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January 24, 2008 | From the Associated Press
California Highway Patrol officers in Kern County are now packing Tasers, a stun-gun device authorities plan to use to immobilize violent suspects. Officer Greg Williams says officers statewide will be trained to use stun guns, which will replace pepper spray and batons. Williams says the Taser model selected by the Highway Patrol doesn't cause pain, but completely immobilizes people. Taser International Inc. sold 1,659 of the devices to the Highway Patrol last fall, and officials expect sales will rise as more officers are equipped.
December 23, 2013 | By Jessica Naziri
What is the one item you always have on you? For me, it's my cellphone. So when I heard about the Yellow Jacket iPhone case, equipped with a built-in, battery-powered stun gun that can charge your phone at the same time, I had to try it out for myself and see what all the buzz was about. At a glance, the Yellow Jacket , named after the predatory wasp, looks like any other hard-plastic protective phone case, just a lot bulkier. But what is, eh, shocking about this case is what's concealed inside.
December 15, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Canada's national police force, criticized for excessive use of Tasers, said that, from now on, officers would only fire the electric stun guns at suspects who are combative or resisting arrest. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police policy change was prompted by outrage over the death of a Polish immigrant who was Tasered and then restrained at the Vancouver airport in October. RCMP Commissioner William Elliott said he could not define combative behavior. Taser International Inc.
December 3, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
One of the officers charged with killing a mentally ill homeless man during a violent encounter can be heard on an audio recording proclaiming that he had hit the man 20 times in the face with his stun gun. The tape, which was recorded on a device worn by one of the officers the night of the beating, was played for jurors Tuesday in the first full day of testimony in the trial of two former Fullerton police officers accused of killing Kelly Thomas....
August 22, 1986
A bill repealing an 8-month-old state law allowing teachers and other school personnel to arm themselves at work with electronic stun guns won final legislative approval Thursday. In a 43-23 vote, the Assembly concurred with Senate changes and sent the bill, by Assemblyman Steve Peace (D-Chula Vista), to Gov. George Deukmejian.
July 7, 1990 | DARYL KELLEY
Six members of the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression protested Friday the death of Duane Johnson, a psychiatric patient with heart disease who died in February after being shocked with stun guns by Ventura police officers while tethered to a hospital gurney.
July 27, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The number of law enforcement officers with Taser stun guns is going up in San Joaquin County, law enforcement officers said, in spite of a nationwide debate over the health risks of shocking suspects. The Tracy Police Department trained half of its force this month on how to use the stun guns, which give victims an electric shock that renders them unable to react for about five seconds. They can be used from a distance of 20 feet.
September 26, 2006 | From Times Staff Reports
City Council members Monday put on hold a plan to arm public works investigators with Taser stun guns for protection in case they are attacked as they enforce illegal dumping laws. Amid liability concerns, the council's Public Safety Committee concluded that the Los Angeles Police Department needs to give employees more training on when and how to use Tasers before they are handed out.
August 11, 1990 | CAROL WATSON
The stun gun is an important tool for police protection and it is unfortunate that negative publicity led some officers to turn the devices in, Ventura Mayor Richard Francis said Friday. "Stun guns are important," he said. "That's why they were developed." Francis said Ventura Police Chief Richard F. Thomas told him that he was concerned because officers were turning in their stun guns.
December 8, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Cincinnati's mayor urged the city to buy stun guns for its police force in response to the death of a man following a struggle with six officers a week ago. "I am looking for any avenue to avoid another struggle," Mayor Charlie Luken wrote to City Council members, asking them to find $1 million to pay for the nonlethal weapons. Nathaniel Jones, 41, died Nov. 30 after the scuffle in a restaurant parking lot.
August 28, 2013 | By Jeremiah Dobruck
A Costa Mesa man who led police on a foot chase Sunday across the 55 Freeway in Santa Ana died after he suddenly stopped breathing during a scuffle with officers, Santa Ana police said. Raymond Runge, 44, died at Western Medical Center in Santa Ana on Monday morning, Santa Ana Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said Tuesday. The Orange County coroner's office did not report an exact time or cause of death. Officers were responding to an unrelated call at Hotel Terrace near the 55 when they saw Runge running without shoes through a parking lot and yelling, Bertagna said.
July 9, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - Californians with developmental disabilities who are cared for at state facilities are being put at risk by outdated policies and inadequate investigations of abuse, the state auditor's office said Tuesday. Allegations that residents have been raped, shot with stun guns and otherwise abused have not been acted on satisfactorily, auditors found. The California Department of Developmental Services cares for 1,480 severely disabled people in five facilities throughout the state.
May 29, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
Airport security officers uncovered a record 65 firearms on passengers boarding planes last week, surpassing the previous record high of 50 guns. The Transportation Security Administration reported 54 of the guns found at airport security checkpoints around the country were loaded and another 19 had rounds chambered. The guns ranged from a snub-nosed revolver uncovered at Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport, to a 9-millimeter handgun at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and a musket at Orlando International Airport.
April 25, 2013 | By Christie DZurilla
As if Justin Bieber's European escapades haven't been entertaining enough already, let's add ... a drug raid in Sweden! A strong smell of marijuana got authorities' attention Wednesday night when the bus was outside the Biebs' hotel before the Stockholm show, a police spokesman told the Associated Press. (The cops had been working crowd control to manage the screaming hordes that assembled outside the hotel, said the local paper Aftonbladet .) A special narcotics unit was summoned and the bus was searched while the show was in progress at the Globen arena.
December 25, 2012 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
Spear guns, inert grenades, stun guns and loaded 9mm handguns. The holidays bring no letup in the number of real and replica weapons that Transportation Security Administration officers uncover at airport checkpoints. But finding them is more of a challenge at this time of year with the swelling volume of bags, many filled with food and novelties. Take the Christmas lights made of real green and red shotgun shells that were recently discovered in a carry-on bag at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey.
July 11, 2012 | By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times
A federal appeals court Tuesday upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit against the manufacturer of Tasers, ruling the company had no duty to warn that repeated jolts from the stun guns could trigger death. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed unanimously that Arizona-based Taser International had no reason to advise police agencies in 2004 that the stun guns could cause metabolic acidosis, a condition in which lactic acid, produced during physical exertion, accumulates more quickly than the body can expel it. The condition raises the risk of a heart attack.
The parents of a 24-year-old psychiatric patient who died six weeks ago after being shocked repeatedly with stun guns have filed multimillion-dollar claims against the Ventura Police Department and the county hospital where their son was a patient. The wrongful-death claims, each of which seeks $2.5 million in damages, were sent by certified mail late Tuesday to both the city and the county by lawyers representing Clarence and Elviere Johnson of Oxnard. Their son, Duane J.
January 30, 1986 | KENNETH F. BUNTING, Times Staff Writer
Declaring that the Legislature "made a mistake," Assemblyman Steve Peace (D-Chula Vista) on Wednesday said he has drafted a bill to repeal a law enacted last year that allows teachers and other school employees to carry electronic stun guns on campus to protect themselves. Peace said the lawmakers were not aware last year that an amendment allowing teachers to use the battery-powered devices had been quietly added to the bill.
March 13, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
Villagers in Mount Sterling, Ohio, are outraged in the wake of a police officer's decision to use a stun gun on a 9-year-old boy -- but not necessarily for the reason you might think. The unfolding controversy began one week ago when a member of the village's part-time police force showed up at the home of Jared Perry. The 9-year-old is big for his age. He stands at least 5-foot-5- and weighs between 200 and 250 pounds, according to a police report obtained by the Columbus Dispatch.
October 17, 2011 | By Carol J. Williams, Times Staff Writer
Police used excessive force when they fired Tasers at a pregnant woman in Seattle and a victim of domestic abuse in Maui, a federal appeals court ruled Monday in a case that could influence how police handle those resisting arrest across the West. The ruling by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, sitting in a full 11-judge forum used to decide important questions of law, could prompt police forces to reexamine their rules and practices for the temporarily debilitating stun guns.
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