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.

Monday, February 9, 2009

He "...made his own choice..."

Brisbane, Australia - A 16-year-old boy who was killed by a car while under arrest for aggressive behaviour, lay down on the road after being threatened with a taser... ...police confronted the youth, who was unarmed at the time, and after they presented [what a nice word, "...presented..."] a taser, he lay down on the road. ... While the teenager was on the road, he was hit [and killed] by ... a car. [LINK]

I'm guessing that perhaps, just maybe, the police yelled at him to...

"Get down on the ground!"

I'm just guessing there. Speculation. Simply pure speculation...

[The following is 'rich'...]

Deputy Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said, "...this person made his own choice to immediately comply and lie down on the road once the taser was presented to him."

Oh, I see. Of course! It's the victim's fault. (sic)

Ah, yeah... ...right... ...if you say so...

I guess he "...made his own choice..." because - as we all know - the taser-trained police always say something like the following choice-laden suggestion:

"If you'd like to sir, and it's safe to do so, would you like to please get down on the ground? Wait, perhaps over there on the lawn where it's much safer than here in the middle of the busy road ...It's naturally entirely your own choice sir."

Yeah, that always happens... (sic)

And there's also always the choice to immediately comply or not.

After all, we all have the right to choose to immediately comply - OR to discuss the situation with the calm and highly professional law enforcement personnel and to passively ignore their verbal directions without any fear whatsoever of being instantly electro-tortured (possibly 'contributing to' your death) to attempt to force our compliance through 'pain compliance' taken to absurd degrees.

These are our choices?



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