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, July 3, 2008

OPP ignores taser-inquiries' recommendations

Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), having very recently been involved in the taser-associated death (#21 in Canada, June 23, 2008) of Jeffrey Marreel, age 36, at Norfolk, Ontario, are still tasering away at rowdies and drunks as if nothing has changed.

"Huronia West OPP [just one division] said they were forced to use tasers at least twice over the weekend in the cottage country town, as revellers got an early start on Canada Day celebrations." [LINK]

These sorts of taser deployments make a mockery of the multiple taser inquiries in Canada. And they provide strong justification for a moratorium. Obviously the police in Canada are totally ignoring many of the most-important recommendations arising from the various inquires. It's time to get their attention.

Perhaps it is past time for Canadian litigation lawyers to get in there and sue. Perhaps it can be based on the recently-noted 1998 rule that classifies the tasers as 'firearms' in Canada. [LINK] [LINK] [LINK] [LINK] Another apparent opening might be centered around CC 269.1. [LINK]

And the words 'at least' indicate the poor record-keeping and/or timely reporting associated with deployment of the tasers. And given that tasers are firearms in Canada, that self-confessed lack of record-keeping and/or timely reporting is probably a violation of many firearms regulations.

What an out-of-control mess.


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