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.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Taser excessive force $111,000 award upheld

Maine Today - The federal court of appeals in Boston has upheld a lower court ruling that South Portland, Maine police officer Kevin Gerrish used excessive force when he shot Stephen Parker with a Taser stun gun in 2005. ... In October of 2007, a jury found that Gerrish had used excessive force, and it awarded $111,000 to Parker for his injuries. [LINK]

Hmmm. Do you think that Officer Gerrish's (Taser-certified?) taser training was possibly substandard? Perhaps the mindless, mock-macho ride the lightning approach to training (always to the back by the way) is moronic and leads to such negative outcomes.

$111,000 award. Tasers save money do they?

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