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.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Nova Scotia moves to restrict tasers

Nova Scotia Justice Minister Cecil Clarke is mandating that police in NS must only use their tasers when they are threatened with violence or when the public is in danger. Although this appears to be common sense, it means that the tasers are no longer to be used as a pain compliance tool.

Considering that tasers are legally defined as 'firearms' in Canada, this direction is (technically speaking) redundant. But the fact that he has to provide this explicit direction is an indication of the occasional misuse that has occurred in NS.

All in all - given the level of propaganda from Taser - this is a very good first step. But although it addresses most of the misuse and abuse, it leaves open plenty of room for continued over-use. And it fails to acknowledge the issue of the exact level of risk for various population groups, including the ill-defined group of 'those at risk'.

Chronicle Herald [LINK]
Canadian Press [LINK]
Canada.com [LINK]

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