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Cop Who Tased Woman Is Fired Over 'Core Values'

Michael Oxford was let go from the Gwinnett County Police Department

(Newser) - A Georgia police officer has been fired after Tasing a Black woman during an arrest—but it wasn't the Tasing or the arrest that got him fired, NBC News reports. Gwinnett County Police said the officer, Michael Oxford, "violated our policy and did not meet our core values"... More »

2 Cops Charged With Murder in Oklahoma

Investigators say Jared Lakey was tased more than 50 times

(Newser) - Two Oklahoma police officers are charged with second-degree murder after allegedly using a Taser on a man more than 50 times. Jared Lakey, 28, died on July 6, 2019, two days after he confronted officers Joshua Taylor and Brandon Dingman in Wilson, per the Frontier . Taylor had responded to a... More »

Police Chief Decries 'Horrible' Use of Force on Black Man

Police officer Tyler Timberlake charged with assault after using stun gun on 'man in crisis'

(Newser) - A Virginia police officer was charged with misdemeanor assault and battery Saturday after being accused of using excessive force on a black man. The Fort Hunt Herald reports the incident took place Friday around 1:30pm in Mount Vernon, where an apparently disoriented victim—described by the Fairfax County Police... More »

Grandma's 70th Birthday Surprise: Cops Tase Her

Barbara Pinkney gets tased in Florida after cops came looking for her grandson

(Newser) - A Florida woman got an unpleasant surprise on her 70th birthday after cops came calling in search of her grandson. Per a probable cause affidavit cited by NBC News , Manatee County deputies showed up Thursday morning at the home of Barbara Pinkney in Bradenton looking for Tevin Turner, who was... More »

2 Kids Dead in Crash Involving Stolen Police SUV

Driver, accused in earlier stabbing, is hospitalized

(Newser) - "I've never seen anybody get Tased and not fall down immediately, let alone fight back with a police officer and take his vehicle." That's exactly what a witness described seeing Monday in Dayton, Ohio, before a crash that killed two children and left 10 others injured,... More »

'The Taser Failed': Report Digs Into a Troubling Phrase

Investigative piece finds police Tasers don't work nearly half the time

(Newser) - Look closely at reports on fatal police shootings, and you may see a phrase more often than you think: "The Taser failed." That's one of the observations from an investigative piece by American Public Media on police Tasers. Manufacturer Axon Enterprise, which has a monopoly on the... More »

She Left the US to Raise a Black Son. Then, the 'Inevitable'

Family demands answers in tasing death of Chinedu Okobi

(Newser) - When 72-year-old Amaka Okobi heard a black man had had a deadly encounter with police in Millbrae, Calif., she thought, "Oh God, I feel so bad for his mother." Only later did she learn the man was her own 36-year-old son, said to have been tased by at... More »

School Resource Officer Used Taser to Wake Student

Officer Maryssa Boskoski has been suspended without pay

(Newser) - A school resource officer in northeast Ohio who decided using her Taser was the best way to wake up a sleeping student has been suspended and could face criminal charges. Officer Maryssa Boskoski didn't actually jolt the student with thousands of volts of electricity, News5 reports, but she activated... More »

Cop to 11-Year-Old Girl: It 'Hurt My Heart' to Tase You

Internal review shows Kevin Brown violated department policy

(Newser) - "You know, sweetheart, this is why there aren't any grocery stores in the black community." That's what Cincinnati police officer Kevin Brown told an 11-year-old African-American girl moments after tasing her for allegedly shoplifting $53 worth of food and clothing from a Kroger on Aug. 6.... More »

Cops Tase 87-Year-Old Who Was Looking for Dandelions

Martha Al-Bishara is 87, doesn't speak English

(Newser) - After an elderly woman wouldn't leave the grounds of a Boys and Girls Club in rural Georgia last Friday, police were called—and the situation culminated with Martha Al-Bishara, 87, being tased. CNN reports the 911 caller described Al-Bishara as walking on the bike trails while holding a knife,... More »

Cincinnati Cop Tases Girl Accused of Stealing Food

Officer is on restricted duty amid investigation

(Newser) - A Cincinnati police officer is on restricted duty after using a Taser on an 11-year-old girl suspected of stealing food from a Kroger. "It's hard to understand why an 11-year-old would be tased. I expect answers in 24 hours," Vice Mayor Christopher Smitherman tells the Cincinnati Enquirer... More »

Video Shows 'Disturbing' Arrest of NBA Player

Cops disciplined for Sterling Brown incident

(Newser) - Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett has apologized to NBA player Sterling Brown for the "disturbing" way police treated him in a video released Wednesday. Police body-camera footage of the Jan. 26 arrest shows an officer becoming confrontational after finding the Milwaukee Bucks rookie's vehicle parked across two spots reserved... More »

Mom Accused of Unusual Way of Getting Son Up for Church

Cops say Arizona's Sharron Dobbins used a Taser on Easter Sunday to get her teen out of bed

(Newser) - It's not acceptable to use a Taser to get your child up for church, police say—even on Easter Sunday. Arizona mother Sharron Dobbins was arrested on suspicion of child abuse after allegedly using a stun gun on her 17-year-old son early Sunday morning, the Sacramento Bee reports. She... More »

Cops: Texas Woman Used Stun Gun on 5-Year-Old Son

'From zero to 10, it hurt 10,' he told police

(Newser) - Her lawyer says it was "discipline that went a little too far." Police say it was a felony. Houston woman Whitney White, 27, has been charged with felony injury to a child for abuse that included abusing her son with a stun gun when he was 5 years... More »

Police Raffle Has Shocking Grand Prize, Literally

An officer will be hit by a stun gun in Louisiana

(Newser) - A police union in Louisiana is raffling off a grand prize that is raising eyebrows: the use of a stun gun on one of its officers, per the AP . DeRidder Police Chief John Gott says officers themselves suggested one of their own be stunned April 15 to raise funds for... More »

A Name Change for Taser, Free Body Cams for Cops

Newly branded Axon offering police departments trial run for cameras, software

(Newser) - Does this mean we now have to say a suspect was "Axoned"? In a rebranding move meant to put some distance between the Taser International company and its famous stun gun, the firm is changing its name, Reuters reports. Although CEO Rick Smith says his team is "... More »

Cops Fulfill Teen's Odd Bucket List Wish

After leukemia returned, Alyssa Elkins decided she wanted to fire a Taser

(Newser) - When Alyssa Elkins sat down with her eight siblings to write a bucket list, she thought about a video she'd seen of her uncle being struck by a Taser during his training with the Ohio State Highway Patrol. She added firing a Taser to the list, partly as a... More »

Study Finds Another Reason to Be Wary of Tasers

They could lead to false confessions, researchers say

(Newser) - People have died after being Tased , and now a new study finds another reason to be wary of Tasers: The weapons may lead to false confessions. Criminology researchers actually found 142 people willing to be Tased—most of them were college students, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports—and then used... More »

Every Chicago Cop Will Soon Carry a Taser

Mayor Rahm Emanuel changing policy after high-profile shootings

(Newser) - Today, about 20% of Chicago police officers have a Taser on hand when responding to calls. By June 1, that figure will be up to 100% with each officer trained in how to use the devices, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office says, per CNN . The changes in policy also will... More »

FBI: We're Going to Start Counting Deaths by Cop Better

New system will list deadly encounters by gun, Taser, physical force

(Newser) - The FBI is finally on the case: The agency is revamping its data-collection system to more accurately portray how many deaths come at the hands of police officers each year, the Guardian reports, giving itself a pat on the back as part of the impetus behind the initiative. Officials say... More »

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