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November 18, 2001 | ALISA BLACKWOOD, ASSOCIATED PRESS
When his brother's two football buddies were killed in a drive-by shooting a decade ago, Tom Smith and his brother began thinking more seriously about how to protect themselves and their family from violent criminals. Tom and Rick Smith's father was frequently out of town and they knew their mother wouldn't feel comfortable having a gun in the house.
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May 12, 2011 | By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
A 43-year-old man died after San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies used a Taser gun to subdue him after a traffic stop, authorities said Wednesday. A deputy attempted to stop Allen Kephart, a disc jockey and teacher's assistant from Crest Park, after he allegedly ran a stop sign about 3:15 p.m. Tuesday on California 189 in Blue Jay, said Cindy Bachman, a Sheriff's Department spokeswoman. Kephart pulled into a Valero gas station parking lot about a quarter of a mile away, got out of the car and "became combative and uncooperative" with the deputy, Bachman said.
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NEWS
April 22, 1991
An east Pasadena man who allegedly threatened sheriff's deputies with a knife died of a heart attack Sunday after being subdued with an electric shock from a Taser gun, authorities said. Doug L. Danville, 47, suffered a heart attack at his apartment in the 300 block of South Sierra Madre Boulevard, but paramedics resuscitated him and took him to St. Luke Medical Center in Pasadena where he died just after 2 p.m., Sgt. Lee Smith said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 2009 | Elaine Woo
Jack Cover, an aerospace scientist who invented the Taser stun gun -- a device used by thousands of law enforcement agencies to subdue unruly offenders with electrical shocks -- has died. He was 88. Cover had Alzheimer's disease and died of pneumonia Saturday at the Golden West Retirement Home in Mission Viejo, said his wife, Ginny. Trained as a nuclear physicist, Cover spent most of his career working in aerospace and defense industries.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 1992
A Gardena police lieutenant who has been fired from the force pleaded not guilty Thursday to illegally using a Taser stun gun to assault a prisoner, authorities said. Jeffrey Finley, 40, was one of six officers who struggled with Richard Marone, a 6-foot-4, 240-pound man who had been arrested during a domestic dispute last October, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Eloise Phillips. Marone struggled while being arrested but never attempted to hit or swing at the officers, Phillips said.
NEWS
December 10, 1985 | ALLAN PARACHINI, Times Staff Writer
The Taser gun--which electrically stuns its victims--has established itself as a reasonably safe weapon for police, but the nation's emergency physicians remain significantly unaware of the device and what it can do to its victims, a Los Angeles expert contends. Writing in a respected national journal, the Annals of Emergency Medicine, Dr. Eric Koscove said the Taser is in use or undergoing tests by more than 350 law enforcement agencies. More than 10,000 of the weapons have been sold.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 2005 | Ammara Durrani, Times Staff Writer
Five San Jose police officers have been placed on leave while the Police Department investigates the death of a man who was shot with a Taser stun gun, pepper-sprayed and struck with a baton during a struggle with police. Police said the incident began Monday morning when the man kicked in the door of a condominium. The resident did not know the man and chased him to a convenience store, where the two men, whose identities were being withheld, fought.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 29, 1985
A 35-year-old man died at County-USC Medical Center about three hours after Los Angeles police used electronic Taser guns to subdue him, investigators reported Wednesday. It was the fourth death of someone struck with a Taser gun dart fired by Los Angeles police in the last two years. In the three previous cases, the deaths were attributed to heart failure. In one of those three, the coroner's office said, the Taser's high-voltage shock may have contributed to the man's death.
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November 16, 2001 | Times Wire Reports
United Airlines said Thursday it will install stun guns in the cockpits of all its planes. United also said it is starting a special training program for flight attendants, aimed at both self-protection and assisting passengers. It gave no details. The nation's second-biggest carrier said it will install Taser stun guns, which fire a temporarily disabling charge, in electronically coded lock boxes. Pilots will be trained in how to use the devices.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 1, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Chico police officers are learning how to use a new weapon. The department has purchased two Taser "stun guns," which it hopes will help cut down on physical confrontations between officers and suspects, Police Chief Bruce Hagerty announced. The yellow pistol-shaped devices stun victims with a low-amperage, 50,000-volt charge that temporarily disrupts the body's central nervous system. Police say they are capable of bringing a suspect instantly under control.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 2009 | Tami Abdollah
The ACLU has asked the Orange County Sheriff's Department to restrict the use of Tasers in most cases, saying hundreds of people have died nationally after being shocked by the stun guns during encounters with police. The American Civil Liberties Union delivered a sharply worded 10-page letter to Sheriff Sandra Hutchens on Tuesday, urging her to limit the department's use of Tasers to incidents in which there is a threat of "death or serious bodily injury."
WORLD
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.
WORLD
November 16, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Canada ordered a review of Taser use after graphic video showed police officers using the stun guns against an unarmed Polish immigrant, who died soon afterward. The video, taken Oct. 14 by a bystander, showed Robert Dziekanski shrieking in agony when he was hit at Vancouver International Airport. Officers could then be seen kneeling on him.
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October 31, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A University of Florida student stunned by a police Taser and arrested after his fervent videotaped outburst at an event with Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) won't be formally charged if he stays out of trouble for 18 months, prosecutors said in Gainesville. Andrew Meyer's shout of "Don't Tase me, bro!" was ignored by campus police but helped make video clips of the 21-year-old being dragged from a microphone an Internet sensation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 16, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
An Orange County Jail inmate who died after being subdued with a stun gun was identified Monday as Michael Patrick Lass. Lass, 28, died Friday after guards shocked him with a Taser when he allegedly became combative. He had been arrested for drinking in public Wednesday and was due to be released Saturday. Though Lass had no known address, authorities said, his father lives in Trabuco Canyon. The incident is being investigated by the district attorney's office.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 2007 | David Haldane, Times Staff Writer
A 28-year-old transient incarcerated at Orange County Jail for drinking in public has died after being subdued with a stun gun, authorities said Saturday. "He was scheduled to be released today," said Damon Micalizzi, a spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's Department. The man's name was withheld pending notification of relatives. The death was the county's second associated with a Taser gun in a little more than a month. Micalizzi said the incident occurred about 12:45 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
NEWS
August 29, 1985 | ERIC MALNIC, Times Staff Writer
A 35-year-old man died at County-USC Medical Center Tuesday about three hours after Los Angeles police used electronic Taser guns in an attempt to subdue him, investigators reported Wednesday. Police said they were called to an apartment house on New Hampshire Avenue by residents who complained that a fellow tenant had been acting strangely--kneeling in a hallway, stabbing at the carpeting.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 2007 | Jennifer Delson, Times Staff Writer
Orange County sheriff's deputies on Tuesday defended their decision to use a stun gun on a 15-year-old autistic boy who ran away from his parents and later dashed into traffic. Using the Taser in this case "was the right thing to do," said Jim Amormino, a sheriff's spokesman. "If that were your son, would you want him Tased or hit by a car? The deputy made the right decision. . . . It could have saved [the boy's] life."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 26, 2007 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
A Simi Valley man who was shocked with a Taser during a confrontation with police died this week, and authorities said Friday that an investigation into his death is continuing. A cause of death for Raymundo Guerrero Garcia, 31, who died at a local hospital Wednesday night, will not be released until toxicology tests are completed, which could take up to four months, said Craig Stevens, a Ventura County senior deputy medical examiner.
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