Tag Archive: TASER

Who Made That Stun Gun?





” In the summer of 1965, just before riots broke out in Watts, President Lyndon Johnson ordered a study on crime in a “free society.” Among its recommendations was developing a technology for handling unruly citizens. A patrolman ought to have a “nonlethal” way to incapacitate a criminal, one that worked quickly and with little risk of lasting injury. “For example,” the study’s authors wrote, “darts have been used for injecting tranquilizing drugs into animals.”

  Cops were already using cattle prods with the same goal.

  In Mississippi, a pair of Freedom Riders were zapped while in custody in 1961. Two years later, newspapers described for the first time how Alabama policemen used cattle prods to “herd Negro demonstrators.” This led to widespread public outrage, says Darius Rejali, a professor at Reed College who has traced the history of electric crowd control, and the cattle prod — or “shock baton” — fell out of favor.

  Inventors rushed to find replacements. In 1965, a Massachusetts man filed a patent for a long-range weapon that worked like an electrified supersoaker. The following year a Japanese inventor proposed an air gun that fired two electrode needles that would “stun the criminal to a temporary state of false epilepsy, which renders him helpless.” Neither caught on.

“ Hundreds and hundreds of different patents were made,” Rejali says, “but it’s one thing to have a great idea, and another thing to have a lot of social institutions that will sustain it and carry it forward into society.” Even the Taser, the device Jack Cover patented in 1974, wasn’t all that different from the ones that came before: A pair of electrode projectiles, tethered to the gun with wires, delivered a high-voltage, low-amperage pulse of electricity that could subdue a target without killing him. Cover tried to sell his invention in any way he could, Rejali says, even marketing it to airlines to fight hijackers.”

Read more at NY Times

Baby Mamas In Tag-Team Taser Assault Of Daddy






” A South Carolina man was pummeled and tased yesterday afternoon by his “baby’s mama” and his “other baby’s mama,” who teamed up to ambush and assault the father of their children since he “has a new girlfriend,” cops report.

  According to a Spartanburg Police Department report, Rodrick Tucker, 21, told officers that Tabitha Martin, 23, invited him to her apartment Tuesday. Tucker, who described Martin as his “baby’s mama,” added that when he arrived at the residence, Martin invited him into the bedroom.

  Tucker told police that “once he was lying on the bed” in Martin’s apartment, Courtney Littlejohn–his “other baby’s mama”–entered the bedroom. Tucker, who was likely expecting an afternoon delight, quickly became the target of a tag-team attack.

  The women, Tucker told police, yanked him off the bed and began “repeatedly punching him in the face and head.” After escaping the bedroom, Tucker said he was “again knocked to the floor.” He added that Littlejohn, 23, “sat on top of him, not allowing him to get up.”

  Tucker said that “both females began to tase him several times with a stun-gun.” After again freeing himself from the pair’s clutches, Tucker said that he “picked up his baby, thinking the ladies would stop attacking him” while he was holding the small human shield. “


Continued at The Smoking Gun












Update: Officer Charged In Death Of Elderly Veteran







” A Park Forest, Illinois police officer has been charged in the death of 95-year-old John Wrana, a WWII veteran who was killed in a dispute over medical treatment. Officer Craig Taylor appeared before a judge and faces one charge of reckless conduct, a Class 4 felony. He was freed on his own recognizance.

  As reported last August, police were called to the Victory Centre Senior Living Facility because Wrana was refusing medical care and had reportedly become aggressive in his refusal. According to the police, Wrana was “combative” and went so far as to shake his cane at the staff, as well as a knife. Police also claimed he had brandished a shoehorn that was first mistaken for a machete.

  There were several police officers at the scene, and they used a riot shield to force entry into Wrana’s room. After an attempt to Taser Wrana had failed, Taylor allegedly fired five bean bag rounds at him while he was sitting in a chair.”



     Another example of the culture of violence bred into today’s law enforcement officers … numerous fit , highly trained police could not manage to contain a single 95 year-old man who needed a walker to get around without resorting to deadly force … and before you go and say “but bean bag rounds are not deadly force” think about that . Five rounds from close range at a seated centenarian has got to be considered excessive in our minds . 



Read the rest from Ben Swann











Texas High School Student Tased By School Resource Officer/Sheriff’s Deputy, Now In Medically-Induced Coma





” Tasers are meant to be a non-lethal way for police officers to force targets into compliance, but more than 500 deaths have been attributed to Tasers since 2001, largely due to cardiac arrest. At one Texas high school, the use of a Taser by Randy McMillan, a sheriff’s deputy/school resource officer, on 17-year-old Noe Niño de Rivera has resulted in the student being put in a medically induced coma. The family has filed a lawsuit against McMillan, the school district, and the county, and alleges Rivera was tased after trying to break up a fight. Via YNN Austin:



    While the video claims that Officer McMillan has never been involved in any disciplinary actions of excessive force during his career the print articles claim that a year ago he tased another student in an incident that resulted in nothing being done . Also according to the printed reports the students thought of McMillan as “overly aggressive” and a “bully” . 

A public , open and honest debate needs to be held on the pervasive inclination of today’s law enforcement to be so quick to resort to violent action .  From no-knock raids to summary executions of family pets to shooting at unarmed drivers to illegally decreeing de facto martial law to shooting innocent civilians the law enforcement answer to every issue today seems to be the excessive application of force . Fifty years ago the neighborhood cop was everybody’s friend and a welcome sight … today even the law-abiding look on the average policeman with a sense of dread .








Taser Use On 8-Year-Old Justified, Police In S.D. Say





” PIERRE, S.D. — The police chief here is defending an officer’s use of an electroshock weapon against an 8-year-old girl threatening to harm herself.

Parents of the child, who was with a babysitter at the time, want the officer disciplined for using excessive force.

Police Chief Bob Grandpre said three officers responded Friday night to a report of a suicidal 8-year-old girl who had stabbed herself in the leg. She was holding a 4½-inch knife to her chest when officers arrived, and she refused to put it down.

One officer took a step toward the child but stopped when she turned the knife toward him.

“She immediately put the knife back at her chest,” said the chief of police in this city of about 14,000 that is the capital of South Dakota.

That’s when an officer deployed his Taser, with prongs hitting her chest and stomach. Emergency medical personnel soon arrived and checked the child, he said, who was taken to a hospital and placed on a 24-hour hold. The child had no stab wounds on her leg. “


   This seems excessive to us . Kind of like the three hundred pound probation officer that shot the Jack Russell terrier because he feared for his safety .









Arkansas Police Officer Fired Taser At Woman Because She Wouldn’t Show Him Her Breasts



” An Arkansas woman has filed a lawsuit against a police officer in a federal court, claiming she was unjustly chased by the officer through her workplace simply because she would not show him her breasts.

The woman, Ashlea Bennett, claims police officer Brandon Carter “demanded that she expose her breasts to him” when he showed up at her workplace in his police uniform. When the woman did not comply, he chased her throughout the workplace and even fired his taser gun at her. “










Police Taser Father Attempting To Rescue 3 Year Old Son From Fire

Boy Dies







” Ryan Miller and his wife Cathy awoke sometime after midnight to find their Louisiana, MO home on fire. Both were able to escape alive with burns sustained from the blaze. However, as Mr. Miller attempted to return into the inferno to rescue his three year old stepson Riley Miller, a city police officer tasered him three times to keep him from entering. Riley died in the fire and was pronounced dead at Pike Country Memorial Hospital.”



This is Statism … What parent does not have the right to attempt to rescue their child ? Even at risk to their own life ?



“The question though should be, who would stop a father from entering into his home, even in a burning fire, to rescue his son? On top of that, is tasing fathers for doing what is instinctively a part of being a parent something that police should be engaging in? Is this a case of police brutality? Did the officer contribute to the death of the three year old? Or is it just an officer doing his job?

Earlier this year San Antonio, Texas officers did the same exact thing when they tasered a father trying to save his 8-month old infant from a house fire.”








British Police Arrest 3 Over Soldier’s Killing



” The three men arrested on Saturday are suspected of conspiracy to murder. London police said two of them were hit by electric Taser guns, but neither needed hospital treatment.

Eight people have now been arrested in connection with the murder on Wednesday of 25-year-old Lee Rigby, who served in Afghanistan. No one has been charged.”













” Adam Pringle was cited by a San Diego police officer over the weekend for smoking on the sidewalk — an actual violation of the law in the area he was in — but it wasn’t so much this violation that he finds upsetting. Pringle was filming his citation with his smartphone and after he refused to stop when asked by police, he claims the officer attacked him.

According to Photography is Not a Crime – a weblog frequently covering the right to photograph and film law enforcement activities in public — Pringle was walking on Mission Beach boardwalk on Saturday when two police on bicycles approached him and his friends for the violation.

In the video that was posted on YouTube of the encounter, you can see an officer writing up the ticket as Pringle says offscreen that he was getting a citation for smoking on the sidewalk. From there, when the officer is about to explain to Pringle the citation, he asks that Pringle put his phone away. Pringle refused, which led to what appears to be a struggle before the screen goes dark.”

San Diego Police Accused of Attacking Man for Filming Them With Cellphone

” A separate video filmed by one of Pringle’s friends identifies one of the officers as M. Reinhold.

In this video, Reinhold said “[the other officer said] just give him the phone. Isn’t that a reasonable thing to do?”

The friend asks how the phone is a weapon and Reinhold said he didn’t know for sure at the time that Pringle’s device wasn’t.

“If you look it up online, cellphones can be converted into firearms and Tasers. Look it up online. There’s video of how to do it,” Reinhold said.

Reinhold later goes on to explain that officers have training on how cellphones can be converted into such weapons.

“So, if someone wants to stand within a couple feet of me, I’m gonna need to look at that cellphone and make sure it’s not a weapon,” he said.”

More at photographyisnotacrime.com

” UPDATE II: Mickey Osterreicher, general counsel of the National Press Photographers Association, sent the following email to the mayor:

Dear Mayor,

As the general counsel for the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) I have been in contact with you police department in an ongoing attempt to help improve police relations and avoid the type of incident that occurred yesterday. See: http://www.photographyisnotacrime.com/2013/04/09/san-diego-police-attack-and-arrest-man-video-recording-them-claiming-phone-could-be-a-weapon/

I spoke at the annual meeting of the IACP held in your city last September regarding the First Amendment rights of the press and public to photograph and record. Apparently more is needed. As I have done training with other police departments around the country I renew my offer to help yours.

Please feel free to contact me.

Thank you for your attention in this matter.

Very truly yours,
Mickey H. Osterreicher
General Counsel
National Press Photographers Association (NPPA)”









Ex-SEAL One-Ups NRA With Tougher, Safer Plan





” His is an idea that is catching fire, though he said the heated debate over gun control is stealing time and attention away from effective prevention measures for schools. Jed Babbin, a columnist for the American Spectator and a friend of McClellan, wrote that the SEAL school defense plan would have been effective at Sandy Hook.

“Newtown school principal Dawn Hochsprung and school psychologist Mary Sherlach confronted shooter Adam Lanza, and were killed trying to stop him. Had they a TASER, perhaps the killing would have ended, and without their lives being taken,” he wrote.”