| 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...
| Feb 13, 2009
Jack Cover, an aerospace scientist who invented the Taser stun gun -- a device used by thousands of law enforcement agencies to subdue unruly offenders with electrical shocks -- has died. He was 88.
Cover had Alzheimer's disease and died of pneumonia...
| Aug 13, 2008
| 6:09 PM
Ruling in a racially explosive case that some forensic experts have described as police torture, a grand jury in the small Louisiana town of Winnfield indicted a white police officer Wednesday on charges of manslaughter and official malfeasance for...
| 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...
| Jul 19, 2008
| 5:52 PM
At 1:28 p.m. last Jan. 17, Baron "Scooter" Pikes was a healthy 21-year-old man. By 2:07 p.m., he was dead.
What happened in the 39 minutes in between--during which Pikes was handcuffed by local police and shocked nine times with a Taser device, while...
| 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 9, 2010
| 3:32 PM
A man was dead Wednesday after a fatal encounter with Hempstead Police, and now his family wants to see major changes in police weapon utilization.
Local civil rights activist Quannel X has met with the suspect's parents and wife. They are claiming...
| Jun 16, 2010
The Sacramento City Council voted Tuesday night to place economic sanctions against Arizona companies as a response to Arizona's immigration laws.
This includes forbidding city workers from going to Arizona on the city's dime and boycotting companies...
| Feb 24, 2010
| 8:28 AM
San Diego Police Department goes high tech with a device showing an officer's eye view.
A new pilot program was launched on Tuesday and nine patrol officers in the mid city area will mount cameras on their heads.
"If it's close to your head, than you...
| Oct 29, 2008
An autopsy report claims the death of a man being detained by metropolitan police was a homicide. The report also cites cocaine and the use of a taser as contributing factors to Orlando Braynt's death.
"I think that the Marion County Prosecutor's office...