San Jose police officers using baton, Taser gun on suspect

Written by Janet

San Jose police officers are seen in a cellphone video repeatedly striking a suspect with a baton, and using a Taser on him, as they took him into custody last month. The grainy video appears to show at least one baton strike after the man is handcuffed. Police officials said they have opened a criminal probe.



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    Mounties said too hasty in stun gun death

    Royal Canadian Mounted Police use of a stun gun on a man who died at the Vancouver airport in 2007 was “premature and inappropriate,” a commission said.

    The Commission for Public Complaints, an independent part of the RCMP, issued its findings in the death of Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski, who was shot with a Taser five times in 31 seconds.

    The report stated 23 findings and made 16 recommendations involving the actions of four officers who responded to a call that 40-year-old Dziekanski was behaving erratically on Oct. 14, 2007.

    Among the findings were: No meaningful attempt was made to de-escalate the situation. No warning — visual or otherwise –was given to Dziekanski prior to him being Tasered. Use of the (Taser) against Dziekanski was “premature and inappropriate.”

    RCMP Commissioner William Elliott said in a letter to the CPC he is waiting for the final report of a previous inquiry into Dziekanski’s death before commenting on the latest report, the Vancouver Sun reported.

    Dziekanski, who spoke no English, had been flying for 20 hours and had been at the airport for 11 hours when he was videotaped throwing luggage and yelling before police arrived.

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    San Jose use of Tasers face new scrutiny after federal court ruling

    An appeals court ruling this week limiting the police use of Tasers may have special importance in San Jose, where every police officer is armed with the stun gun and where their use in a series of situations has raised controversy.

    The 9th District Court, in its ruling said that the stun guns should only be used under limited conditions, since they represent a more serious use of force than other non-lethal police weapons.

    In the 3-0 ruling, which applies to California and Western states, comes as the Santa Clara District Attorney is reviewing an October incident captured on videotape in which a San Jose police officer stunned a San Jose State University student in a hallway with a Taser as his partner used his baton on the man., Phuong Ho The Mercury News, in an article on the use of force last Sunday, highlighted an incident last summer in which an officer used her Taser on a couple who were arguing outside the Public Defender’s office. The families of two suspects who died after being stunned with a Taser by San Jose police are currently suing the department.

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    Ohio Officer Allegedly Abused Children With Taser-Like Weapon

    A part-time police officer has reportedly been charged for allegedly abusing his girlfriend’s young children with a Taser-like weapon.

    Kevin McCann, 47, of Lawrence Township, Ohio, has been charged with two counts of felonious assault and two counts of felony child endangering. McCann allegedly used a Taser-like weapon this on Christina Robinson’s 3-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son, the Canton Repository reports.

    Authorities do not believe McCann shocked the children and they do not believe the weapon he allegedly used in this incident was given to him as part of his official duties, according to the newspaper.

    Robinson, 22, also of Lawrence Township, is charged with four counts of felony child endangering.

    Both suspects were arraigned Wednesday and denied all charges. They remain in the Stark County Jail with bond set at $500,000.

    The two children in question and a younger sibling have been placed with a relative with supervision provided by the Stark County Department of Job and Family Services, the newspaper reports.

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    Cop uses Taser on another in Mass. off-duty spat

    Two police officers are facing charges after an off-duty fracas outside a Massachusetts home ended with one officer using a Taser on the other.

    Daron Fraser lives in Raymond, N.H., and is a patrolman in Lawrence, Mass. Joshua Wallar, of Methuen, Mass., is a patrolman in Kingston, N.H.

    Authorities say Fraser and his pregnant girlfriend were having a dispute late Tuesday night in Haverhill (HAY’-vruhl), when Wallar intervened and subdued Fraser with his department-issued Taser.

    Fraser was charged with two assault counts. Wallar was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Both pleaded not guilty.

    Wallar’s lawyer says his client believed his intervention was justified. Fraser’s lawyer says the dispute was overblown.

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    Florida Man Dies Shortly After Cops Stun Him With Taser

    Authorities say a Florida Panhandle man died shortly after being stunned by Tallahassee police officers.

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    Man with pellet gun tasered by Portland police

    Police officers used a taser to subdue a man they said was coming at them with a pellet gun.

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