Friday, October 26, 2012


(Note: This post represents an archive that I began several years ago. Many of the articles may have been removed from the cited URLs. I will update this page as time permits.)

"One-third of people shot by Taser need medical attention: probe," 

Tasers a form of torture, says UN
Agence France-Presse | From correspondents in Geneva | November 24, 2007
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
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.
See, also:

Torture by Taser
"Taser jolt can cause fatal heart rhythm," 
Terri Theodore | The Toronto Star; THE CANADIAN PRESS | May 09, 2008 
"Heart experts warn Tasers deadly,"  
Suzanne Fournier | The Province | Tuesday, May 20, 2008,  

American Heart Association: Tasers can cause death
By Jennifer Edwards Baker and Janice Morse, The Cincinnati Enquirer
But, despite the warnings, dangers, and UN-designation of "torture device", police around the world are being told that tasers are safe enough even to use of children.
Now police are told they can use Taser guns on children
By JASON LEWIS | Last updated at 15:27pm on 2nd September 2007

Students and children:
Police Taser 6-Year-Old
Officer's Taser is used on girl, 9
Cops Taser UCLA Student
Florida Student Is Shocked at Kerry Forum
Washington Post
Retired NYPD officer says cops used Taser on his teenage Son
Superior police, district say using Tasers on students is OK
Maria Lockwood | Superior Daily Telegram | Published Friday, February 08, 2008
Second student shot with Taser
Charlotte Observer/Melissa Manware | September 27 2005
Sixth Grader Tasered At Middle School
The elderly:
No justification for using Taser on grandmaChicago cop's actions against mentally ill woman probed
By Mary Mitchell, Sun-Times Columnist | November 6, 2007
Police taser 75-year-old at nursing home
Pregnant women:
Stun Gun Used on Pregnant Woman in Ohio
Associated Press | November 29, 2007
Pregnant woman tasered
Police Taser Pregnant Driver
FBI Investigates After Officer Uses Taser On Pregnant Woman
Jill Del Greco, Reporter | POSTED: November 28, 2007 | UPDATED: November 29, 2007
The disabled/restrained:

Diabetic Cleburne Teen Hit With Taser After Crash
CBSDFW.COM | October 24, 2012
Wheelchair-Bound Woman Dies After Being Shocked With Taser 10 Times 
Police use Taser in arresting autistic man
DailyPress | May 17, 2008
Handcuffed Woman Tased in Police Station
Kurt Nimmo | TruthNews | December 2, 2007
Man Tasered In Hospital Bed
Forced To Give Urine Sample
Associated Press | March 10 2005
And, yet:
St. Louis police plan wider use of Tasers
By Jeremy Kohler | ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH | 06/19/2008


Taser used on Wentzville student
By Kalen Ponche | St. Louis Suburban Journal | Tuesday, September 29, 2009 3:14 AM CDT

"Man's death by Taser prompts concern"
Joel Currier | ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH | 05/09/2008, 

According to the article entitled "Police Officers From Five States Sue Taser International for Serious Injuries Suffered During Stun Gun Training Classes," from August 25 2005, "among those who now warn of the dangers of tasers and other "energy devices" is a "a Missouri police chief" who "alleges that he suffered heart damage and two strokes after he volunteered to be shocked with a Taser in April 2004, while hooked up to a cardiac monitor that was supposed to show the Taser was safe. The officer also claims he suffered hearing and vision loss as well as neurological damage." Other officers allege injuries ranging from burns to fractures and dislocations. A cache of the original article can be viewed here:

St. Louis is not alone.
Tasered Man Dies
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/ NY Times | June 11, 2008
Alton Man Dies after Being Tasered
By Casey Nolen | KSDK / News Channel 5 | Created: 5/7/2008 10:51:42 AM
Last updated: 5/7/2008 10:15:52 PM
N.C. Teen Dies After Police Shock Him With Taser at Grocery Store
Friday, March 21, 2008
Man Dies After Police Use Stun Gun on Him
Another Meaningless Taser Death: Police Use Of Stun Guns Out Of Control
Confused? Distressed? Need Help? Get tasered | November 15 , 2007  | Steve Watson
Suspect dies in police custody
Posted at: 11/18/2007 07:18:54 PM | By: Eyewitness News 4
A man died in police custody after being subdued with a Taser. ... Police transported
the man to the detention center. But when they arrived, he was dead. State police say an
autopsy is pending.
Wheelchair-Bound Woman Dies After Being Shocked With Taser 10 Times 
Phoenix Man Dies After Being Tasered
Associated Press | May 4, 2005

Police accused of firing Taser into head of innocent man
Robert Booth | Tuesday December 18, 2007 | The Guardian (UK)
Houston Man Dies After Shocked By Taser Gun
POSTED: 7:18 am CDT July 14, 2008

Man's death spurs more questions on police Taser use
Arelis R. Hernández | Orlando Sentinel | 7:53 p.m. EST, June 2, 2012

Man who died after being tasered by police in Sydney Australia 
may have lost his life over a packet of biscuits
CARLEEN FROST | The Daily Telegraph | March 19, 2012 12:00AM

Sledge Hammer, Porn Star, Dies After Being Tasered By Police
The Huffington Post  |  By Kathleen Miles Posted: 04/16/2012 3:48 pm Updated: 04/17/2012 4:34 pm
"...tased to the point of cardiac arrest by police"

Man dies after police shock him with Taser
By Dale Lezon | Wednesday, August 1, 2012 | Updated: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 10:32am

Man dies after being tasered by police
Jeremy Foster | KTAR | Originally published: Feb 8, 2010 - 4:06 pm

Phoenix Suspect Dies After Three Taser Hits
Robert Anglen | The Arizona Republic | 7/18/2005
(Original URL removed, cahced at:

"Man hit with police Tasers dies"
St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
The article was previously viewable at
but it has since been removed. 

See the list, here:

532 Taser-Related Deaths in the United States Since 2001
September 14, 2012


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