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May 17, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Police Commission agreed this week to issue Tasers equipped with small cameras to 55 officers for a test program after supervisors concluded that the recorded scene may be helpful in case of litigation. A report by the Firearms and Tactics Section also identified training concerns. Among those were the need for officers to learn not to cover the camera when holding the Taser with two hands, and the loss of picture when officers lower the Taser after use.
December 4, 2006 | Miguel Bustillo, Times Staff Writer
Fred Weary, a pro football player for the Houston Texans, was driving his maroon Chevy Impala SS last month when he was pulled over by police after failing to signal that he was changing lanes. What happened next is in dispute. Police say Weary was "verbally combative" and did not put his hands on his car when ordered. The 305-pound offensive lineman says he did what the officers told him.
November 22, 2006 | Rong-Gong Lin II, Times Staff Writer
Police officers on six UC campuses carry Taser guns, but UCLA appears to be alone in expressly allowing officers to stun not only violent suspects but those who are passively resisting their orders. In interviews Tuesday, top officials at university police departments across the state stressed that officers should be given discretion when using Tasers but said they thought the weapons should be used primarily against suspects who posed a physical risk.
August 26, 2006 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Despite lingering questions about the safety of Taser stun guns, the Ventura County Sheriff's Department is about to join a growing list of law enforcement agencies that have purchased the weapon for patrol officers. Chief Deputy Bruce McDowell, who oversees the department's training, said the decision to proceed with the $500,000 purchase of 500 Taser X26 devices was made after several years of research.
August 10, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A man who died after police shot him with a Taser stun gun was identified Wednesday as James Nunez, 27, of Santa Ana, police said. Nunez, who died after being chased about half a mile on foot and shot with the electric-shock device Tuesday, was wanted on a "no-bail" warrant for an unspecified narcotics violation, said Santa Ana Police Cmdr. Baltazar De La Riva. A small amount of what is believed to be methamphetamine was found in the van Nunez had been driving and in his clothes, he said.
August 9, 2006 | Garrett Therolf, Times Staff Writer
A man who ran away after being pulled over for a traffic violation died Tuesday when a Santa Ana police officer shot him with a stun gun, authorities said. The man was the first person to die in the city in 10 years after being hit with one of the guns, said Lt. Baltazar De La Riva, spokesman for the department. The gun manufacturer, Taser International, has come under scrutiny by the International Assn.
December 23, 2005 | From Associated Press
An Arizona jury rejected claims Thursday that Taser International Inc. failed to adequately warn users of its stun guns' potential dangers. The lawsuit, brought by an injured sheriff's deputy, was the first to go to trial among about three dozen personal injury, wrongful-death or excessive-use-of-force lawsuits that have been filed against Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Taser. A handful of other cases have been dismissed.
August 7, 2005 | From Associated Press
At least three California men died over the last week after being shot by police with Taser stun guns, prompting calls for restrictions on the widely used law-enforcement tool. Dwayne Zachary, 44, of Sacramento County died at Mercy San Juan Medical Center after he was shot several times with a stun gun during a fight with sheriff's deputies late Thursday night, authorities said.
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.
May 19, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A 55-year-old man arrested Monday on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance died Tuesday after being shocked twice with a Taser stun gun by San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies, authorities said. Leroy Pierson was seen acting strangely near an intersection, officials said, and was shocked when he became combative. He was taken to Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Fontana, where he died.
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