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.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Why does the taser encourage misuse?

The taser, provided it works as advertised, provides the officer a sense of absolute power over the victim. Press a button and down he goes. In the absence of extensive ethics-based, legal-based, morality-based training, with some weak-minded and/or overly-excited officers, the following might happen (perhaps you've heard of it...):

Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Annual refresher training on 'Use of Force' is an excellent idea.

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