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, April 2, 2008

Quebec Public Security Minister two-thirds correct

Quebec Public Security Minister Jacques Dupuis said the Taser may only be used when a citizen refuses to obey a police officer, places the officer's life, his own life or other lives in danger. [LINK]

"...when a citizen refuses to obey a police officer..." ?????

Sorry Jacques, that part of your statement is not correct - no matter what the out-of-date 'Use of Force' polices (written by Taser?) might state.

Please review the Criminal Code of Canada section 269.1.

If a police officer uses his taser to intimidate or coerce a passively-resisting, peaceful citizen then he's liable to spend up to 14 years in jail for doing so.

Reasonable force (noun) is what is allowed. 'Force' is not a verb. Police are not normally allowed to use pain to 'force' someone to do something (there may be rare exceptions).

Inflicting severe pain (tasering) for purposes of pain compliance is a crime.

There are plenty of details and examples regarding 269.1 in this blog.

This blog even address the defective legal theory that such taser-torture is a "lawful sanction" (in case you're wondering). It isn't. Not even close.

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