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.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Aussie cops lack tasers, shoot man (sort-of)

Queensland Police Union president Cameron Pope said the officer attempted to pacify the man with capsicum spray but was left with no choice but to shoot him... "Her only choice was to lie down and possibly be beaten to death and that choice is not acceptable. ... She was an experienced officer and that was shown - she tried to use physical force first, she tried to use capsicum spray and she's only resorted to the use of a firearm as a last resort."

...Queensland Police Minister Judy Spence said the shooting may have been avoided if the officer had been equipped with a taser gun, which are being rolled out to police across the state. "
It's likely that a taser would have been useful."

This sounds like an advertisement for Taser, except...

The suspect was shot in the leg but ran from the scene before being located in a nearby backyard. He is currently under police guard in Rockhampton Hospital. [LINK]

And so?

You want to endanger the lives of ordinary citizens by issuing tasers (which seems inevitably to lead to misuse, overuse and abuse against ordinary folks), in exchange for reducing the risk of death for criminals that are actually beating up a police officer?

If you don't see this as a very bad (evil!!) trade-off, then bone up on 'Karma'.

See [LINK] [LINK] & [LINK]

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