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.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

"...saved suicidal (drunk) man's life..."

Burnaby (BC, natch) RCMP (natch) claim that their handy-dandy taser saved a man's life. The 19-year old guy was reportedly drunk and holding a knife to his own throat. Since he wouldn't respond to police negotiations (perhaps due to being drunk), they tasered him and took him into custody. Reportedly the subject in this incident did not die from being tasered (which is always a nice outcome). [LINK]

Ah those wild and crazy drunks in Burnaby, running around town threatening to cut their own throats...

Anyway, it seems a bit funny that the drunk man's sister (who was NOT armed with a taser) somehow had been able to, single-handed, get the armed and drunk brother all the way from the kitchen to the outdoors, and lock the door, before calling the police.

Okay - let's be generous - I say that we grant this touching tale of taser technique a 5% credit for a life saved. The 5% is because that's about the chances that this drunk guy would have actually, and would have actually managed to, fatally cut his own throat.

And why is the BC RCMP providing such touching tales on behalf of Taser? Are they a branch of the Taser PR department? Geesh, they go all silent and cranky when people die after being tasered, but they get all proud and 'press-releasey' if they think they've saved one with a taser.

Get a room folks.

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