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.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Police pandemonium in Peoria

Peoria police charged in alleged beating captured on video

One Peoria police officer allegedly shocked a suspect at least three times with a taser while another allegedly stomped on the man a minimum of 20 times during an arrest [a beating] captured by a squad car video camera, prosecutors said Wednesday. ... Smith, 29, and Suelter, 39, were each charged Wednesday with four counts of official misconduct and single counts of battery, mob action and aggravated battery in the alleged May 3, 2008, beating. Both men appeared in court via video feed from the Peoria County Jail, where they have been held since their arrests on Monday. Bond was set at $10,000 apiece. ... [LINK]


...and with plenty of "moral" (?) support from The Brotherhood of Blue:

...with dozens of Peoria police officers packed into the spectators' gallery... [ibid]


Conclusion: Video is obviously critical. Police authorities (often being part of The Brotherhood instead of actually doing their duty) must never be allowed to control the video. Never. They can certainly keep a copy, but the civilian oversight folks (if not the public!) must also have a copy.

On principle, Taser International (now getting into the police video market) should not be financially rewarded for having partially contributing to the problem in the first place with their Satanic taser and obviously defective training (hey!, judging by results).

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