Mission Statement - De-Spinning the Pro-Taser Propaganda

Yeah right, 'Excited Delirium' my ass...


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.

Friday, May 8, 2009


Grant William Prentice, 40, the Brooks, Alberta man that was, ah, "tasered and later died" was the son of Brooks town councillor Bill Prentice, who sits on the Brooks Policing Committee. [LINK]

My condolences to the family. I hope they can eventually be provided with the real truth of exactly what caused their loved-one to die.

Police are taking the position that the taser might not have even made contact with the victim. At this point, they're simply saying that they're 'not sure'. (This tidbit of nothingness is perfectly in keeping with the usual policy of leaking any beneficial-to-the-police factoids, while remaining silent on other aspects in order to 'protect the facts'. Pick-and-choose what to leak and what to keep secret. Sound familiar?)

Investigators had better keep in mind the "3rd Mode" where only one taser dart makes contact with the victim and the circuit is completed via the ground (2nd dart on ground). [via LINK]

Speaking for myself - I'm always prepared to allow the possibility that the taser has nothing to do with any particular taser-associated death. Provided that such a claim is actually based on true statements of fact (not lies), is also self-evidently reasonable (logical), and is based on actual positive evidence (as opposed to the lack of evidence, which would be expected given the taser 'Proof Issue').

But if this tragic death in Brooks remains possibly-linked to the taser deployment, then it is not exactly a good PR moment for Taser International.

The seeming randomness of the entire incident might be a lesson to many.

No comments: