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.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

"...14 examples in the past five years..."

DARLINGTON, Wis. [LINK] -- Acting on a recommendation by its police commission, Darlington's City Council unanimously approved the purchase of one Taser -- an electroshock weapon meant to stun and subdue a targeted subject from a distance -- for its Police Department. It costs $1,700. In his presentation to commission members, Darlington Police Chief Jason King said more than half of Lafayette County's law enforcement agencies use the Taser technology, mainly as a deterrent. During the council meeting, King cited 14 examples in the past five years where the Taser would have been useful in resolving a conflict.

Prediction: They'll probably use their new tasers about one hundred times in total over the NEXT five years. This conservative estimate is based on the typical usage rate as compared to the probably perfectly-reasonable "14 examples" used to justify the purchase at the outset.

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