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, March 12, 2008

Delaware - Unauthorized 'Taser' use to be a felony

Link= Stun-gun bill stalls in committee

Dover, Delaware -- Legislation to make the unauthorized use of a Taser or similar electronic stun guns a felony was tabled by a House committee today for a technical correction. ... The legislation would not prohibit the use of a stun gun for self-defense. It also would not affect the use of the devices by law enforcement and security officers in the performance of their duties.

The above description is a bit vague when it comes to Taser misuse and abuse by officers. It would be nice if the legislation was clarified so that such misuse and abuse by officers, which would not rationally be described as a "duty", would also be included as an explicit felony.

In case you think that such abuse would never happen, the Utah speeder (Jared Massey) that was tasered for no apparent reason by a Utah Highway Patrol trooper (Jon Gardner) is getting a cheque for $40,000.

Link= $40,000, and they got off cheap...

Let's start a new rule - no one settles for less than six figures. Okay?

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