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.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Birmingham, AL city council votes for moratorium

Unanimously no less.

Birmingham, AL (NBC13 HD, 24 June 2008) - ...Birmingham City Council voted unanimously to ask Mayor Larry Langford to suspend police use of tasers and explore other non-lethal weapons following the death of a suspect. Willie Maye died June 5th after police used a taser to subdue him during a traffic stop and chase. ... Police said at the time that they found a “large amount” of marijuana in Maye’s car. The incident is under investigation. There’s no word on whether Langford will halt the use of tasers. [LINK]

Marijuana... ...in his car. Another young male taser victim, Darryl Turner, "...had marijuana hidden in his socks." [LINK] At the time I posted, "So what?" This sort of pathetic attempt at subtle blame-shifting is disgraceful . What next? - 'The victim had seven unpaid parking tickets and two overdue library books.' ??

Anyway - back to the main point:

A city council has voted to shelve the taser.

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