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, February 13, 2009

An open letter to Australia, re: tasers

The Courier Mail [LINK]

Hello from Canada. I hope that you Aussies are doing okay with all those horrific bush fires.

Taser news from Canada: The RCMP (Canada's national police force) has today [2009 Feb 12] admitted that 'tasers can kill', that 'tasers can cause death', that 'tasers are potentially lethal'.

And they have immediately restricted their use to only the most serious situations. As an example, the RCMP Comish has said that a 2nd officer should provide "lethal cover" (with a gun) in case the taser fails. This should eliminate about 99% (literally) of all taser deployments. No more brandishing tasers at children for example.

This RCMP taser policy change also inherently excludes use of the taser in its Touch Torture more (also known as 'Drive Stun' mode). I've always wondered why the police wouldn't just use the glowing end of a lit cigarette for an alternate method of pain compliance that is otherwise exactly the same (intense pain, minor burns and injuries). What's the difference? [LINK]

Canada is well ahead of Australia in the taser learning curve. So you have a choice. You can go through the same learning curve as Canada has gone through over the past two years, or you can bone-up on the ins-and-outs of tasers in Canada.

My blog has about 750 posts on the subject. They're mostly all backed-up with links to sources.

www.Excited-Delirium.com (don't forget the dash)

Another blog is called 'Truth ... Not Tasers'.

I hope that Australia will take advantage of all the experience that Canada has had with tasers.

You could save yourself a lot of time and trouble.