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.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

RCMP guilty of assault with taser

Canadian Press (11 Aug 2008) 100 MILE HOUSE, B.C. — A B.C. [natch] Mountie has been convicted of assault with a taser stemming from a police call to a pub in 100 Mile House in a December 2006 incident. Constable Cameron and two other officers were called to a pub on Highway 97, and arrested the man who was hit with the stun gun. A provincial court judge ruled that ... Cameron's use of the stun gun was not warranted. Cameron's sentencing hearing will be scheduled for sometime next month. An RCMP spokesperson says Cameron remains on active duty at the 100 Mile House detachment until after sentencing and the outcome of a formal internal disciplinary hearing. [LINK] [Truth...Not Tasers]

I wonder if the judge in this case is aware of the recent legal 'discovery' that a taser is legally a 'firearm' in Canada?

The justice system is always interested in making examples of offenders to set an example for other so as to reduce misbehaviour. It will be interesting to see if this offender is given a slap on the wrist, or something more serious. Turning it around, what sort of sentence would the victim in this case get if he had hit the officer with a taser?

Remaining on active duty (after convicted) until sentencing? Sorry, should be on leave effective immediately. Perhaps paid leave until the internal hearing, but not on active duty. No way.

5 comments:

SEA-R-VU said...

This member is doing his job with the tools he has been provided with. The next time the bar has a problem, call the judge...he will take care of everything.
In the meantime the judge and court system will continue to allow individuals to put all of us at risk.

Helen - Powell River

Anonymous said...

Just "...doing his job..."

Ah, no. Not according to the news.

The member was found GUILTY of assault. This judgment and wording that came with it implies the arrest was a false arrest.

No matter how "law-and-order" you may think you are, if the rules are to apply then they must also apply to the police themselves. Do you really want the police to be able to get away with law breaking? Are you fricken' serious?

So your fundamental point is self-contradictory at its core.

Law-and-order MUST also apply TO the police. And thus their actions had better be beyond reproach. Which means, for example, they should stop being so gawd-damn taser trigger happy.

D said...

And we all know of course that every judge is perfect in his/her decisions and never make errors, hire prostitutes or are discovered as having mental issues. Its only the police that are capable of errors and we should have absolute faith in each and every politically appointed judge in this country.

Anonymous said...

Hi 'D'.

Which country are you calling from? Most Canadian judges are appointed on the basis of merit and the level of political meddling in the judiciary seems to be extremely low (at least as compared to other countries).

If we ever to get to a point where the judges in Canada are corrupt, then perhaps (if I have time) I'll start a blog about that issue. So far, I see nothing worth worrying about in that regard.

When a police officer is found guilty of assault, it's news. Especially when a taser is deployed.

I'm not sure if your comment actually has any point worth responding to. Did I miss anything?

D said...

Prince George ring a bell? Vancouver exjudge Les Bewley ring a bell? How about Jerome Paradis and his nemesis Wallace Craig?

Names of judges are submitted to the govt for appointment. Supreme Court has a minimum number of French judges, all appointed by the Federqal govt. No politics there eh? And of course only the best an brightest legal minds are selected no? QC designations mean the lawyers are outstanding legal minds too I am sure. Just like all doctors given a medical degree are faultless.

What country are you in? Better still what planet are you from?