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.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Orange County Grand Jury calls for taser limits

Los Angeles Times (June 5, 2008) - Alarmed by the recent deaths of two jail inmates who had been shocked with Taser electronic stun weapons, the Orange County Grand Jury on Wednesday recommended that deputies no longer use the weapon if other means to control inmates are available.

In its annual report, the State of the Orange County Jails, the grand jury said the recent inmate deaths were a "cause of alarm."

The report noted that jail staff used Tasers on 437 inmates between 2004 and 2007.

"There is major debate amongst experts as to whether the use of the Taser may cause heart failure and death," the grand jury wrote.

The grand jury recommended that the department prohibit deputies from using Tasers in situations where an "alternative form of control can be effectively used," and that it prohibit use of the Taser on people who are handcuffed.

The grand jury also suggested that a panel of experts review instances in which individuals die after deputies used Tasers on them. ...


Kit (Keep It Trill) said...

Hey. I found your site through Electronic Village. I'm glad you're writing about this issue. My son went to the funeral of a young black guy a few months ago. He didn't know him, but went with a friend who did. The police had tasered this young guy to death and the kid wasn't even struggling. This made my kid really upset; he's already been victimized by the police and courts. You might be interested in an article I wrote this month titled "I Wept In The Courtroom."

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