| Oct 19, 2011
| 2:42 PM
There’s a new report out by the New York Civil Liberties Union warning that police in that state are “consistently misusing and overusing Tasers.”
An NYCLU official said the organization’s study “shows that police officers...
| Nov 14, 2011
Those who have been through a Taser zap describe it has five seconds of pure pain, having 50-thousand volts of electricity pumped through the body.
But, it isn't just the public or suspects who are Tasered. For some in law enforcement it is a required...
| Dec 19, 2010
A mentally ill person who hasn't taken his medicine is brought to a hospital emergency department and begins cursing and throwing wild punches at nurses and doctors. Is that person a patient needing firm, appropriate health care or a potential criminal...
| Jun 26, 2012
| 6:54 PM
Modesto Police have a new way to keep an eye on crime and fellow officers. They’re small, light-weight, durable video cameras that attach to an officer’s lapel, helmet, or glasses and records the officer’s point of view.
The cameras are...
| Jul 24, 2012
Often, a story answers some questions and then leads to a few more.
In January, the Tribune published my story detailing a steep rise in police use of Tasers in the suburbs. Just after that story ran, I sat down with editors to brainstorm other...
| Jun 27, 2008
| 10:57 AM
With a push of a button, Carol Jara is ready to zap an attacker with her new stun gun.
She considered getting a handgun, but decided against it.
"I don't feel that comfortable thinking that I could kill someone," said Jara, 26, who lives in Miami and...
| 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...
| May 14, 2010
The city is offering record-setting $2 million settlement to the family of a mentally ill man who died after being shocked by a Taser, even though the police officer involved has not been cleared of wrongdoing, city officials said.
Fort Worth city...
| Jun 1, 2010
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson says a proposed city resolution that would call for a citywide boycott of businesses based in Arizona will be brought before the city council for consideration in two weeks.
The idea was brought before the city council...
| Jun 19, 2005
1974: Jack Cover invents the Thomas A. Swift Electronic Rifle, or Taser, in Arizona. The stun gun uses gunpowder to shoot darts trailed by wires connected to a power pack in the gun.
1991: Arizona brothers Rick and Tom Smith look for a nonlethal way...