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.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Police are trained that "tasers-R-safe"

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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