Cops 'going feral'. Tasers and taser training. Is there a connection?
A feral organism is one that has escaped from domestication and returned, partly or wholly, to a wild state.

Monday, August 24, 2009

'Plummer the Plumber' has a nice ring...

CINCINNATI -- Cincinnati's police chief said Monday that when Officer Anthony Plummer shocked Celeste Thomas, 26, the daughter of a city councilman with a Taser gun early Sunday, it was an excessive use of force. ... Plummer was fired by the police department previously, but rehired about a year ago after mediation. Streicher told radio host Lincoln Ware that the last time he recalled an officer being involved in an excessive force use of a Taser also involved Plummer. Prior to 2004, the Citizens Complaint Authority heard allegations from 10 people against Plummer. Six of those were for excessive force. [LINK]

Time for Plummet to find a new line of employment.

Maybe local authorities should take a few minutes to review the taser training too. Hey, I'm judging by results.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Deputy (ret'd) Michael Gaskill indicted

Hyde County, NC - A deputy in the Hyde County Sheriff’s Office has been indicted on charges related to excessive use of a Taser on two people. Michael Tristan Gaskill was charged with one count of felonious restraint and one count of simple assault in each of two separate bills of indictment the grand jury handed down Monday in Hyde County Superior Court, Brandy Pugh, deputy court clerk, said today. Hyde County Sheriff David Mason said Gaskill was fired on Monday. [LINK]

According to the indictments, it is alleged that Roland S. Cooper was assaulted on April 8 by Gaskill “repeatedly” using a Taser on him. ...on June 20, 2008, Tyree Shanta Bond was alledgedly assaulted “using a Taser on him for 24 seconds.”

The winds of change?

Constable Mike Wasylyshen

"...the review board says Edmonton Police Services Constable Mike Wasylyshen had no reason to pull the trigger of his Taser eight times against Randy Fryingpan back in 2002. It also found the officer possibly inflicted a serious blow to Fryingpan's head and failure to read him his rights, along with failing to collect evidence." [LINK]

Former acting police chief Daryl Da Costa had decided the allegations against Constable Mike Wasylyshen were unfounded.

There really should be an administrative penalty for that decision.

Friday, August 14, 2009

The Audra Harmon incident

The Audra Harmon incident (included a good soild tasering, right in front of her kids). [LINK]

MS-NBC has a good review of the whole ugly incident. [LINK]

If you raise this example with pro-taser folks, they will change the subject. They have no answer. They have no response. They'll change the subject.

Harmon’s attorney said that bigger issues are involved. "The issue here really is much broader than Audra’s case. The reason why we’re here is because Tasering has become a problem not only locally. I found out a man in Onondaga County was killed by a Taser within the last year."

I love how that phrase is slowly gaining traction in the USA.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

New blog - "Feral Cops"

Most police officers are highly professional and are very nice people. Sometimes they're even heroic.

But there are some that have "gone feral".

Wiki: "A feral organism is one that has escaped from domestication and returned, partly or wholly, to a wild state."

The good police should arrest their feral brothers.