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.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

RCMP in Nova Scotia regularly taser unarmed drunks

Canadian Press:

HALIFAX -- In the wake of recent publicity about police use of tasers in Nova Scotia, new statistics show RCMP officers in the province drew those weapons 132 times between 2005 and 2007. RCMP Sgt. Mark Gallagher said the figures show that in 85% of those cases, police were dealing with a person who was either drunk or high on drugs.

In 60% of cases, the person was unarmed.

In previous generations, the nightly rounding up of the drunks was a rather-friendly ritual. Now they need to taser unarmed drunks? Good grief!

Keep in mind that the largest cities in NS have their own police forces. So these RCMP statistics cover perhaps half the population, and probably less than half the drunks and druggies.

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