Mission Statement - De-Spinning the Pro-Taser Propaganda

Yeah right, 'Excited Delirium' my ass...

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The primary purpose of this blog is to provide an outlet for my observations and analysis about tasers, taser "associated" deaths, and the behaviour exhibited by the management, employees and minions of Taser International. In general, everything is linked back to external sources, often via previous posts on the same topic, so that readers can fact-check to their heart's content. This blog was started in late-2007 when Canadians were enraged by the taser death of Robert Dziekanski and four others in a short three month period. The cocky attitude exhibited by the Taser International spokespuppet, and his preposterous proposal that Mr. Dziekanski coincidentally died of "excited delirium" at the time of his taser-death, led me to choose the blog name I did and provides my motivation. I have zero financial ties to this issue.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Well? Lawful force - noun or verb?

I note that this important question (Lawful force - noun or verb?) has been met with stony silence. The details of this question and how it relates to the Criminal Code of Canada section 269.1 (US law is similar), and the degree of pain compliance that is permissible in a civilized society, has been discussed in endless detail below and in the sidebar.

My conclusion is that using a taser for pain compliance (in the most common and typical circumstances) is a clear violation of the Criminal Code of Canada section 269.1 (or your local equivalent*). When police use the taser to cause severe pain for purposes of inducing compliance, they (the police) are almost always breaking the law. And pain compliance is obviously the most common use for the taser (by far).

Any possible argument that I can imagine that might be raised as a rebuttal has already been presented, examined and shredded. To save time, please review everything already presented on this subject before making a defence.

So? Any other arguments?

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Hello?

Where are the taser proponents when we ask them a clear and simple question?


* The Canadian Criminal Code section 269.1 was basically cut-and-paste from the United Nations rulings and agreements on torture. Virtually every other country has created the same sort of law. Except that the USA felt the need to add several pages of gobbledygook because of their 'unique' circumstances (cough cough water-boarding cough cough).

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