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.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

RCMP Watchdog initiates complaint (!)

You'll probably remember the news about the 82-year old man in hospital who was delirious and pulled out a tiny pocket knife and made a fuss. The RCMP arrived (three of them) and they were so frightened of the tiny pocket knife that one of them walked right up to Mr. Lasser and (instead of taking the knife away) tasered him in the belly. [LINK] [LINK]

I missed this related news until now:

May 9, 2008 - As Chair of the Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP, I am initiating a complaint into the conduct of those unidentified RCMP members present at, or engaged in, the apparent subduing of Mr. Frank Lasser, an 82-year-old man, in hospital in Kamloops, British Columbia by the use of a conducted energy weapon (CEW) [taser] on May 3, 2008. ... [LINK]

In other words, the RCMP watchdog Mr. Kennedy has initiated a complaint himself (not relying on any complaint from the public). This man is GOOD.

Anyone investigating this incident should read this post which seems to shred the police argument that they were presented with a credible threat: [LINK]

Also, " 'OK, get him because we got more important work to do on the street tonight.' " [LINK]

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