used by more than 11,000 law enforcement agencies in 44 countries. There are more than 428,000 Tasers in the field, not to mention the tens of thousands of Tasers that have been sold to civilians. 

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Amnesty says that between 2001 and Sept. 30, 2007, there were more than 290 deaths of individuals struck by police Tasers in North America, including 16 in Canada. It reports that only 25 of those electroshocked were armed, and none with firearms. It's calling for a moratorium on their use by police until a full, independent inquiry is held.


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Christmas shopping horror: Man, wife blasted by Taser.
Officers zap couple at mall after anonymous 9-1-1 call.

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article....RTICLE_ID=59382


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There have been over 300 'reported' human deaths by taser so far.

Non-lethal weapons my eye!

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A Fridley, Minnesota man died Tuesday after state troopers used a taser to control him after a rush hour accident.

Minnesota State Troopers responded to a crash around 5:00 p.m. Tuesday on Interstate 694 in New Brighton, where they found an uncooperative driver. Troopers used a taser to control the man, who was then taken to an area hospital and pronounced dead.

The cause of death has yet to be determined pending the results of the autopsy.

Five troopers have been placed on administrative leave by the Minnesota State Patrol, according to standard operating procedure.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the incident. The driver's name is being withheld until family is notified.

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Lake View man hit by Taser dies
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A 24-year-old Lake View man died Thursday, five days after suburban Cincinnati police shocked him with a Taser outside a bar there.


Kevin Piskura, 24, of the 800 block of West Fletcher, had been hospitalized since the incident at 2 a.m. Saturday outside a bar in Oxford, Ohio, and he died Thursday afternoon at University Hospital in Cincinnati, his family said.

Piskura was surrounded by loved ones at the time of his death, and the family issued a written statement later in the day: "Today, we lost a son, a brother, a family member and a friend."

Video was captured by the camera atop the Taser X26 stun gun used by the Oxford police officer who scuffled with Piskura early Saturday outside a bar near Miami University. Piskura graduated from the school in 2006 before moving to Chicago.

Piskura's Lake View roommate, Steven G. Smith, 24, was being thrown out of the bar and began fighting with employees. A police officer ordered Smith to stop, but Piskura joined in and started fighting with the officer, who drew his Taser and warned them to stop, police said.

Smith backed off, but Piskura was hit in the chest by the Taser's barbs -- after Officer Geoff Robinson shouted "Taser" three times, per department policy, police said.

The dramatic, 69-second video of the incident shows Piskura rolling on the ground while being shocked for about 10 seconds. The incident is being investigated by the local county sheriff.

The officer who fired the Taser had been on the police force for two years. He was trained on the Taser in September and completed a refresher course April 12, police said.

Piskura's father is a former interim police chief in suburban Cleveland, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

In the statement, Piskura's family also noted: "No one feels this loss more deeply than we do, however we still request that people refrain from rash judgment."

http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/914963,...taser25.article




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Posted: Apr 30 2008, 04:28 PM
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Hi Mark,

Do you know of any way one can protect oneself from the effects of the Taser or at least lessen the effects? Seems like there ought to be something we can do.

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