Wednesday, October 19, 2011

NYCLU: Police Misusing Tasers In NY State


Police officers throughout New York State are consistently misusing and overusing Tasers, according to a report released today by the New York Civil Liberties Union.

The report, Taking Tasers Seriously: The Need for Better Regulation of Stun Guns in New York, analyzes 851 Taser incident reports from eight police departments across the state as well as 10 departments’ policies and guidelines for using the weapons, which deliver up to 50,000 volts of electricity and have caused the deaths of more than a dozen New Yorkers in recent years.

The NYCLU’s analysis found that an absence of sound policies, training and guidelines to direct the lawful use of Tasers is contributing to the disturbing pattern of misuse and overuse of the weapons and putting New Yorkers at risk.

“Our analysis shows that police officers are using Tasers in inappropriate, irresponsible and downright deadly manner,” said NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman. “This disturbing pattern of misuse and abuse endangers lives. Law enforcement agencies that choose to use Tasers must adopt clear and effective policies governing their use, and they must do so without delay.”
SCATS ~~ The findings of this report are simply shocking!

Capt. Steve Chatterton, GPD (to D&C) ~~ "We document every case, every case gets reviewed. They are a tool, just like pepper spray or anything else, that we use on a case-by-case basis, and we have documented cases in which Tasers have been used but where deadly force would have been considered appropriate."  


Anonymous said...

The lowlifes are lucky that they are only getting "Tazed". Lots better than getting clubbed, beaten or lit up with a firearm. This time, I am on the side of the police regarding this issue.

SCATS said...

To 9:05PM ~~ The problem with tasers appears to be that they are used frequently ... and often in situations where the cops wouldn't use any other type weapon. Example: Tasering a 5 yr. school kid who misbehaves.
Example: Repeatedly tasering a woman in the chest & her groin.

I'm sure there are hundreds of examples like these that happened around the country. Tasers are "easy" to use, maybe too easy.

I wonder what GPD's current policy is on using them under Chief Todd? Under Rahn it was the next step when someone didn't follow a verbal command, according to Brian Ball.