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.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Tasered-to-death while black, plus the lies

This story has so many angles that all I can do is recommend that you read it carefully, top to bottom.

Chicago Tribune - Taser death ignites racial tensions [LINK]
[UPDATE] LA Times- Taser death in troubled town [LINK]

[Interesting how editors won't hesitate to use the phrase Taser death these days...]

Aside from the racial issue, and aside from the so obvious as to be stupid lies, another important point is the tasered-to-death issue itself:

"...the cause of death as 'cardiac arrest following nine 50,000-volt electroshock applications from a conductive electrical weapon.' ..."

"God did not just call this young man home," said Williams, who has served as parish coroner for the past 33 years. "If somebody can tell me anything else that killed this otherwise perfectly healthy young man ... I'd like to know it."

Williams is no stranger to controversy in Winnfield. Back in 2004, his garage was firebombed, and he says he's been shot at 19 times by people upset with the independence of his investigations. He wears a gun holstered at his waist.

"This case may be the most unnecessary death I have ever had to investigate," Williams said. "[Pikes] put up no fuss, no fighting, no physical aggression. ... He just didn't respond quickly enough to the officer's commands."


The blatantly-obvious fact is that we are seeing more-and-more deaths in drug-free, healthy, young, non-violent, (often black) men is clear real-world evidence of the true story about tasers.

The good news is that this is becoming so blatantly-obvious that it is getting to the point where the continued denials are starting to look pretty stupid. Even perennial blabbermouth Taser spokespuppets are strangely quiet.

Politicians and senior decision makers will be forced to act.

In the long run, Taser is screwed.

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