Mr. Dziekanski was lying face-down on the floor, hands cuffed behind his back, his face turned to the side and his eyes fixed and open. He was waxy, pale and likely already dead. ... RCMP were "unprofessional" for not appearing to monitor and aid Mr. Dziekanski and "obstructed" rescue efforts by refusing to take off the man's handcuffs, even though he was motionless. [LINK]
But these on-site officers couldn't conceive, couldn't even imagine, that Mr. Dziekanski has just been killed ('in part') by their application of multiple taser hits to his chest. Because their so-called training has brainwashed them to believe that tasers-R-safe. They were basically living in another parallel Universe where Mr. Dziekanski coudn't possibly be dead. In their minds, it was simply not possible.
.: Taser training
Richmond Fire and Rescue Captain Kirby Graeme....also testified that in 23 years of responding to emergency calls to the airport, he had never once arrived before the airport's own ERS, and that he wondered why no one had called them to an obvious medical emergency. [ibid]
Why? It's because the on-site police officer(s) were trained (brainwashed) to believe that tasers-R-safe. And if you've been so brainwashed, then this is exactly how you would react. You wouldn't believe your own eyes.
.: Taser training
Someone should subpoena all the training materials (including revisions over the years) and see if it makes any mention of (for example) roughly 50 Coroner's having found that tasers can contribute to a death. Or any mention of the less-than-certain nature of Taser's own claims of essentially perfect safety regarding internal risk factors.
It is my opinion, based on careful study of the various taser incidents, that there is something seriously wrong with the Taser training. Look at these sorts of news reports and many like them where the officers actions and/or reactions were almost illogical.
I highly recommend a moratorium to allow further investigation of the safety claims, the training and the real world risks.
If the training material is demonstrably defective, then Taser is heavily liable.
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