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.

Friday, April 25, 2008

The 'Use of Force' Continuum - OBSOLETE

I want to review this topic again because it is an important part of the whole solution to the all-too-common taser abuse issue.

The newer concept of Objective Reasonableness (replacing the ill-conceived concept of a single Use of Force Scale or continuum) was discuss here: [LINK]

The same basic issue (use of force) has been discussed on this blog since the very beginning (see right hand column). It's a key point. Even I (an average citizen) could see the several problems with the way the Use of Force has evolved since the 1960's.

The failure to demarcate between those that are normal citizens that might be failing to comply with police instructions quick enough (*), and those that step over the clear line to becoming violent with police (it's a very clear line, it really is...) is a criminal omission and has often led directly to criminal behaviour (CC 269.1) by the police.

(* Instructions that are often yelled, incoherent, contradictory, and impossible to obey. For example: "Hands Up! Keep them up. Now get down on the floor! BUT KEEP YOUR HANDS UP!" What? Are we all gymnasts now? Use our nose to break our forward face-plant?)

So, some questions:

1) What moronic raving idiot first created the concept of the Use of Force Scale or continuum?
2) Can we find them? Can we track them down?
3) When we find them, is there any way that they could be hanged for treason?

Failing that, can we at least ensure that our representatives familiarize themselves with the in-and-outs of this issue and prepare themselves for a quick-draw response next time someone sits before the SECU committee and mouths the words "our policy is represented by the Use of Force Scale...."

SECU's response should be the verbal equivalent of: BLAM!

This obsolete Use of Force Scale or continuum is going to have to be surgically removed from every officer in the land. In other words, someone is going to have to issue a memo. A memo with "Important" written across the top in bold letters.


Honestly - this is a clear-cut example of why the police need (require) more civilian oversight.

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