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, January 23, 2009

Tasers falling out of favour on the left coast too

Addendum to previous post:

"Vancouver police fired the taser 27 times in 2008 and pointed it 36 times... The VPD's use of the weapon in 2008 was markedly lower than in 2007 (74 times), 2006 (93) and in 2005 (66). No reason was provided for the decrease." [LINK]


Hmmm... I wonder why the taser use dropped off after, say, around about mid-October 2007?

Taser-associated deaths in Vancouver [LINK]
5. Roman Andreichikov, 25 – Vancouver, BC - May 1, 2004 - X26
7. Robert Bagnell, 44 – Vancouver, BC - June 23, 2004 - X26
17. Robert Dziekanski, 40 - Vancouver, BC - October 14, 2007 - RCMP - taser was found to be a contributing factor in death

You don't have to be a friggen Einstein to work out the reason for the decrease. Duh. Another unfortunate death. But with a cellphone camera capturing the truth. Official lies exposed. Public reaction. Political reaction.

You watch - next time they'll start by tasering the witnesses holding cellphone cameras.

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