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.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

RCMP taser use 2002-2008

Actual taser use (deployment) by the RCMP is down by about HALF!!!! from 2007 to 2008.

- Touch Torture mode (only) from 548 (2007) to 258 (2008): -53%.
- Full-on taser shots (with darts) from 587 (2007) to 305 (2008): -48%.

There are various ways to divide-up the various modes of deployment, I've chosen to lump combo (probe+touch torture) deployments in with probe deployments.

These -50% drops are larger than the "-30%" highlighted by the media headlines.

Note that this halving of the actual deployment rate is coincident with late-2007 - when the sh_t hit the fan. Coincidence?

Note that the rate of use is still roughly a couple of orders of magnitude (~100x) higher than the historical rate of police using their guns. RCMP do not normally shoot to death hundreds of people per year.

This information and graphic are based on information from CPC [LINK].

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