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  • Police promote commander in ‘excessive force’ case (Albuquerque)

    05/15/2014 11:52:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 15, 2014 11:56 PM EDT | Russell Contreras
    Albuquerque police promoted a commander who was accused in a lawsuit of burning off part a homeless man’s ear with a stun gun, officials announced Thursday. Albuquerque Police Department Chief Gorden Eden said in a statement he was promoting two Albuquerque commanders to the newly created rank of major in response to a harsh U.S. Justice Department report that was critical of Albuquerque police’s use of excessive force and demanded the agency adopt a number of reforms. Foothills Area Commander Timothy Gonterman and Criminal Investigations Commander Anthony Montano will now oversee the East and West Side Field Services Divisions respectively,...
  • Manchester police seize stun gun disguised as iPhone (UK)

    03/09/2014 10:14:35 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    BBC News ^ | 8 March 2014 | Last updated at 08:41 ET
    A stun gun disguised as a mobile phone has been seized from a 14-year-old boy in Manchester. Police said the weapon, which looks like a black iPhone and emits a strong electric shock, was found when the boy was searched. An officer suffered a shock as he examined it, but was not seriously hurt. A knife was also seized during the search, prompted after reports four teenagers were racially abusing a bus driver in Portland Street. …
  • Philadelphia: Women Get Into Stun Gun Fight Inside Pa. Mall (Brawl VIDEO)

    11/29/2013 5:34:13 PM PST · by dragnet2 · 53 replies
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  • Cops: Tinley Park man used stun gun on wife after Bears win

    11/05/2013 7:34:16 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 13 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | November 5, 2013 | Gregory Pratt
    The Chicago-Green Bay rivalry intensified for one couple after a south suburban Bears fan won a bet with his Packers fan wife at a bar in Wisconsin, police said. John M. Grant, 42, of Tinley Park and his wife watched the Bears beat the Packers Monday night at Sidelines Tap in Mayville, Wis., according to police. Grant told police he and his wife made a bet that he could use a Taser on her if the Bears won. The two were in the alley smoking a cigarette at one point when Grant used the Taser “two times on her buttocks,”...
  • 'Point 'em out, knock 'em out': Brutal game ends when assault victim fires his concealed handgun

    08/26/2013 10:45:56 AM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 152 replies
    Mlive ^ | 8-26-2013 | John Barnes
    The game was called "point 'em out, knock 'em out," and it was as random as it was brutal.The object: Target an innocent victim for no other reason than they are there, then sucker punch him or her.But on this day in Lansing, there would be no punch. The teen-age attacker had a stun gun. He did not know his would-be victim was carrying a legally concealed pistol. The teen lost the game................The 17-year-old in gym shorts approached his target. The 28-year-old Lansing man was waiting for his daughter at her school-bus stop at REO Road and Ballard Street.....The teen...
  • Prosecutors: Spurned woman used stun gun on ex-boyfriend

    06/30/2013 7:27:02 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 14 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | June 30, 2013 | Jennifer Delgado
    A Gary, Ind., woman was arrested over the weekend after she allegedly shocked her ex-boyfriend four times with a stun gun after he told her he was with another woman, authorities said Police say Chanelle Luckett showed up at her ex-boyfriend’s far South Side home at 4:40 a.m. after he didn’t answer any of her 30 phone calls.
  • Accused Rapist Gets 3800-Watt Stun Gun Past TSA Agents at JFK Airport

    04/02/2013 9:51:05 PM PDT · by TSA-Watch · 28 replies
    TSA Watch ^ | 04/2/2013 | TSA Watch
    Well isn't this just ducky. It seems that yesterday, Port Authority police arrested an accused rapist at New York’s JFK Airport just as he was getting ready to board his flight to London.They found a stun gun in his carry-on luggage, which he somehow managed to get past the intrepid TSA agents at the security screening checkpoint.This wasn't some zap-your-frat-brothers-on-a-dare stun gun, folks. This was a 3800-watt stun gun that the accused is alleged to have used to subdue his girlfriend before repeatedly raping her the day prior to his arrest.When asked how the suspect, 23-year old Prodromos Vasilopoulos, was...
  • Florida Homeowner Forced to Shoot Attacker After Friend is 'Shocked' with Stun Gun, Beaten

    11/22/2012 12:28:43 AM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    guns.com ^ | 21 November, 2012 | dabneybailey
    A Holly Hill, Florida homeowner was forced to open fire when two men attacked his friend and proceeded to enter the house in an attempted robbery Saturday around 10 p.m. The incident left one of the two men dead and the other on the run. According to the Daytona Beach News Journal, Kenneth Conley, 53, was eating supper on the front porch of his friend 62-year-old Jerry Stremovihtg's house when two men approached Conley, shocked him with a stun gun and then started beating him with brass knuckles. Police said that they aren't sure what the motive was for the...
  • Pentagon Develops Easy Capture Nano-second Electrical Pulse Stun Gun

    07/12/2012 2:58:30 PM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies
    gadizmo.com ^ | 12 July, 2012 | R.J. Huneke
    Get fired upon and instantaneously be rendered unconscious by the Department of Defense’s newest non-lethal, but beefed up, stun gun. This Nano-second Electrical Pulse Stun Gun (nsEP) is one of several projects that the Department of Defense showcased on June 22 at the Non-Lethal Weapons Industry Day in Quantico, Virginia. It is in the early prototype stages, per the Pentagon’s PDF, and the nsEP gun is currently being tested on animals (ouch) to see if it will be safe for human utilization. They say the Nanosecond Electrical Pulses (nsEP) have the potential to cause a non-lethal disabling effect, and that...
  • Sharpton, Jackson, Media Silent About Hate Crime in S.C.

    04/02/2012 10:26:58 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 25 replies
    New American ^ | 4-2-12 | Cort Kirkwood
    Six black men assaulted a white man outside a restaurant in Seneca, S.C. on March 17 after insulting him with a racial remark. Such was the severity of the beating and obvious racial motive that local police have referred the case to federal officials. However, contrary to their usual reaction in such matters, the national media have yet to jump on the case, and civil rights leaders have said nothing about it. The leftist media’s and “civil rights” groups' silence on the subject stands in sharp contrast to their handling of the tragic killing of Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26...
  • Self-defense Devices Other Than Guns

    11/10/2011 9:07:50 PM PST · by A Navy Vet · 124 replies · 1+ views
    self ^ | 11/ | A Navy Vet
    Things are getting dicey. While some States allow gun open carry and others allow concealed or both, many good folks just don't want to have to carry all the time. While I wish all good citizens would carry, here is an alternative for those who still would defend themselves and those innocents around them.
  • Slain Pa. officer had pointed stun gun at 2 dogs

    08/12/2011 12:20:01 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 261 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August 12, 2011
    FREEMANSBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Authorities say a police officer slain while responding to a domestic disturbance in a small eastern Pennsylvania borough had pointed a stun gun at two dogs before being shot. The Morning Call of Allentown reports Freemansburg police Officer Robert Lasso had pointed at the attacking dogs when the homeowner pulled out a shotgun and fired the fatal blast Thursday evening.
  • Bay County judge says Second Amendment protects Bay City man's right to possess stun guns

    04/22/2011 8:22:43 AM PDT · by nerdwithagun · 13 replies
    The Bay City Times via Mlive ^ | April 21, 2011 | Lania Coleman
    BAY CITY — When a Bay City party store worker wore a “stun gun” on the job for personal protection, he was charged with a crime. In a written opinion, 18th Circuit Court Judge Joseph K. Sheeran dismissed the weapons charge facing 41-year-old Dean S. Yanna on the basis that the law violates Yanna’s Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.
  • Dad Accused of Using Stun Gun on Daughter's Friend Over Naked Photo

    06/07/2010 12:28:06 AM PDT · by jerry557 · 43 replies · 59+ views
    FOX KDVR ^ | 06/04/10
    TEMECULA, Calif. -- An angry father is accused of using a stun gun on a 23 year old man who sent his 17 year old daughter an explicit cell phone picture. William Atwood Sr., 45, was charged Wednesday with multiple felonies in connection with the case. Authorities say Atwood lured Justin Moore to his home, ordered him to strip down to his boxer shorts, and tied him up and tased him with a stun gun before turning him over to a sheriff's deputy. Moore told authorities he sent a photo of his genitals to several friends, including Atwood's daughter, as...
  • Report: Man Brain Dead After Clash With Border Patrol (Shot With Stun Gun)

    05/31/2010 5:08:51 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 45 replies · 1,069+ views
    FOX 5 San Diego ^ | May 31, 2010 | FOX 5 San Diego Staff
    <p>SAN DIEGO - A man who U.S. authorities shot with a stun gun at a San Diego border crossing is brain dead but remains on life support, according to a published report.</p> <p>Anastasio Hernandez, 42, has been in a San Diego hospital since he stopped breathing Friday night after struggling with border agents at the San Ysidro port of entry, according to KPBS.</p>
  • Pawt. man due in Puerto Rican court (New blackout begins on Jet Blue boxcutter, stun gun suspect)

    05/22/2010 5:20:49 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 6 replies · 421+ views
    WPRI ^ | 5/21/10 | Tim O'Coin
    A Pawtucket man accused of trying to bring weapons on board an airliner in Puerto Rico is due in court Friday. Jose Pol was scheduled to go before a judge for a bail and defender hearing. Federal authorities say Pol, 59, tried to board a Boston-bound Jet Blue flight on Monday with the weapons . He was stopped at a security checkpoint; TSA officials said they found box cutters, a switchblade, and a stun gun in his carry-on luggage.
  • Man caught boarding plane with weapons

    05/19/2010 1:29:28 PM PDT · by cll · 42 replies · 1,509+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 5/19/2010 | AP
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- U.S. authorities have charged a man with attempting to board a flight from Puerto Rico with weapons including a stun gun, a switchblade knife and four box cutters. ~ snip ~ Pol was scheduled to take a JetBlue flight to Boston when he was arrested on Monday. In addition to the knives agents found pepper spray and a flight simulator program in his luggage.
  • Officials: Colo. deputy used stun gun on students

    04/08/2010 10:49:56 PM PDT · by Cheap_Hessian · 4 replies · 373+ views
    Breitbart (AP) ^ | April 9, 2010
    LEADVILLE, Colo. (AP) - A sheriff's deputy in Colorado has been placed on unpaid administrative leave after he used a stun gun to shock 30 students at a high school career fair. Officials with Lake County High School, in the small central Colorado town of Leadville, say the students asked the deputy to shock them so they knew what it felt like. Two students were treated for minor burns at a local hospital and released.
  • Woman convicted of animal cruelty uses stun gun on trooper

    10/18/2009 9:58:27 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 17 replies · 784+ views
    http://www.sunjournal.com ^ | October 18, 2009 | Donna M. Perry
    FARMINGTON — Police say a 65-year-old New Sharon woman assaulted a state trooper with a 975,000-volt stun gun during an investigation into possible animal hoarding at her house on Lane Road.
  • U.S.-Iraq 'Intermediary' Facing Charges

    12/11/2003 5:00:15 PM PST · by TexKat · 3 replies · 298+ views
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 12/11/03 | CURT ANDERSON
    WASHINGTON - A Lebanese-American businessman who acted as a conduit for a last-ditch peace offer from Iraq to the United States faces federal charges of attempting to bring weapons on a commercial aircraft. The charges were filed Nov. 6 against Imad Hage, months after he was stopped at Dulles International Airport outside Washington when a .45-caliber handgun, five ammunition magazines and four stun guns were detected in his checked luggage. Hage said by telephone Thursday from Beirut that he intends to return to the United States in a few weeks to fight the charges, which he suggested were only brought...
  • Michigan Lawmaker Allows Himself to be Tasered to Prove Safety of "Stun Guns" - Video 11/12/08

    11/13/2008 4:05:33 PM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 3 replies · 298+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | November 13, 2008 | BrianinMO
    Here is video of a Michigan lawmaker at the state capital allowing himself to be tasered to demonstrate that it would be safe to allow citizens to carry "stun guns" for self-defense. Of course the Today Show hosts have to make snide remarks about the demonstration. . . . (Watch Video)
  • Man falls to death after police stun gun shock

    09/25/2008 9:36:02 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 48 replies · 1,133+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/25/08 | Colleen Long - ap
    NEW YORK – An officer appears to have violated police department guidelines when he used a Taser stun gun on a naked, distraught man teetering on a building ledge, officials said Thursday.
  • Ouch, New Stungun Tested by My Wife..On Me

    09/11/2008 3:49:13 AM PDT · by freeplancer · 75 replies · 389+ views
    Cheetah Stunguns ^ | freeplancer
    Anyone have a stungun or tazer story? I recently purchased a new stun gun for my wife, and instead of the standard 300,000-650,000 volt guns, I purchased the 1 million volt model. Well, I took a page out of my military training and decided that we should test it out so we truly know what it will do. Like getting gassed in basic training and getting hammered by a puke laser in Afghanistan, I vounteered to do the deed. My wife really did not want to do it, or so she stated, but I talked her into it quite easily....
  • 2 Colo. men exchange Taser shots over parked van

    05/19/2008 2:47:35 AM PDT · by DemforBush · 7 replies · 136+ views
    Yahoo (AP) ^ | 5/16/08 | n/a
    BOULDER, Colo. - It wasn't exactly pistols at 30 paces, but police say a security company supervisor and a restaurateur shot each other with Tasers in a "bonehead" confrontation over parking...
  • Lipstick Stun Gun (Electrifying News)

    04/09/2008 2:55:22 PM PDT · by OnRightOnLeftCoast · 28 replies · 338+ views
    American Digest ^ | 4.9.2008 | Vanderleun
    A powerful rechargeable stun gun with safety cord now in the size and shape of an ordinary lipstick. It does not get any better than this. Womens self defense in the 21st century....
  • Police: Man used daughter as shield against stun gun

    02/22/2008 7:55:39 AM PST · by SmithL · 5 replies · 162+ views
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 2/22/8 | Don Jacobs
    Police arrested a man who used his 13-year-old daughter as a human shield to thwart officers’ attempts to zap him with an electrical stun gun. Jad Mubarak, 37, was arrested Thursday night after a two-hour standoff at the America’s Best Value Inn and Suites off Merchants Drive where he had barricaded himself inside a room with his two children, police said. Mubarak was suspected of shoplifting four iPods, software and an MPS recorder on Wednesday from a Target store, where he also allegedly assaulted a male employee who confronted him about the thefts, said Knoxville Police Department spokesman Darrell DeBusk....
  • Is shotgun Taser on the way?

    02/01/2008 5:16:10 PM PST · by BGHater · 15 replies · 115+ views
    The Star ^ | 31 Jan 2008 | Tonda Maccharles
    Weapons maker's CEO defends safety of his products to MPs The Arizona-based company that makes Taser stun guns is developing a new device that is launched from a 12-gauge shotgun and can fire an electric charge from 20 metres away. The new technology has already led to inquiries from Canadian law enforcement agencies. Tom Smith, founder and chief executive officer of Taser International Inc., told a parliamentary committee studying the safety of the current Taser models in use that no deaths in Canada have been caused by the weapons. Smith said "scientific" research shows the stun guns are safe if...
  • Safety: In Stun Gun Training, Officer’s Spine Is Fractured

    09/17/2007 10:30:43 PM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies · 253+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 18, 2007 | ERIC NAGOURNEY
    Advocates for the use of stun guns by police departments like to point to evidence that they are a generally safe way to subdue aggressive suspects. But they could probably find a better spokesman than an officer in North Carolina who volunteered to be shocked at a training class. The officer ended up in the emergency room with two spinal fractures. The incident, involving a Taser, is described online by The Annals of Emergency Medicine. The authors of the report say it is the sole case like it they could find. The officer was described as a healthy 38-year-old who...
  • (United Kingdom) Police Can Shoot Children With Stun Guns

    09/02/2007 8:59:19 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 38 replies · 589+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 2nd September 2007 | STEPHEN WRIGHT
    Police can shoot children with stun guns By STEPHEN WRIGHT Last updated at 23:55pm on 2nd September 2007 Police will be allowed to shoot children with Taser stun guns despite concerns they could trigger heart attacks. Officers in ten forces will be able to use the 50,000-volt weapons - which paralyse targets for a short time - against all potentially violent offenders. However campaigners have called for police to be banned from using Tasers on children. The Defence Scientific Advisory Council medical committee told the Home Office that not enough was known about the risks of using Tasers against youngsters....
  • 5 New Yorkers detained in Disney World brawl

    05/22/2007 11:14:42 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 55 replies · 1,624+ views
    New York Post Online ^ | May 22, 1:23 PM EDT | TRAVIS REED
    <p>ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Five New Yorkers who reportedly spat on and swore at Walt Disney World patrons were arrested after they allegedly punched a sheriff's deputy in the face, officials said.</p> <p>The suspects, all from Shirley, N.Y., ranged in age from 20 to 14 years old. Disney security told authorities they may have been intoxicated.</p>
  • Dad accused of using stun gun on baby

    02/06/2007 5:51:30 AM PST · by Mr. Brightside · 25 replies · 933+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 2/6/07
    Dad accused of using stun gun on baby 10:17 PM ET ALBANY, Ore. - An Albany father used a 100,000-volt stun gun on his 18-month-old son, police said Monday. Rian Whittman, 23, has been accused of assault and criminal mistreatment. Police said he used it "multiple times" over three weeks. A police spokesman said there were up to 10 instances. Police said Whittman's wife, 21, who was not named, reported the abuse on Saturday. The child was treated at a hospital, police said, and then taken into protective custody by the state Department of Human Services. Capt. Eric Carter said...
  • Man Accused Of Shocking Baby With Stun Gun

    11/17/2006 4:22:32 PM PST · by deaconjim · 109 replies · 2,097+ views
    SOMERSET, Pa. -- A Somerset man is accused of breaking his infant's leg and shocking the baby with a stun gun, WTAE Channel 4's Jennifer Miele reported on Thursday. Brandon Alan Austill, 21, was arraigned on charges including six counts of aggravated assault and eight counts of reckless endangerment. Somerset Borough police said Austill admitted to smashing the infant's head against a bathroom sink and a dining room table. Police said Austill also bent the infant's leg until he heard it break and jolted the baby with a stun gun. The baby's injuries included a broken left tibia, broken left...
  • Police use stun gun on UCLA student who won't leave library

    11/15/2006 3:59:28 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 35 replies · 2,022+ views
    LOS ANGELES A camera phone captured a UCLA student being shot with a stun gun by a police officer after he allegedly refused repeated requests to show his student identification and would not leave a campus library, university police said Wednesday. The incident occurred about 11 p.m. Tuesday after police did a routine check of student ID at the Powell Library computer lab. "This is a long-standing library policy to ensure the safety of students during the late-night hours," said UCLA Police Department spokeswoman Nancy Greenstein. She said police tried to escort Mostafa Tabatabainejad, 23, out of the library after...
  • Police stun gun kills teen with Bible

    10/31/2006 6:31:34 AM PST · by Mr. Brightside · 39 replies · 1,259+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 10/31/06
    Police stun gun kills teen with Bible 46 minutes ago JERSEYVILLE, Ill. - A teenager carrying a Bible and shouting "I want Jesus" was shot twice with a police stun gun and later died at a St. Louis hospital, authorities said. In a statement obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press, police in Jerseyville, about 40 miles north of St. Louis, said 17-year-old Roger Holyfield would not acknowledge officers who approached him and he continued yelling, "I want Jesus." Police tried to calm the teen, but Holyfield became combative, according to the statement. Officers fired the stun gun at him after...
  • Police Stun Gun Kills Teen with Bible

    10/31/2006 6:44:53 AM PST · by Types_with_Fist · 140 replies · 2,526+ views
    JERSEYVILLE, Ill. - A teenager carrying a Bible and shouting “I want Jesus” was shot twice with a police stun gun and later died at a St. Louis hospital, authorities said. In a statement obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press, police in Jerseyville, about 40 miles north of St. Louis, said 17-year-old Roger Holyfield would not acknowledge officers who approached him and he continued yelling, “I want Jesus.” Police tried to calm the teen, but Holyfield became combative, according to the statement. Officers fired the stun gun at him after he ignored their warnings, then fired again when he continued...
  • Poison warfare suits found in mosque raid (January 27, 2003 )

    01/27/2003 6:11:52 AM PST · by conservativecorner · 33 replies · 812+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | January 27, 2003 | LEO SCHLINK in London
    BRITISH police investigating a terror plot by Islamic saboteurs have found chemical warfare protection suits in a north London mosque. The discovery has shocked detectives, who believe the find confirms supporters of Osama bin Laden were planning a poison attack on civilian targets in Britain. Scotland Yard and MI5 detectives had kept the discovery of the nuclear, biological and chemical (NBC) suits secret. They feared disclosing it would spark panic. Government ministers have warned any suggestion that the Finsbury Park mosque had been involved would have worrying racist overtones. Police initially revealed they had seized a cache of weapons, including...
  • US military sets laser PHASRs to stun

    02/03/2006 10:23:07 AM PST · by jmcenanly · 11 replies · 696+ views
    New Scientist ^ | November 7, | Will Knight
    The US government has unveiled a "non-lethal" laser rifle designed to dazzle enemy personnel without causing them permanent harm. But the device will require close scrutiny to ensure compliance with a United Nations protocol on blinding laser weapons. The Personnel Halting and Stimulation Response (PHASR) rifle was developed at the Air Force Research Laboratory in New Mexico, US, and two prototypes have been delivered to military bases in Texas and Virginia for further testing. The US Department of Defense (DoD) believes the weapon could be used, for example, to temporarily blind suspects who drive through a roadblock. However, the DoD...
  • San Jose police given new rules on Taser stun guns

    11/30/2005 7:54:47 AM PST · by SmithL · 4 replies · 407+ views
    AP ^ | 11/30/5
    San Jose -- San Jose police officers were given strict new rules for using Taser stun guns on suspects, including warnings they should not shock handcuffed people, pregnant women, the elderly and children. Under pressure from activists and city officials, Police Chief Rob Davis announced the new guidelines Tuesday, just hours before a City Council meeting on the weapons, and nearly two weeks after a report by the city's own police auditor urging more specific guidelines. The council voted unanimously Tuesday to set a January deadline for Davis and auditor Barbara Attard to decide the best place to publish the...
  • US military sets laser PHASRs to stun

    11/08/2005 5:26:51 PM PST · by JustAnotherOkie · 22 replies · 837+ views
    NewScientist.com news service ^ | 16:05 07 November 2005 | Will Knight
    The US government has unveiled a "non-lethal" laser rifle designed to dazzle enemy personnel without causing them permanent harm. But the device will require close scrutiny to ensure compliance with a United Nations protocol on blinding laser weapons. The Personnel Halting and Stimulation Response (PHASR) rifle was developed at the Air Force Research Laboratory in New Mexico, US, and two prototypes have been delivered to military bases in Texas and Virginia for further testing. The US Department of Defense (DoD) believes the weapon could be used, for example, to temporarily blind suspects who drive through a roadblock. However, the DoD...
  • Ebay Agrees to Block Stun-Gun Sales to New Yorkers

    10/11/2005 10:26:46 AM PDT · by smartin · 9 replies · 452+ views
    TBO.com News ^ | Oct 11, 2005 | Mark Johnson
    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Online auctioneer eBay Inc. said Tuesday it will block the sale and shipment of stun guns and other illegal weapons to New York residents under an agreement with Attorney General Eliot Spitzer. In an investigation that started last year, Spitzer's office found the eBay users were easily able to buy stun guns through the company's Web site. Investigators, posing as ordinary customers, bought 16 stun guns from 16 different sellers on eBay. The sellers, 14 of whom are from outside New York, are believed to have sold more than 1,100 stun guns to New Yorkers from...
  • US shoots ahead in stun gun design

    08/15/2005 11:51:46 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 592+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 8/15/05 | David Hambling
    WEAPONS designed to fire "electric bullets" into crowds are being developed for police and border protection agencies in the US. The Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency, the domestic equivalent of the defence agency DARPA, has launched an "innovative less-lethal devices for law enforcement" programme to radically expand the capabilities of electric shock weapons. Existing stun weapons, such as the Taser, typically fire a pair of darts trailing current-carrying wires to shock the target, with a maximum range of about 7 metres. The HSARPA programme aims to develop wireless weapons that can be used over greater distances in spaces such...
  • Will 'electric bullets' replace the stun gun?

    08/11/2005 1:46:07 PM PDT · by Panerai · 14 replies · 525+ views
    Cnet News ^ | 08/11/2005
    Quick-footed criminals hoping to avoid the debilitating shock of a police stun gun could soon be facing a more exacting foe--the "electric bullet." Stun guns, like the Taser, fire small spears joined to the hand piece with wires. The spears discharge an electric shock and incapacitate the target, but such weapons have a limited range of up to about 30 feet. The United States Department of Homeland Security is seeking alternatives with broader uses, like light lasers or guns firing electric bullets to combat all manner of felons. (The military, meanwhile, is developing so-called nonlethal weapons such as a millimeter...
  • Multiple stun-gun jolts found justified

    06/25/2005 7:53:23 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies · 915+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/25/5 | Alan Gathright
    Criminal charges are not warranted against Pacifica police officers who repeatedly applied stun-gun shocks to a combative, cocaine-intoxicated suspect who later died, the San Mateo County district attorney said Friday. Gregory Saulsbury Jr.'s family has filed a $30 million federal lawsuit claiming that police violated his civil rights. District Attorney Jim Fox said his independent review concluded that the three officers struggling to subdue Saulsbury, whom authorities characterized as violent and out of control, "performed at the highest standard of law enforcement in a very difficult and dangerous situation."
  • Governor [Blagojevich D-IL] Signs Stun Gun Law

    06/03/2005 10:37:58 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 5 replies · 393+ views
    WFLD CHICAGO ^ | 06/03/2005 | Associated Press
    Buying a stun gun in Illinois will soon require the same background checks and 24-hour waiting period as buying a handgun or rifle. Governor Rod Blagojevich signed legislation that approves the restrictions, which go into effect January First. In addition, stun gun owners in Illinois will be required to have a state firearm owners identification card. The governor says the 50,000 volts a stun gun puts out can be lethal, so the weapons should be treated as seriously as the state treats firearms. While law enforcement officials will be exempt from the stun gun rules, much of the debate over...
  • Police used Taser on pregnant driver (Seattle)

    05/10/2005 1:51:41 AM PDT · by Stoat · 445 replies · 6,235+ views
    The Seattle P.I. ^ | May 10, 2005 | HECTOR CASTRO
    Tuesday, May 10, 2005Police used Taser on pregnant driverWoman convicted of refusing to obey Seattle officersBy HECTOR CASTRO SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER REPORTERShe was rushing her son to school. She was eight months pregnant. And she was about to get a speeding ticket she didn't think she deserved.So when a Seattle police officer presented the ticket to Malaika Brooks, she refused to sign it. In the ensuing confrontation, she suffered burns from a police Taser, an electric stun device that delivers 50,000 volts."Probably the worst thing that ever happened to me," Brooks said, in describing that morning during her criminal trial...
  • Woman claims Fla. officers abused her with stun gun

    04/20/2005 5:27:20 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies · 625+ views
    AP)KCAL9 ^ | Wednesday April 20, 2005 | AP)
    MIAMI (AP) A woman who allegedly overstayed her welcome at a motel was zapped nine times with a stun gun as police arrested her. Patricia Skelly's attorney said there was little evidence that the 110-pound woman posed such a danger that repeated use of the Taser was needed. But authorities Wednesday defended the use of force, saying Skelly was extremely combative. Skelly, 47, was arrested Easter Sunday at a motel in Valparaiso in the Florida Panhandle when the owners were unable to determine whether she would leave or stay another night. ``It's just not right what happened to me,'' Skelly...
  • Police group recommends stun gun rules

    04/03/2005 7:44:52 PM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies · 320+ views
    AP ^ | 4/3/5 | BETH DeFALCO
    PHOENIX - A police chief association is recommending that law enforcement departments using electronic stun guns, or those considering buying them, develop specific protocol for their use and track each time the weapon is deployed. In the report, released late Sunday, the International Association of Chiefs of Police urged police agencies to place stun guns on a use-of-force chart - helping officers to decide better which tool to grab in a given situation. Scottsdale-based Taser International Inc. is the only company that has a patent to distribute stun guns, which the company calls Tasers. Touted as less lethal than other...
  • Autistic Teenager Is Beaten by Deputies After Being Mistaken for a Prowler

    03/22/2005 11:01:40 AM PST · by Indy Pendance · 475 replies · 4,740+ views
    AP ^ | 3-22-05
    MOUNTAIN GATE, Calif. (AP) - An autistic teenager suffered a head injury and a broken elbow in a beating by three sheriff's deputies who mistook him for a prowler, authorities say. Pierre Cowell, a 17-year-old who does not speak, had wandered from his home early Friday. A neighbor, who did not recognize him, called 911 after seeing him outside her home about 2 a.m., Capt. Tom Bosenko said Monday. The woman became alarmed when she heard the doorknob jiggling, he said. As three deputies approached the house, Cowell ran toward them and bumped one of them, Bosenko said. When Cowell...
  • Stun-gun maker hires police to tout weapon - Critics say practice could represent conflict of...

    02/21/2005 10:35:36 AM PST · by SmithL · 3 replies · 256+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/21/5 | Alan Gathright
    The maker of a police stun gun associated with the deaths of 93 people, including several in Northern California, has hired hundreds of officers to peddle the electroshock device to law enforcement agencies in the Bay Area and across the nation. Critics question whether Taser International's 263 police consultants, dubbed "master instructors,'' are making it clear to law enforcement agencies that they are working for the stun-gun maker or giving the impression that they represent their departments. Two months ago, a Minnesota officer quit after superiors found he had been moonlighting for Taser without their approval. "When a police department...
  • DEADLY STUN GUN THAT FOOLS AIRPORT X-RAYS (can also spray CS gas)

    02/20/2005 2:33:28 AM PST · by FairOpinion · 36 replies · 1,089+ views
    UK Mirror ^ | Feb. 16, 2005 | Gary Jones
    A NEW plastic stun gun can be smuggled past X-ray detector equipment at airports, anti-terror police have warned. The gun, which paralyses with a 50,000 volt shock, can also spray CS gas and could become a favoured weapon of terrorists. It was found during a routine baggage search at Heathrow after its owner had passed through X-ray checks. One airport-based detective said: "This is a major cause for concern. This stun gun is sophisticated and in the wrong hands lethal with potentially disastrous consequences." Airport security staff have been alerted to the weapon's danger in the hands of terrorists. Scotland...