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.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Missing the point...

Martinsville Police Chief Mike Rogers perhaps misses the point.

He says that the police officer’s use of a taser, while trying to subdue a teen on Thursday (who dies very mysteriously), was within the department’s procedures. [LINK]

Yeah - but perhaps those procedures were cut-and-paste from Taser's propaganda. Perhaps those procedures are based upon an assumption that tasers carry zero risk of internal risk factors that might lead to death. Perhaps the legal system has temporarily forgotten that you take your victims as you find them, and that pre-existing medical conditions, drugs and being drunk are all common in the real world of day-to-day policing. Perhaps those procedures need to be amended to jive with the real world risk of people that did not deserve to die, are being killed while being arrested.

Think about it. Perhaps you've been sold a bill of goods when it comes to the purported safety. Follow the news?

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