Deaths following police contact & in custody

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Call to lift secrecy around police Taser use after mentally ill man's death

NSW Council for Civil Liberties says force has not released statistics about stun gun use for six years<p>Civil liberties groups have demanded more transparency around the police use of Tasers after a mentally ill man died during a police arrest in Sydney on Sunday.<p>Stephen Blanks, the president of the …

Law Enforcement

Video shows Florida prison warden shooting inmate through cell door

Video has emerged of a corrections officer shooting an inmate suffering from mental health problems through a cell door at point-blank range.<p>Matthew …

Criminal Justice

Man dies after police taser incident

A 30-YEAR-OLD man has died after he collapsed while being arrested in Sydney’s inner west, sparking a police internal investigation.

Australia

Police launch review of UK firearms operations

Review follows concerns raised at inquiry into fatal shooting of unarmed man in Cheshire<p>A national review into the planning of firearms operations has been launched following concerns raised at an inquiry into the fatal shooting of an unarmed man.<p>A police-led taskforce, which formed in August, is …

Crime

Clinical care and complicity with torture

Medical Journals

Adrenergic and metabolic effects of electrical weapons: review and meta-analysis of human data. - PubMed

INTRODUCTION:<p>Electronic control with the CEW (conducted electrical weapon) has gained widespread acceptance as the preferred force option due to its …

PubMed

The pathology of torture

•<p>Autopsies must be conducted on people who die in custody.<p>•<p>Autopsies are rarely performed on torture cases because of disposal of the …

Tasers used 58 times in mental health settings

<b>Police drew, aimed or fired Tasers in mental health hospitals, wards, and clinics 58 times in the first six months of figures being recorded.</b><p>The government says a Taser should be a last resort - but campaigners say they should never be used in such settings.<p>The data, from 43 UK area forces, covers …

Mental Health

Police Tasered Bristol man with mental age of seven

<b>A disabled man was Tasered by police and charged with assaulting an officer in a case that collapsed when his mother discovered CCTV of the incident.</b><p>The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said the footage showed "rather different" events to those claimed by Avon and Somerset Police.<p>The police watchdog …

Crime

Here’s how much damage a stun gun does to your brain and body

Independent Office for Police Conduct

IPCC concerned about rise in ethnic minority deaths following police restraint

Anne Owers, outgoing chair of the police watchdog, says the relationship between ethnicity and use of force must be looked at closely<p>The official police watchdog says it is concerned about a rise in the proportion of ethnic minority people who have died after police use of force or restraint in the …

Rubber and plastic bullets too dangerous for crowd control, says study

‘Non-lethal’ bullets are often inaccurate and have potential to cause death, disability and serious injury, researchers find<p>Rubber and plastic bullets should not be used for crowd control, researchers have said, pointing out that such weapons are often inaccurate and can cause death, disabilities …

Shot by cops and forgotten

Police shoot far more people than anyone realized, a VICE News investigation reveals<p>An exclusive analysis of data from the 50 largest local police departments in the United States shows that police shoot Americans more than twice as often as previously known.<p>Police shootings aren’t just …

Law Enforcement

Daniel Shaver death: Video shows police shooting unarmed man as he begs for life with his hands up

Footage has emerged of the moment an Arizona police officer shot dead an unarmed man as he crawled towards officers with his hands up, sobbing …

Rural police forces consider giving guns to regular officers

Three forces believe that the large areas they cover mean current system of elite firearms officers would be too slow in responding to serious gun crime<p>Three police forces are considering plans to give guns to some uniformed bobbies on the beat in order to respond more quickly to a crisis …

Sean Rigg's family say decision not to charge police is 'shameful'

Family of London man who died in police custody in 2008 accuse prosecutors of setting ‘impossibly high bar’ for evidence in cases of alleged police misconduct<p>Five Metropolitan police officers involved in the arrest, restraint and detention of the musician Sean Rigg will not face charges, …

A Police Killing Without a Hint of Racism

Daniel Shaver begged officers not to shoot him. What role will his death play in the push for law-enforcement reforms?<p>On January 18, 2016, Daniel Shaver, a traveling pest-control worker, was in between shifts at his motel, a La Quinta Inn and Suites in Mesa, Arizona. In the elevator, he met a man …

Justice

Families at inquests should get funding if police do, says chief coroner

Mark Lucraft QC urges legal aid eligibility for inquiries into deaths in custody and prison when bills of state employees are met<p>Bereaved relatives should be granted legal aid at inquests in which the government pays for lawyers to represent police officers or other state employees, the chief …

Videos Reveal A Close, Gory View Of Police Dog Bites

Donald W. Cook is a Los Angeles attorney with decades of experience bringing lawsuits over police dog bites — and mostly losing. He blames what he calls "The Rin Tin Tin Effect" — juries think of police dogs as noble, and have trouble visualizing how violent they can be during an arrest.<p>"[Police] …

Law Enforcement

Police accused of exaggerating risks of HIV to introduce spit guards

Force plans to issue guards to officers from January, saying people infected with blood-borne viruses use spitting as a weapon<p>A police force has been accused of fear mongering and stigmatising sufferers of hepatitis C and HIV by playing up the risks of transmission of blood-borne viruses as a …

Deaths in custody: police urged to stop holding mentally ill in cells

Delayed report recommends broad reforms to police, justice system and health service in England and Wales to cut risk of death<p>Far-reaching reforms to the police, justice system and health service in England and Wales are needed to reduce the risk of people dying in custody, a long-delayed report …

Untried and unethical: why Nevada's new lethal injection crosses a line

As more drug companies prevent sales of their products for execution, some US states have seized on new, untried drug combinations – raising big ethical issues<p>Today, Scott Raymond Dozier was scheduled to be executed by lethal injection in Nevada’s Ely State Prison. However, the execution has been …