Note: I left this comment on the Truth...Not Tasers blog here: [LINK]. But it seems like a good enough point that I decided to post it here as well where it might be more visible (being a post as opposed to a comment).
I will admit that this one is a rant (Hey! I'm allowed 10% rants), but it still carries an extremely important and perfectly-logical point about so-called 'taser training'.
On Taser Training:
[Someone suggested that] "...extra training is a good idea..."
What training? More 'taser training' based on the propaganda coming from the manufacturer presented by brainwashed fan-boys called 'certified' (by Taser International) trainers?
These 'certified taser trainers' are the worst of the worst of the brainwashed taser fan-boys. They'll argue until the end of time that tasers-R-safe no matter what evidence lays sprawled lifeless on the ground before them.
There are so many examples of pure taser abuse performed by officers fresh from their taser training, that it begs the question: What is going on in this so-called 'training'?
What is missing is a refresher course on the basic laws of Canada. For example, s.269.1 on 'Torture' - seriously. For example, the classification of the taser as a firearm. For example, the laws about pointing a firearm (for example, the taser) without lawful reason. For example, that 'lawful force' is a noun, not a verb. For example, de-escalation techniques should be the first response, not the damn taser (god help everyone if it fails and now you've escalated the situation into a fatal encounter).
Ottawa police include a refresher session on Use of Force for their taser wielding officers. It seems to solve most (but not all) of the problem.
Define your terms: "taser training"?
We need to immediately step away from the so-called taser training controlled by the manufacturer. Defective and evil it is.
Including all those made-for-TV FAKE taserings into the back (never the chest) - why?
You're either in on it, or you're being played like a trumpet.
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