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.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

RCMP - "...tasers are potentially lethal..."

CBC News - New RCMP policy recognizes that stun guns can cause death — especially in "acutely agitated" suspects — and restricts their use to defuse threats, the head of the force said Thursday. RCMP Commissioner William Elliott outlined the policy shift as he spoke to the House of Commons public safety committee. Elliott said the Mounties will no longer use Tasers or other stun guns against suspects who are merely resistant.

Stun gun use must be reported with each firing or threat to fire, and must be justified as a reasonable and necessary response to a threat to an officer or public safety.

Elliott said the contentious weapons save lives [once in a while, but they also 'contribute to' death, making it a bit of a lottery], and officers will now refresh stun gun training each year instead of every two years.

The RCMP did not adopt the all-party committee's call to reclassify the stun gun as an impact weapon. Elliott said that's because it's already considered a prohibited firearm with clear policy restrictions for its use.

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