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.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Inexplicable and despicable

A 16-year old lad falls (?) from a 30-foot high overpass. While laying on ground with major injuries (such as a broken back), Ozark police taser him up to 19 times... ...because he's muttering threats and refusing to comply {ROLLS-EYES}. [LINK]

UPDATE: See also [LINK]

He is so tasered that his necessary surgical operations are delayed due to the apparent after-effects of the multiple taserings.

I'm trying as much as I can to try to imagine what sort of missing details would make this apparently-insane incident somehow seem faintly justifiable. I can't think of any.

Lawsuit time.

This isn't the first time that people in medical distress have been tasered repeatedly. Seriously, it is well past time to sue the officers and forces involved in such stupidly-incompetent incidents into massive and permanent bankruptcy.

PS: Thanks Taser - another good example of the way your products and training are making the world a much better place [sic].


D said...

Well I guess this shows just how lethal the taser is. 19 times and the lad is still around even being injured due to a substantial fall.

Similar to the old guy in BC tasered as he was recovering from HEART SURGERY,hooked to an IV in a hospital bed wielding a knife.

Baaad tool....

Anonymous said...

So far as I can see in the news, both were hit in Touch-Torture mode and neither one was hit in the front of the chest. So they were both clearly tortured, but probably in a cardiac-safe manner.

So these two incidents are examples of taser abuse, overuse and misuse. But they don't provide much insight into the question of cardiac safety when the taser darts land on the chest.

Over-simplifying things like you've done above will only muddle your thoughts.