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 24, 2008

Smith's presentation to Braidwood Inquiry

Imagine if someone had been able to get access to Smith's presentation to the Braidwood Inquiry and swapped out some of the videos just before he presented it. Sneak in the videos of the famous back-talking Utah Speeder and the UCLA student. Replace the video of the mentally-disturbed man wielding the huge butcher knife with a video recreation of the 82-year old man in Kamloops wielding the 3-inch pocket knife.

Smith's video examples are true, but they're very tiny truths wrapped in a much larger truth about routine taser misuse, abuse and overuse which stems from bad training based on misleading information about risk.

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