Grim Statistics – Taser Deaths Keep Rising

This week brought yet another death after tasering of an unarmed person. On August 10th, Kiethedric Hines, 31, of Rockford Illinois died after being tasered by police. His death is the 2nd death after tasering in the City of Rockford in less that two months* and that has some people (finally) questioning the city’s use of tasers.

Interestingly even though the preliminary autopsy results did not establish that a heart attack killed Hines Winnebago County Coroner Sue Fiduccia raised the taser safety issue.

The two recent taser-related deaths have some wondering if tasers are the answer. “If it was only one this year, you might’ve thought it was just the person.” That’s why she thinks the department should really think twice about using the weapons to slow people down. “I think they need to reassess the thing as to the strength and what it’s doing to people.” Rockford Man Dies After Being Tased By Police, WREX

Given Taser International’s successful legal challenge to an Ohio coroners finding linking tasering to death one wonders whether the coroner’s opinion was affected in any way by the threat of litigation from giant Taser International.

The Death March

Since Ohioan Kevin Piskura’s tasering and death on April 25th, in North America alone, 6 9 10 11 14 20 27 (updated August 12th), more people have died after being tasered:

340. April 24, 2008: Kevin Piskura, 24, Cincinnati, Ohio
341. April 24, 2008: Dewayne Chatt, 39, Memphis, Tennessee
342. April 27, 2008: Paul Thompson, 24, Greensboro, North Carolina
343. April 28, 2008: Jermaine Ward, 28, Jackson, Tennessee
344. May 4, 2008: Joe Kubat, 21, St. Paul, Minnesota
345. May 6, 2008: James S. Wilson, 22, Alton, Missouri
346. May 28, 2008: Ricardo Manuel Abrahams, 44, Woodland, California
347. May 31, 2008: Robert Ingram, 27, Raceland, Louisiana
348. June 5, 2008: Willie Maye, 43, Birmingham, Alabama
349. June 6, 2008: Donovan Graham, 39, Meriden, Connecticut
350. June 8, 2008: Quintrell T. Brannon, 25, Vincennes, Indiana
351. June 9, 2008: Tony Curtis Bradway, 26, Brooklyn, New York
352. June 23, 2008: Jeffrey Marreel, 36, Norfolk, Ontario
353. June 24, 2008: Ernest Graves, 26, Rockford, Illinois
354. June 27, 2008: Nicholas Cody, 27, Dothan, Alabama
355. July 2, 2008: Isaac Bass, 34, Louisville, Kentucky
356. July 4, 2008: Othello Pierre, 23, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
357. July 8, 2008: Samuel DeBoise, 29, St. Louis, Missouri
358. July 8, 2008: Carlos Vargas, 42, San Bernardino, California
359. July 14, 2008: Marion Wilson Jr., 52, Houston, Texas
360. July 14, 2008: Deshoun Keyon Torrence, 18, Long Beach, California
361. July 22, 2008: Michael Langan, 17, Winnipeg, Manitoba
362. July 23, 2008: Richard Smith, 46, Dallas, Texas
363. July 26, 2008: Anthony Davidson, Statesville, 29, North Carolina
364. August 4, 2008: Jerry Jones, 45, Beaumont, Texas
365. August 4, 2008: Andre Thomas, 37, Swissvale, Pennsylvania
366. August 2, 2008: Lawrence Rosenthal, 54, Hemet, California
367. August 10, 2008: Kiethedric Hines, 31, Rockford, Illinois

via Truth Not Tasers

Why you should care

In the future, in lieu of a boarding pass you may be given, and required to wear, a “safety bracelet that would serve as a stun device...” Yes you read that correctly – you, your child, your elderly parent, your teenager may be required to wear a stun device to fly.

Have you, or someone you love, ever been agitated or upset or frustrated at the airport? Consider the newly released TSA guidelines on search of electronic devices without cause for suspicion and consider that some TSA person could, without cause, grab your laptop, phone or ipod, and NEVER give it back. You would be upset yes? Maybe you would start walking towards them in an angry upset manner.

Before you do think.

There is, on average, a death a week in North America related to the use of tasers/stun devices. Given the potential that you may have to wear one to fly – are you really comfortable that they are safe, excuse me, less lethal?

I’m not.

* Ernest Graves, 29, died on June 2 (less than 2 months ago) after he was tasered by police responding to a domestic disturbance.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Trackback: The Tragic Death of Kevin Piskura - One Year Later the Taser Death March Continues « Five Husbands
  2. Patti Gillman
    Dec 03, 2009 @ 21:59:49

    Kevin’s death was #358 – we’re now up to #458!

    358. April 24, 2008: Kevin Piskura, 24, Cincinnati, Ohio
    359. April 24, 2008: Dewayne Chatt, 39, Memphis, Tennessee
    360. April 27, 2008: Paul Thompson, 24, Greensboro, North Carolina
    361. April 28, 2008: Jermaine Ward, 28, Jackson, Tennessee
    362. May 4, 2008: Joe Kubat, 21, St. Paul, Minnesota
    363. May 6, 2008: James S. Wilson, 22, Alton, Missouri
    364. May 28, 2008: Ricardo Manuel Abrahams, 44, Woodland, California
    365. May 31, 2008: Robert Ingram, 27, Raceland, Louisiana
    366. June 5, 2008: Willie Maye, 43, Birmingham, Alabama
    367. June 6, 2008: Donovan Graham, 39, Meriden, Connecticut
    368. June 8, 2008: Quintrell T. Brannon, 25, Vincennes, Indiana
    369. June 9, 2008: Tony Curtis Bradway, 26, Brooklyn, New York
    370. June 23, 2008: Jeffrey Marreel, 36, Norfolk, Ontario
    371. June 24, 2008: Ernest Graves, 26, Rockford, Illinois
    372. June 27, 2008: Nicholas Cody, 27, Dothan, Alabama
    373. July 2, 2008: Isaac Bass, 34, Louisville, Kentucky
    374. July 4, 2008: Othello Pierre, 23, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    375. July 8, 2008: Samuel DeBoise, 29, St. Louis, Missouri
    376. July 8, 2008: Carlos Vargas, 42, San Bernardino, California
    377. July 14, 2008: Marion Wilson Jr., 52, Houston, Texas
    378. July 14, 2008: Deshoun Keyon Torrence, 18, Long Beach, California
    379. July 22, 2008: Michael Langan, 17, Winnipeg, Manitoba
    380. July 23, 2008: Richard Smith, 46, Dallas, Texas
    381. July 26, 2008: Anthony Davidson, Statesville, 29, North Carolina
    382. August 4, 2008: Jerry Jones, 45, Beaumont, Texas
    383. August 4, 2008: Andre Thomas, 37, Swissvale, Pennsylvania
    384. August 2, 2008: Lawrence Rosenthal, 54, Hemet, California
    385. August 10, 2008: Kiethedric Hines, 31, Rockford, Illinois
    386. August 15, 2008: Kenneth Oliver, 45, Miami, Florida
    387. August 25, 2008: Ronald Adkisson, 59, Creston, Iowa
    388. August 29, 2008: Stanley James Harlan, 23, Moberly, Missouri
    389. September 3, 2008: Prince Swayzer, 38, San Jose, California
    390. September 3, 2008: Andy Tran, 32, Garden Grove, California
    391. September 11, 2008: Roney Wilson, 46, Hillsborough, Florida
    392. September 17, 2008: Sean Reilly, 42, Mississauga, Ontario
    393. September 19, 2008: Gabriel Bitterman, 23, Lincoln, Nebraska
    394. September 25, 2008: Iman Morales, 35, New York, New York
    395. September 30, 2008: Frank Frachette, 49, Langley, BC
    396. October 1, 2008: Jose Anibal Amaro, 45, Orange County, Florida
    397. October 18, 2008: Homer Taylor, 39, Chicago, Illinois
    398. October 29, 2008: Trevor Grimolfson, 38, Edmonton, Alberta
    399. October 31, 2008: Marlon Oliver Acevedo, 35, Riverside, California
    400. November 2, 2008: Gordon Walker Bowe, 30, Calgary, Alberta
    401. November 3, 2008: Adren Maurice Turner, 44, Mexia, Texas
    402. November 10, 2008: Guy James Fernandez, 42, Santa Rosa, California
    403. December 3, 2008: Leroy Hughes, 52, Covington, Kentucky
    404. December 9, 2008: Quincy Smith, 24, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    405. December 19, 2008: Edwin Rodriguez, 26, San Jose, California
    406. December 21, 2008: Nathan Vaughn, 39, Santa Rosa, California
    407. December 24, 2008: Mark Green, 46, Houston, Texas
    408. January 8, 2009: Derrick Jones, 17, Martinsville, Virginia
    409. January 11, 2009: Rodolfo Lepe, 31, Bakersfield, California
    410. January 22, 2009: Roger Redden, 52, Soddy Daisy, Tennessee
    411. February 2, 2009: Garrett Jones, 45, Stockton, California
    412. February 11, 2009: Richard Lua, 28, San Jose, California
    413. February 13, 2009: Rudolph Byrd, Age Unknown, Thomas County, Florida
    414. February 13, 2009: Michael Jones, 43, Iberia, Louisiana
    415. February 14, 2009: Chenard Kierre Winfield, 32, Los Angeles, California
    416. February 28, 2009: Robert Lee Welch, 40, Conroe, Texas
    417. March 22, 2009: Brett Elder, 15, Bay City, Michigan
    418. March 26, 2009: Marcus D. Moore, 40, Freeport, Illinois
    419. April 1, 2009: John J. Meier Jr., 48, Tamarac, Florida
    420. April 6, 2009: Ricardo Varela, 41, Fresno, California
    421. April 10, 2009: Robert Mitchell, 16, Detroit, Michigan
    422. April 13, 2009: Craig Prescott, 38, Modesto, California
    423. April 16, 2009: Gary A. Decker, 50, Tuscon, Arizona
    424. April 18, 2009: Michael Jacobs Jr., 24, Fort Worth, Texas
    425. April 30, 2009: Kevin LaDay, 35, Lumberton, Texas
    426. May 4, 2009: Gilbert Tafoya, 53, Holbrook, Arizona
    427. May 6, 2009: Grant William Prentice, 40, Brooks, Alberta
    428. May 17, 2009: Jamaal Ray Valentine, 27, La Marque, Texas
    429. May 23, 2009: Gregory Rold, 37, Salem, Oregon
    430. June 9, 2009: Brian Layton Cardall, 32, Hurricane, Utah
    431. June 13, 2009: Dwight Jerome Madison, 48, Baltimore, Maryland
    432. June 20, 2009: Derek Kairney, 36, South Windsor, Connecticut
    433. June 29, 2009: Shawn Iinuma, 37, Fontana, California
    434. July 2, 2009: Rory McKenzie, 25, Bakersfield, California
    435. July 30, 2009: Jonathan Michael Nelson, 27, Riverside County, California
    436. August 9, 2009: Terrace Clifton Smith, 52, Moreno Valley, California
    437. August 12, 2009: Ernest Owen Ridlehuber III, 53, Greenwood, South Carolina
    438. August 14, 2009: Hakim Jackson, 31, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    439. August 18, 2009: Ronald Eugene Cobbs, 38, Greensboro, North Carolina
    440. August 20, 2009: Francisco P. Sesate, 36, Mesa, Arizona
    441. August 22, 2009: T.J. Nance, 37, Arizona City, Arizona
    442. August 26, 2009: Miguel Molina, 27, Los Angeles, California
    443. August 27, 2009: Manuel Dante Dent, 27, Modesto, California
    444. September 7, 2009: Shane Ledbetter, 38, Aurora, Colorado
    445. September 16, 2009: Alton Warren Ham, 45, Modesto, California
    446. September 19, 2009: Yuceff W. Young II, Brooklyn, Ohio
    447. September 21, 2009: Richard Battistata, 44, Laredo, Texas
    448. September 28, 2009: Derrick Humbert, 38, Bradenton, Florida
    449. October 2, 2009: Rickey R. Massey, 38, Panama City, Florida
    450. October 12, 2009: Christopher John Belknap, 36, Ukiah, California
    451. October 17, 2009: Frank Cleo Sutphin, 19, San Bernardino, California
    452. October 27, 2009: Jeffrey C. Woodward, 33, Gallatin, Tennessee
    453. November 13, 2009: Herman George Knabe, 58, Corpus Christi, Texas
    454. November 14, 2009: Darryl Bain, 43, Long Island, New York
    455. November 16, 2009: Matthew Bolick, 30, East Grand Rapids, Michigan
    456. November 17, 2009: Edward Buckner, 53, Chattanooga, Tennessee
    457. November 19, 2009: Jesus Gillard, 61, Bloomfield Township, Michigan
    458. November 21, 2009: Ronald Petruney, 49, Washington County, Pennsylvania

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