Mission Statement - De-Spinning the Pro-Taser Propaganda

Yeah right, 'Excited Delirium' my ass...


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, February 6, 2009

'Dziekanski was no threat'

VANCOUVER - Eyewitness Sima Ashrafinia dismissed the idea that Robert Dziekanski could have used a stapler as a weapon against four well-armed RCMP officers who tasered and restrained him at the airport on the night of Oct. 14, 2007. ... Lawyers for the involved police officers tried [unsuccessfully] over many unscheduled hours of grilling Ashrafinia to shake her evidence that Dziekanski posed no threat to anyone. ... [LINK]

Dziekanski was tasered five times by the RCMP and died in minutes. Ashrafinia said that Dziekanski turned blue after tasering. "My God, he’s not breathing."

The Coroner found that the taser had contributed to Dziekansk's death.

I guess in the same way that the Sun contributes to bright sunny days.

Common sense indicates a closer causal relationship between the taser and the death in this case.

Fact - Dziekanski was tasered and immediately died. You can decide for yourself if you think that the following translation is valid or not: "Dziekanski was killed with the taser."

If you want to lump something into the category of a contributing factor, how about the obviously-defective taser training?

Other factors, such as pre-existing medical conditions, are (in common law) supposed to be taken, legally, as givens. The defendants are not to be given a pass because the victim happens to have some bodily weaknesses or imperfections.

Do not miss this old post from January 2008 for a clear-cut explanation of the legal doctrines regarding 'pre-existing medical conditions' - [LINK].

1 comment:

XRaVeNX said...

Hi to all,

I am a film student with the Vancouver Film School. I am doing a short documentary on Tasers. If there is anyone in the Vancouver area who has been Tasered and lives to tell about it or knows someone personally that got Tasered but unfortunately did not survive, and would like to participate in my documentary, please contact me at fp126alexl@vfs.com