Mission Statement - De-Spinning the Pro-Taser Propaganda

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


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, March 22, 2008

The human-equivalent of a cat up a tree

An alternative to the taser - this device is called a clock.

It represents something called the passage of time.

So far as human knowledge reveals, time is (in the largest possible sense) completely unlimited. Well not quite - the Sun will eventually enter the Red Giant phase, but that's quite some time off.

Many examples of the sorts of situations where taser usage is all-too-common are the human-equivalent of a cat up a tree.

The authorities can "take action" (which is often stupid and always risky), or simply allow the passage of time to work its magic (which may be a much smarter move).

This 'wait them out' approach may clash with the testosterone-driven Type A personalities that often wear a badge, but the concept ('wait them out') should be added to the Use of Force policy ahead of most of the other options. Especially where the subject is in a situation where waiting them out would do no harm.

Considering the paperwork, risk to the victim, and risk of lawsuits that may follow taser deployment, allowing a few more hours to pass may actually be less of a time sink as well (perhaps by a huge ratio).

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