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.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

That's why it's not their decision

REGINA — Saskatchewan police chiefs say they don't fully agree with a decision by the provincial police commission to hold off on expanding the use of tasers. ...The Saskatchewan Association of Chief of Police....worries about the safety of officers and citizens if tasers aren't allowed. ... [LINK]

Stop right there. There is essentially ZERO issue with the safety of police officers. If an officer's life is on the line, then they've been issued with a sidearm (a gun). All they have to do is be aware of the (lethal and legal) consequences when they pull the trigger. And if the situation is truly dangerous and there is time, then stand back and call in the tactical team.

With respect to the safety of citizens, personally (speaking as a citizen) I would HONESTLY rather take my chances with old-school police armed with guns and not with tasers. The reasons have been described endlessly on this blog (overuse, abuse, misuse, torture, risk of death, etc.).

The trade-off is between a non-problem (police guns) and a real problem (tasers).

The decision by the Saskatchewan Police Commission is perfectly rational.

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