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.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

BS Detector: BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP...

Hmmm... Regarding that 'future-classic' taser incident where the Kamloops (BC, of course) RCMP tasered an 82-year old patient lying on his bed, breathing oxygen, and weilding a ferocious (pocket) knife. [LINK]

(Globe and Mail) - Kamloops RCMP tasered an 82-year-old man in his hospital bed last Saturday after he threatened hospital staff with a (pocket) knife. ... Kamloops RCMP told the CBC they had no other choice but to use the taser. [LINK]

My BS detector is beeping.

Here's why:

Based on the reports, it appears that the police used the taser in Drive Mode. This is the close range direct-contact mode, as opposed to firing the barbs trailing the long wires which would allow the taser to be used while standing-off at a safe distance from this blade-wielding octogenarian potential-ninja. If so, they would have had to walk up to the patient's hospital bed, within an arm's length, in order to apply the taser to the elderly man's torso.

So obviously... the officers really were frightened-to-death of the huge scary (pocket) knife. That's why they had to use the taser, because... because... because...

...It's not as if they could get close to the man, eh?

BS Detector: BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP...

And being delirious, the Zany Zoned-out Zorro possessed the strength of four men... (*) And since they'd only brought three officers - they were effectively outnumbered.

(*They didn't make that claim this time.)

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