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.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

"Tasers save money" - LOL

TRIBUNE-REVIEW (Saturday, August 23, 2008) - A North Braddock man shocked awake while sleeping on his couch by police officers using a taser gun has reached a settlement Friday... North Braddock officials agreed to pay Shawn Hicks...

... $100,000.

Hicks said he came home around 2 a.m. on July 28, 2007, and fell asleep in the living room of
his Stokes Avenue home. Less than an hour later, according to the lawsuit, Officers Gerald Kraly and Lukas Lauricia came inside the house and repeatedly shocked Hicks with the taser, even after verifying his address on his driver's license. ... [LINK]

Attorney Paul Krepps, who represented North Braddock, said, "The defendants are not admitting any wrongdoing."

Well, the $100k check is more than sufficient admission in itself. But thanks for the amusing attempt at spin.

So what exactly goes on during taser training? Are the trainees' brains extracted at the start of the taser training session, or towards the end?

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