Taser News

Taser Reports 15 People Have Caught Fire After Being Stunned

The maker of Tasers said Monday that at least 15 people have caught fire, and five have died, after being stunned while near flammable materials, similar to an Oklahoma man who was burned beyond recognition after he was shocked and …

Taser Looks Beyond the Stun Gun to Cop Cams

That was the dare Taser International laid down at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in 1998, and hundreds of people lined up. Taser, today the stun gun supplier to America’s police, was still struggling back then, and auto …

Louisiana Parish Approves Police Body Cameras

Terrebonne Parish Council has approved buying body cameras for all Houma police officers. Chief Todd Duplantis called it a win-win situation. As part of the purchase of 84 body cameras, the council approved on Monday a five-year, $125,470 technology contract …

Missouri Man Wins $50,000 in Police Taser Lawsuit

A 24-year-old Columbia, Mo., man has received $50,000 to settle a lawsuit against the city police department and two officers over their stun gun use. The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that Cadilac Derrick settled his federal civil suit earlier this …

Police to Pay Vermont Man $7,000 Over Taser Complaint

The Vermont State Police have paid $7,000 to settle a complaint about the use of a Taser on an uncooperative man with Down syndrome and other disabilities. The money is going to 23-year-old Timothy Bernier of Coventry. The Burlington Free …

Man Dies After San Leandro, Calif. Police Use Stun Gun

San Leandro police say a man who resisted arrest outside a fast-food restaurant died after officers shot him with a Taser stun gun. Sgt. Doug Calcagno says around 11:30 p.m. Sunday two officers responded to a call about a man …

Texas City Officials Settle Taser Suit for $25,000

Arlington city officials have settled a lawsuit for $25,000 after a police officer mistakenly used a Taser twice while pursuing the wrong man. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the lawsuit stemmed from the March police pursuit of a stolen …

North Carolina Family Awarded $10M in Taser Lawsuit

A federal jury awarded $10 million this week to the family of a North Carolina teenager who died after a police officer shocked him with a Taser at the grocery store where he worked, according to court documents. The jury …

Indiana Judge Dismisses Former Deputy’s Taser Lawsuit

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a former central Indiana sheriff’s deputy fired for refusing to be shocked with a Taser gun as part of his mandatory training. Ray Robert had sought reinstatement, back wages and punitive damages …