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.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Tasering diabetics - again...

In Oklahoma, a driver went into severe diabetic shock, but instead of getting help, he was tasered and handcuffed. ... [LINK]

If you're not extremely outraged by this incident, then you just don't get it.

Is it possible that the taser training is so incredibly bad that it actually makes police officers less capable of making reasonable decisions?

And this is just one perfectly clear-cut example of the all-too-common misuse, overuse and abuse of tasers. There are an endless series of examples that are similar in nature (tasering an elderly man in his hospital bed, tasering children, etc., etc., etc.).

Bad training. Really, really bad. And who is responsible for THAT?

And if the taser training is this bad, then perhaps a moratorium might be REQUIRED to clean up the mess before these potentially-dangerous devices, which shouldn't be combined with such horrible training, are allowed back on the street (if ever).

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