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.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Seems pretty clear to me...

Link= Brattleboro officers torture protesters

"...At 7 a.m. on July 24, police visited the site to find two remaining protesters, Crowell and Kilmurray, had chained themselves to a barrel full of sand, which is meant to stymie law enforcement efforts to remove protesters. The officers informed Crowell and Kilmurray if they refused to leave the property, they would be stunned with Tasers. When the pair refused to comply with the police order, they were stunned until they agreed to unlock themselves..."

Well, here we go. A crystal-clear example of what is now called "torture". For those that haven't been following along, please review the right-hand column where it is all explained in great detail.

Perhaps these officers didn't get the memo. Perhaps the taser training they received was flawed (likely). Perhaps their employer didn't provide proper guidance. Perhaps they weren't clever enough to bring along a set of chain cutters. Maybe their radios weren't working so they couldn't call for a set of chain cutters.

But there's no assurance that the local court will even get this one right. It might have to go all the way to the US Supreme Court.

I hope that these two protesters don't cave-in and settle for a piddling settlement. They should hold-out for an extreme amount or a ruling, not for the money but to make the point.

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