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First-in-the-Nation CT Law Requires Police to File Use-of-Force Report After Firing Taser

In Connecticut, a new law just took effect which mandates that police fill out a use-of-force report after deploying a Taser on a suspect. According to The Stratford Star, Public Act 14-149, which went into effect on January 1 of this year, requires law enforcement officers to record the race and gender of each individual hit by a stun gun, as well as the number of times it was fired, the setting that was used while firing, and the injuries that it caused. Connecticut is the first state to pass a law requiring such reports each time a Taser is deployed.

Connecticut’s East Haven Police Department has served as a state-wide model on how to log Taser use-of-force reports, as it already implemented its own reforms as a part of a 2012 consent decree settlement with the Department of Justice. According to the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut, a December 2011 DOJ report stated that East Haven officers demonstrated “a pattern or practice of systematically discriminating against Latinos,” which prompted federal officials to recommend the new policies, which have been in force there since that time. Public Act 14-149 also stipulates that each Connecticut police department must adopt specific use-of-force policies for Taser deployments.

East Haven Police Chief Brent Larrabee described his department’s Taser rules to WNPR News, “In our case, they had a policy dating back to 2009, which was probably — at the time — just as good as it could be. But because of the circumstances here, we’ve certainly gone much farther and much more in depth, particularly about supervisory review, capturing all of the electronic data, storage of the electronic data, [and] mandating officers to make sure any time they use force, that a supervisor is there to investigate.”

The law requires that police download on-board data from the weapon itself after each use and mandates that all Taser deployments be posted online by the Office of Policy Management’s Criminal Justice Policy and Planning Division.

ACLU of Connecticut representative David McGuire described the new Taser reports in comments to WNPR News, “It’s a very thorough report. It goes through the person’s race, their age, their height, their weight; how the Taser was used; what mode it was used in; how many times it was fired; whether the person had an injury; whether medical assistance was provided.”

Though other states, counties, and municipalities are wrestling with the issue of use-of-force by police and may implement their own reforms in the near future, Connecticut is the first US state to enact such a clear policy on Taser use.

VIDEO: Woman Uses Stun Gun During Black Friday Brawl

Well, it’s Monday: Thanksgiving break is over and we’re all back to work. Many of us spent the long weekend putting ourselves into food comas and shopping for holiday gifts. As hard as it is to admit, there’s something fun about going out to the stores on Black Friday and being a part of the craziness — but often, things get out-of-hand.

Several Black Friday horror stories have surfaced in the last couple of days, but this one is especially shocking. A woman used a stun gun on another in Philadelphia’s Franklin Mills Mall.

The incident happened at about 2:30AM. Before the stun gun was used, the two women were fighting and punching each other.

Mike Napolitano, a witness to the event, said, “It started out, one couple was fighting with another couple. They had words, the guys got into a fight and then the girls. One couple, they were like a family  and all, with a young child in a stroller… One girl just brought out a taser.”

Napolitano recorded the incident and put it online. He continued, “Then security came over and I kinda left, you know, I was thinking, ‘God forbid if somebody has a gun or something.'”

The mall’s manager, John Ahle, said, “An isolated incident occurred in the early morning hours between two female shoppers, that was quickly stopped by our security team, and both women were escorted out of the mall. e are committed to the safety of our shoppers, retailers and employees and will not tolerate this unacceptable behavior.”

The stun gun happening wasn’t the only example of “unacceptable behavior” to happen on Black Friday. Several other events around the country resulted in arrests, injuries, and even a shooting.

When Black Friday turns violent, as it did in the Franklin Mills Mall, it seems that something must be done to curtail such behavior. How can violence be prevented without infringing on retailers’ ability to promote and sell — or without putting an armed cop on every corner?


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Unsettling Video Shows Cops Using Stun Gun On Suspect For 42 Seconds

Cops in Fredericksburg, VA, used a stun gun on 36-year-old Lantz Day for 42 seconds.

The incident was caught on tape by a witness and subsequently uploaded to YouTube:

At the beginning of the video, police are seen talking to a belligerent-seeming man, Lantz Day, lying on the sidewalk. Day then stands up and tries to flee the scene.

In an effort to stop him, a police officer uses a stun gun for an astounding 42 consecutive seconds. The entire time, Day can be heard screaming in pain while volts pass through his body.

Only after Day is cuffed does the officer release the stun gun trigger. “How hard was that, sir?” the officer asks Day.

The footage of the occurrence quickly went viral and Fredericksburg police immediately came under scrutiny. Now an internal investigation has been launched to determine if cops used too much force against Day.

A police report states that the incident took place after Day was involved in a car accident. He was a passenger in a vehicle that crashed into five parked cars. According to the report, the driver of the vehicle fled the scene and a belligerent Day threatened to hurt any witness who called for help. Police claim that when they arrived on the scene to question Day, he tried to run away. This is when the stun gun came into play to detain the suspect.

It is understandable that officers needed to detain Day — but using the stun gun for 42 seconds seems excessive to many.

Although Day was initially a suspect, it is easy to believe, based on the video, that he became a victim in this case.

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Policeman Unjustifiably Tasers 64-Year-Old Alzheimer’s Patient In His Nursing Home

A 64-year-old Alzheimer’s patient was the victim of police brutality in the very place that was intended to be his safe haven — a nursing home.

The aged man, James Howard, was allegedly acting unruly with nurses at his old folks’ home in Peru, Indiana on June 17, 2012. When Howard would not calm down, staff called the police.


Officer Doug Martin and his partner Officer Jeremy Brindle showed up on the scene shortly.

According to Courthouse News, Martin and Brindle entered Howard’s room to find the 64-year-old wearing no clothes except for socks. He was sitting on a chair and apparently would not cooperate with the officers.

Brindle tried to handcuff Howard, but Howard was able to escape his grip. Martin then screamed “Taser!” and tasered Howard for over 30 seconds.

Martin was fired for excessive force and conduct unbecoming an officer. He tried to take his firing to court, but ultimately lost.

Martin’s termination was upheld by the Indiana Court of Appeals.

As reported by Courthouse News, “‘Jumper testified that Martin had specifically been instructed – in the recertification presentation – on the increased risk of death or serious injury for exposure over 15 seconds, whether due to multiple applications or continuous cycling,’ Judge Lloyd Bailey wrote for a three-member panel. ‘Intervals to achieve compliance were very short, with only a two-second interval between the third and fourth deployments. Moreover, it is noteworthy that Howard was handcuffed after the third Taser application,’ Bailey added.”

Based on the information available, it seems Martin’s termination was justified. What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.