| 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...
| Sep 19, 2012
| 11:40 AM
The King County Council unanimously approved Monday measures recommended by two reviews of how the King County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) addresses misconduct allegation, citizen complaints, and appropriate use of force.
The council's vote enacts...
| Sep 18, 2012
| 3:16 PM
In a lawsuit filed Tuesday
morning in federal court in Philadelphia the family of Robert Neill, of Lancaster County, accused police of using excessive force which led to his untimely death.
It began on November 6, 2010, at 4 o'clock in the morning when...
| 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-...
| 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...
| 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...