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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Authorities say a San Fernando police officer shot and killed a man wielding a tree branch after a Taser failed to subdue him. Officers from the San Fernando Police Department went to the 900 block of Truman Street early Thursday morning "regarding a possible battery assault call for service," according to the   Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department , which is assisting in the investigation. When the officers arrived about 5:40 a.m., authorities said the suspect attacked at least one of them with a large tree branch.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Police said officers shot and wounded a man who charged at them with a 24-inch sword in South Los Angeles. The confrontation took place around 4:30 p.m. Thursday after the officers responded to a radio call regarding an assault with a deadly weapon in the 6600 block of South Main Street , the Los Angeles Police Department said. The officer fired a Taser at the suspect, but that failed to stop him, an LAPD spokeswoman said.  At least one officer opened fire. The suspect was taken to a hospital, where he was listed in stable condition.
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NEWS
December 14, 2011 | By Manuel Gamiz Jr., Of The Morning Call
The mother of a 14-year-old Dieruff High School student has filed a federal lawsuit claiming an Allentown police officer used excessive force when he shot her daughter in the groin with a stun gun during class dismissal in September. Victoria Geist says her daughter, Keshana Wilson, had her arms raised high to indicate she surrendered when officer Jason Ammary pointed a Taser at her on Sept. 29 outside the high school and fired, according to the lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court by attorney Richard J. Orloski.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 2014 | By Rong-Gong Lin II
A suspect armed with a knife was fatally shot by Los Angeles police officers responding to a report of a man with a deadly weapon in East Hollywood, police said Sunday.  Police responded about 3:45 p.m. to Sunset and Hobart boulevards after a call for help, said LAPD Officer Sally Madera. LAPD Cmdr. Dennis Kato said officers arrived at the 99 Cent Store on the 5200 block of West Sunset Boulevard to find a man with a knife outside the store, according to a KTLA-TV Channel 5 report.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy shot at a "suspicious pedestrian" in Paramount over the weekend before using a Taser on the man, authorities said. The shooting in the 7300 block of Alondra Boulevard occurred at about 4:25 p.m. Sunday shortly the deputy tried to make contact with the man, who authorities said appeared to be under the influence of drugs. Homicide Report: Tracking killings in L.A. County When the deputy approached, the man made a "quick movement" that made the deputy believe he was reaching for a weapon, Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Kim Manatt  told KTLA . The deputy then "fired rounds at the suspect," Manatt said.
BUSINESS
January 1, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Taser International Inc., the largest stun-gun maker, defeated an appeal by a sheriff's officer who claimed the company was liable for injuries he suffered when he was shocked in a training exercise. Samuel Powers, then 44, was hurt in 2002 when he volunteered to be shot with the Taser, which delivers a temporarily disabling electric shock through a wire. A state appeals court in Phoenix denied a request for a new trial by Powers, who said he suffered a broken back because Taser didn't warn of the weapon's risk.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 2012 | By Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times
A Los Angeles police officer shocked a handcuffed woman with a Taser stun gun while joking with other officers at the scene, according to interviews and law enforcement records, adding to a series of controversial use-of-force incidents at the LAPD. Officer Jorge Santander then appeared to lie about the December 2010 incident repeatedly in written reports. The three other LAPD officers who witnessed Santander stun the woman all corroborated his version of events when first questioned and failed to tell supervisors that one officer had recorded a video of the encounter, the records show.
OPINION
March 5, 2009
Re "Officer's use of Taser on 12-year-old investigated," March 2 This article mentions the use of Tasers on small children. But a 5-foot-7, 130-to 150-pound 12-year-old male, like the one involved in the Hawthorne incident, is not a small child. This student had already inflicted physical harm on adults trying to restrain him. The use of mace and rubber bullets is also not without hazards. So what other choice did the police officer have? The topic that should be debated is the practice of placing violent autistic students in regular classrooms.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 2010 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
A former transit officer on trial in the fatal shooting of a passenger at an Oakland BART station received six hours of training on the use of a Taser, the state minimum, a defense witness testified Wednesday. The official also testified that then-Officer Johannes Mehserle was warned of the dangers of confusing his handgun with his Taser — which is what Mehserle's lawyers insist happened in the New Year's Day 2009 shooting at the Fruitvale transit platform. Officer Stewart Lehman, who conducted Taser training for the Bay Area Rapid Transit police, told jurors that Mehserle received a couple of hours of hands-on experience but was able to discharge a Taser only on a limited basis.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc and Ruben Vives
The city of Long Beach will pay $380,000 to a man who was Tasered and beaten with flashlights by police when he asked for a badge number. A jury found that officers had arrested Perry Grays without probable cause and used excessive and unreasonable force against him, and awarded him $441,000. On Tuesday, the City Council approved the negotiated settlement amount and said it would not appeal the verdict. Grays, a married father of three who worked as a security guard, filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city and five officers who responded to a noise complaint at his home on Feb. 6, 2011.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
A use-of-force trainer testified Tuesday that the actions of two Fullerton police officers charged in the 2011 beating death of Kelly Thomas were acting within the department's policies. Manuel Ramos is charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the death. Jay Cicinelli is charged with involuntary manslaughter and excessive force. A 33-minute video of the altercation, synced with audio from devices worn by Fullerton police that night, shows officers repeatedly striking Thomas with batons and a Taser.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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....
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A 34-year-old man allegedly under the influence of PCP battled several officers in "hand-to-hand combat" before he was shot with a Taser and arrested, Fontana police said Tuesday afternoon. The incident began Monday morning when Mario Granados allegedly tried to stab a man with a sharp object near Etiwanda Avenue and Santa Ana Street and then left the scene, according to the Fontana Police Department. An officer spotted Granados nearby and confronted the suspect, who "began to advance towards the officer," Sgt. Doug Imhof said in a statement.  The officer struck Granados in the legs with a baton but the blows "had no affect on him," according to police.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 27, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A carjacking suspect who allegedly pointed a gun at the car's occupant was shot with Tasers by deputies in Lancaster, authorities said Wednesday. The suspect and an accomplice were taken into custody by deputies who recovered guns, ammunition and black masks from the pair, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The incident began Tuesday afternoon when the two suspects were in a vehicle and one of them pointed a gun at deputies. The deputies began pursuing the vehicle, which stopped at a cul-de-sac.  The suspect who allegedly pointed the gun at the deputies was taken into custody, but the driver carjacked a vehicle.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
Homicide detectives are investigating an officer-involved shooting Sunday after a sheriff's deputy shot a 57-year-old man who authorities say was “incoherent and foaming at the mouth.” Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies responded to a call reporting a disturbance at a business in the 16400 block of Woodruff Avenue in Bellflower around 1:30 a.m. Sunday, a news release said. When deputies arrived, they were confronted by a middle-aged man who was “incoherent and foaming at the mouth,” according to the news release.
NATIONAL
August 22, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A former Winnfield police officer accused of repeatedly jolting a handcuffed man with a Taser before he died pleaded not guilty to manslaughter. Scott Nugent, 21, remains free on $45,000 bond. He faces up to 45 years in prison if convicted in the death of Baron Pikes, 21.
NEWS
July 10, 1986
The electronic Taser gun that Pomona police used to subdue a 35-year-old Upland man during a scuffle two months ago contributed to the man's death, according to a report issued by the Los Angeles County coroner's office. Anthony M. Williams III, who died May 9 after he was struck with the gun's 50,000-volt darts, died as a result of "cardiac arrest following Taser stimulation while under the influence of cocaine," said coroner's spokesman Bill Gold.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
The city of Madera has settled a federal civil rights lawsuit over an incident in which a police officer shot and killed a man after she mistakenly pulled her gun instead of a Taser. Everado Torres, 24, was handcuffed and in the back of a police cruiser on Oct. 27, 2002, after police had gone to quell a loud party. Torres was arrested on suspicion of battery on an officer and resisting police, according to the  Fresno Bee . While he was inside the patrol car, Torres was combative and kicking the doors and windows when Madera police officer Marcy Noriega told him to stop.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy shot at a "suspicious pedestrian" in Paramount over the weekend before using a Taser on the man, authorities said. The shooting in the 7300 block of Alondra Boulevard occurred at about 4:25 p.m. Sunday shortly the deputy tried to make contact with the man, who authorities said appeared to be under the influence of drugs. Homicide Report: Tracking killings in L.A. County When the deputy approached, the man made a "quick movement" that made the deputy believe he was reaching for a weapon, Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Kim Manatt  told KTLA . The deputy then "fired rounds at the suspect," Manatt said.
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