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.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Taser pisses-off the Massachusetts State Police

This story is very interesting.

A Massachusetts State Trooper was getting tasered as part of the mindless tasers-R-safe propaganda campaign. His previously-injured leg (yes, he advised them) gets broken, perhaps due to the force of the uncontrolled muscle contractions caused by the one-size-shock-fits-all taser. He has launched a lawsuit against Taser. [LINK]

Here is where it gets funny...

State police spokesman David Procopio says that they've made a “final decision” to not use tasers after Foley’s reinjury. “It’s not a weapon we needed to add to our arsenal,” Procopio said. “The decision is not going to be changed.

Taser is facing about 40 lawsuits, six (*) of them involving training (propaganda) injuries, as of Sept. 30, according to the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based company’s most recent quarterly financial report. [LINK]

(*they've settled many more similar lawsuits brought by injured trainees...)

So basically, the Massachusetts State Police have apparently decided that they don't need no stinking tasers.

Perhaps other police forces can sit in a quiet place and ask themselves why they think that they really need tasers. Did this idea come from someone? Who? Was it propaganda?

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