| Sep 5, 2013
| 3:01 PM
Stun guns, many sold under the trade name Taser, are used by police departments as supposedly non-lethal alternatives to firearms for subduing suspects. But as a Sept. 2 incident in New Britain showed once again, the use of a stun gun can indeed involve...
| Sep 3, 2013
| 2:03 PM
Thirteen dead in eight years. That's the body count since 2005/ for Connecticut people who have died after being shocked by police Tasers, with the latest fatality coming in New Britain this Labor Day weekend.
Law enforcement officials and spokesmen for...
| Dec 14, 2012
| 1:16 PM
A man who died after police twice used a Taser on him had been shouting and acting erratically moments before officers arrested him near his mother's home in the West Pullman neighborhood on the Far South Side, according to a neighbor.
| Apr 9, 2013
| 2:35 PM
The NAACP calls it a civil rights issue. An activist for the disabled fears for the safety of people with cognitive and psychiatric problems. A scientist is convinced of the risk of death. And the ACLU has a list of possible Connecticut victims.
| Nov 10, 2010
| 1:36 PM
How often do you get to see video of a 6-foot-4 naked jogger in swimming goggles getting stunned by a Taser?
A tiny digital camera attached to an officer's electronic weapon and used by fewer than a dozen law-enforcement agencies in Florida now makes...
| Jul 20, 2012
| 8:34 AM
Police departments in Chicago and the suburbs have embraced the Taser, a device marketed as a tool to reduce shootings by officers.
The weapons' manufacturer contends that if officers can use electric shocks to prevent dangerous situations from...
| Jan 1, 2012
The traffic stop began peacefully three hours into New Year's Day 2010, with the woman driving the SUV telling the officer that she hadn't been drinking and her husband merrily exclaiming he was the source of the alcohol smell.
But the situation soured...
| May 10, 2011
| 2:00 PM
A Waterbury man died earlier this month after being hit with a police stun gun. In Middletown, a state investigation recently exonerated police in the May 2010 death of a man who died following 34 shocks by a Taser weapon.
State lawmakers had been...
| Jan 14, 2011
It is hard for Marcus Hardin to even talk about what happened to his grandson outside a Fort Worth bar almost three years ago, when Marcus Swiat was taken into custody by officers, who deployed a taser.
"Tasers are torture," Hardin said.
Swiat was tased...
| May 10, 2012
| 10:50 AM
The Connecticut Police Chiefs Association has routinely opposed any statewide regulation or standards over police use of Tasers, despite growing concerns across the nation about the potential for misuse of cop stun guns.
A new medical study published...
| Jun 13, 2012
| 11:13 AM
A complaint filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court alleges that officers from four police departments contributed to the death of 61-year-old Robert Neill of Mount Joy by stunning him multiple times with Tasers when responding to Neill’s early-...