A blind man who was waiting for a train home was tasered by police at a railway station in Manchester, England, after someone reported that his walking stick was a firearm.
Prosecutors in Virginia will not charge police officers in South Boston for their part in the death of a man who was shot with a taser 20 times in 30 minutes while handcuffed in police custody, according to a new report.
Linwood Lambert was pronounced dead about an hour after he was taken into police custody in South Boston, Virginia, on May 4, 2013, following reports of a noise disturbance at a motel. Police decided to take Lambert, who later admitted he had used cocaine, to a nearby hospital, telling him they were not taking him to jail. When Lambert became agitated and ran out of the police squad car toward the hospital, police subsequently tased him repeatedly despite his pleas for them to stop.
Lambert died after about 87 seconds, total, of tasing by the officers, who acted in violation of the South Boston Police Department’s guidelines for taser-use given Lambert was handcuffed the entire time.
Coweta County, GA — American police have once against demonstrated that their agenda is not to protect and serve, but to dominate and control by any means necessary. On November 20th, sheriff deputies in Coweta County, Georgia were summoned to help subdue a man having a psychotic breakdown and ended up tasing him to death.
Thirty-two-year-old Chase Sherman, together with his fiancée, Patti Galloway and his parents, Kevin and Mary Ann Sherman, were returning from a vacation. During a layover at the Hartsfield-Jackson airport in Atlanta, Chase started having hallucinations and acting agitated. According to his father, he “got nervous … about planes crashing, and he just didn’t feel comfortable on a plane. … He thought nobody recognized him. I said, ‘Chase, we’re fine. We’re going to get a car and drive home.’ He didn’t know where he was at.” So they rented a car to drive the rest of the way to their home in Florida.
Video has emerged showing three police officers tasing a man 20 times in 30 minutes while handcuffed.
The incident took place in May 2013 in South Boston, a small town in southern Virginia; and it is receiving renewed attention after a MSNBC report on Wednesday.
– North Dakota Becomes First State to Legalize Drones Weaponized with Tasers, Tear Gas, Rubber Bullets & Sound Canons (Liberty Blitzkrieg, Aug 26, 2015):
It is now legal for law enforcement in North Dakota to fly drones armed with everything from Tasers to tear gas thanks to a last-minute push by a pro-police lobbyist.
With all the concern over the militarization of police in the past year, no one noticed that the state became the first in the union to allow police to equip drones with “less than lethal” weapons. House Bill 1328 wasn’t drafted that way, but then a lobbyist representing law enforcement—tight with a booming drone industry—got his hands on it.
– From the Daily Beast article: First State Legalizes Taser Drones for Cops, Thanks to a Lobbyist
You could see the writing on the walls years ago. In an increasingly authoritarian, lawless, surveillance state like America, it was always inevitable that drones would be weaponized. In North Dakota, this is now a reality.
Although I haven’t written much about domestic drones as of late, I published many articles on the topic several years ago. In the 2012 piece, Drones in America? They are Already Here…I warned:
– Cop Shoots 8th Grade Child With Taser Gun for “Being Disruptive” (Filming Cops, March 15, 2015):
POWHATAN COUNTY, VA — Think back to 8th grade: do you remember ever talking out loud or being “disruptive”?Imagine if the punishment was an armed police officer approaching you and shooting you with a Taser gun, frying your nervous system with electrical voltage, for being “disruptive.”That’s what happened at Powhatan Junior High School on Friday, according to reports.An officer at the school shot an 8th grade student with a Taser gun for “being disruptive.”
– Alaska community officer accused of Tasering 2 young kids because they asked him to (RT, Jan 31, 2015):
Alaska State Troopers are investigating allegations that a Village Public Safety Officer (VPSO) used a stun gun or Taser on two young boys after they asked the officer to do so.
The mother of one of the boys, Terry Ward, said the incident occurred last December when a group of about eight or 10 children were getting ready to play a game of kickball outside the Boys and Girls Club in Kake, Alaska, local media reported.
The club is situated next to the VPSO office. When one of the officers walked by the boys, Ward’s 11-year-old son and one of his friends reportedly asked the policeman to use his Taser on them.
Most stupid is the new ‘most fearless’.
– Watch A Stun Gun Drone Tase An Intern (Popular Science, March 7, 2014):
It’s exactly what it sounds like.
Chaotic Moon Studios, a startup making, uh, about anything you can think of, invited me to their Austin offices today during South By Southwest to check out a live demonstration of a stun gun-loaded drone. Obviously, I came.
The gentleman here is an intern named Jackson, who is the most fearless person I have ever encountered. He got stunned like a pro.
The drone, Chaotic Moon says, could be used to incapacitate criminals. It’s menacing enough already, but maybe we could put a police siren on it one day, just to get the full effect.
Widespread: In 2011 Tasers were used 323 times against under-18s
– Police are using high-voltage Tasers on children as young as 11 almost every day, new figures reveal (Daily Mail, Oct 26, 2013):
- New figures have been released under Freedom of Information laws
- They show that 323 under-18s were fired on in 2011
- It was also revealed that in 2010, 74 children were threatened by having the Taser’s sights trained on them without firing the weapon
Tasers are being used by police against children as young as 11 almost every day, figures have revealed.
Armed officers discharged, targeted or threatened to use the 50,000-volt weapons against youngsters more than 320 times a year – an 11-fold increase from the first year they were cleared for use against under-18s in 2007.
It emerged earlier this year that a girl aged just 12 had been shot by police with a Taser device in St Helens. Other children aged 11 have been threatened by officers with the weapons, forced have admitted.
– 95-Year Old Man Tasered to Death by Police in Illinois Nursing Home (Liberty Blitzkrieg, July 29, 2013):
It appears that the militarized police force running rampant on the streets of America just can’t handle the threats of a 95-year old man in a nursing home armed with a cane. Although it appears the officers are attempting to justify their violent and aggressive behavior by claiming he was wielding a “12 inch knife,” I would’ve thought the police are supposed to know how to deal with such situations, particularly when their assailant is basically a centenarian. This seems to be societal blowback from the Rise of the Warrior Cop, a subject I highlighted recently.
Now from UPI:
PARK FOREST, Ill., July 28 (UPI) – A 95-year-old Illinois man who allegedly confronted police officers with a knife and cane died after they shot him with a stun gun and bean bag rounds.
Officers say they feared for their safety while arresting Dale Burns, 27, who died two hours later after suffering a heart attack
– Man Tasered by police four times in under a minute before death (Guardian, Jan 21, 2013):
A bodybuilder was Tasered four times in less than a minute by police as they struggled to arrest him, an inquest has heard.
Dale Burns, 27, from Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, died hours after being repeatedly hit “without warning” by the electric shock gun and pepper-sprayed in the face, as officers tried to hold him with handcuffs and leg restraints, the hearing was told.
Burns, a father of two, was described as a “gentle giant but with a drug habit” who had taken a “gram of Madcat”, an illegal drug, on the day he died, the inquest at the County Hall in Kendal heard.
Alan Sharp, the deputy coroner for south and east Cumbria, told the jury of five women and six men they may have to see distressing CCTV footage of a wild-eyed and agitated Burns in the police van after his arrest for criminal damage.
Burns died at Furness General hospital two hours after police were first called to his flat on 16 August 2011.
– ‘Speeding’ driver dies three months after being chased and Tasered by police (Daily Mail, Jan 20, 2013):
- Martin Baskeyfield, 44, was rushed to hospital three days after his arrest
- Police chased him for allegedly speeding and driving without insurance or a licence
- He was Tasered with a 50,000-volt gun and died more than three months afterwards
A motorist who was Tasered and then allegedly beaten and injured by police officers during his arrest has died more than three months after the incident.
Martin Baskeyfield, 44, was rushed to hospital three days after his arrest in September, and remained there until last Monday, when he died.
– Woman Tasered after trying to buy too many iPhones (CNET, Dec 12, 2012):
A woman trying to buy too many iPhones at a New Hampshire Apple store and ends up being Tasered by police outside the store.Normally, when you hear screams outside an Apple store, it’s because, oh, the doors have opened and there’s a new gizmo for the insatiable.
YouTube Added: 20.11.2012
– Woman suffers heart attack after Tasered by police (PressTV, Nov 22, 2012)
– Tasers have killed at least 500 Americans (RT, Feb 16, 2012):
The Taser, the non-lethal law enforcement weapon that is meant to incapacitate criminals without causing great harm, has killed at least 500 people last decade. The real number of casualties might be even higher.
– Cop Tasers Little Boy (Courthouse News Service, Oct 30, 2012):
SANTA FE, N.M. (CN) – A New Mexico policeman Tasered a 10-year-old child on a playground because the boy refused to clean his patrol car, the boy claims in court.
Guardian ad litem Rachel Higgins sued the New Mexico Department of Public Safety and Motor Transportation Police Officer Chris Webb on behalf of the child, in Santa Fe County Court.
From the article:
‘The police spokesman says he believes the officer’s actions were justified, …’
– 12-year-old tased inside Victoria’s Secret (KSDK, July 27, 2012):
South St. Louis County (KSDK) – A police officer tased a 12-year-old girl inside a Victoria’s Secret Wednesday afternoon at South County Center.
Police say the officer came into the Victoria’s Secret looking for the teenager’s mom, who had warrants for her arrest. But it was the teen who got tased.
“This one goes in my chest. It was stuck in there so she had to keep on pulling trying to pull it out,” said Dejamon Baker, as she pointed to a small wound on her chest.
Baker has a matching wound on her stomach.
“I had fell on the floor and I couldn’t control myself I just kept on shaking and stuff,” said the girl.
Baker, her mother Charlene Bratton, and some other relatives were in the Victoria’s Secret.
Bratton had just tried on some shorts and was about to buy them when she says a St. Louis County officer came looking for her. Bratton had warrants, she says, for numerous unresolved traffic tickets.
“He said, put your hands behind your back. I said for what. Next thing you know he tackled me down on the ground,” said Bratton.
Baker said, “I was just crying. I guess he got mad because I was crying or something, then he just took it out and just tased me.”