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.

Monday, June 16, 2008

BC police chiefs' worst fears realized

November 2007: A frightening possibility is raised...

(Globe and Mail) Vancouver, BC (22 Nov. 2007) - British Columbia's police chiefs are worried the furor over the case of Robert Dziekanski may discourage officers from using tasers in confrontations when 'split-second' decisions are required, the RCMP's B.C. commander says. "It has been discussed by us as a possible concern," Deputy Commissioner Gary Bass said yesterday from Victoria, where the British Columbia Association of Chiefs of Police is holding a meeting on policing issues. "We worry the impact of some of that publicity might create that reaction in members."... [LINK][LINK]

So what happened to the taser-associated death rate in Canada before and after this stark warning?

Sep. 20, 2007: #16. Claudio Castagnetta, 32 - Quebec City, QC
Oct. 14, 2007: #17. Robert Dziekanski (Polish Citizen), 40 - Vancouver, BC
Oct. 17, 2007: #18. Quilem Registre, 39 - Montreal, QC
Nov. 22, 2007: #19. Howard Hyde, 45 - Halifax, NS
Nov. 24, 2007: #20. Robert Knipstrom, 36 - Chilliwack, BC (just after)

No taser-associated deaths in Canada since then (more than six-months). None.

How about the Canadian police? Are they being slaughtered since they stopped being so damn taser trigger-happy in late-2007?

Canada 2007: [LINK] Four. Latest 5 November 2007.
Canada 2008: [LINK] None to date.

According to The Officer Down Memorial Page [LINK], there have been no deaths (to date) of police officers in Canada since November 2007. None.

It's as if peace has broken out since November 2007.

Maybe Jesus and Buddha and Ghandi and M.L. King and John Lennon were right after all? Do ya think?

Psssssssssssssssssttt is the sound of many pro-taser arguments being deflated.

(This isn't rocket science folks. It really isn't.)

Attention Stockwell Day: Step up man; time to step up.

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