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.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Are naked subjects that dangerous?

I notice that the news feeds are constantly reporting that various naked people are being tasered. [LINK] And, as is not surprising, some are not surviving their taser-aided arrest. [LINK]

[Note that there are enough incidents that I can use Google News searches as links. 68 and 55 hits respectively for the above examples, many of which will refer to the same incidents. But still, being naked and being tasered seem to be strangely linked. And 'danger to police' seems extremely far-fetched.]

Are naked people (a certain sign that they're not having a good day) so dangerous that tasers need to be used? Or are the police so ill-prepared for the naked end of 'dealing with the public' that they're squeamish? Haven't the brave police officers been trained (and I don't include Taser Certified Brainwashing in the category of real training) to deal with subjects without reaching for a potentially-lethal weapon seemingly all the time?

How often do police shoot naked people with their service revolver? If they did, then difficult questions would be asked, such as "Why did you shoot him?", "Are you insane?" and "Can you place your badge and gun on my desk?"

This trend of tasering naked people certainly exposes that many of the pro-taser arguments are utter rubbish.

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