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 26, 2009

RCMP are also "unlikely"

[UPDATED with more revealing data]

Previous posts about Vancouver PD [LINK] and Greater Sudbury PD [LINK]

Oh lookie-lookie... RCMP taser use down 50% from 2007 to 2008. [LINK]

And No!, this does not mean that The taser Problem has been solved. It simply means that the police have had their fingers burned in late-2007 by the false claims of safety. We're still far from calling this issue 'solved'.


UPDATE - see [LINK]

Kennedy said he did not think the change in practice was due to any change in RCMP policy or training, which he said Commissioner Bill Elliott only initiated in mid-June and is still rolling out across the country. Rather he said it seems more likely officers "on the beat" are showing more "self-restraint" after hearing the public concerns over Taser usage as a result of the fallout from Dziekanski's death. "To me it's fairly logical," said Kennedy, who says he's heard loud and clear the public concerns. "I hope they turn on the TV and listen and hear those concerns as well." [LINK]

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