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.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Video/Audio Recording option

Taser has started to make much of the (extra cost) option to have the taser record video and audio as soon as the safety is flipped from the 'Safe' position to the 'Potentially Lethal' position.

The fact that this recording feature is even offered is really an admission that there is a very serious taser-abuse issue. How many people have been calling for a similar feature on police guns? It is just as simple to adapt a gun to accept a clip-on camera module as it would have been for the taser. In fact, the EMI environment surrounding a taser probably makes it more difficult to achieve clean operation of camera electronics.

Police boards can certainly consider this option if they wish, but all that it will accomplish in the mid-term is to clog-up YouTube with even more grotesque videos.

The city of Ottawa is on the right track with their Use of Force refresher training.

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