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 30, 2009

Tasers, far too often, are a tool of abuse

The same old story. Some police force decides to purchase tasers, they all get trained and certified, and then the electro-torture and abuse of citizens starts.

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So what is the root cause?

Does the taser electric shock, often applied to the police trainees during the taser training (always to the back where there's much less chance of cardiac death) - does it run up their spinal columns and cause brain damage? Many trained and certified officers are emerging from their taser training all "Taser Certified", but actually they've become walking-talking human rights nightmares. Something is going wrong.

This all-too-common sequence (tasers -> abuse) leads to some perfectly reasonable questions about the training.

Judged by the real-world results - Taser training is clearly defective.

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