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.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Slip slidin' away...

The view from the street:

Vancouver Sun - An officer who is in charge of the Taser program for the Victoria police department told a public inquiry Tuesday that he's uncertain if Tasers cause death. "I think I would be negligent if I stood up here and said they don't cause death," Constable Mike Massine. [LINK]

Wow. Victoria, BC has been a sort-of Taser-central in Canada. That the city where Taser's Canadian distributor is located. It's where Sgt. Laur got perhaps too involved with Taser and was later found to be in an apparent conflict of interest [LINK]. British Columbia has had far more than its fair share of taser-associated deaths (7 of the 20 in Canada). A too-large fraction of the taser news that happens in Canada, happens in BC.

So - in celebration of this admission from Victoria - I'd like to dedicate this little tune [YouTube LINK] to the folks at Taser [LINK].

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