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.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Taser considered too dangerous, guns used instead

Wow - this story isn't one that Taser International will be promoting; so I will.

The original news report is written in Australian [LINK], so I'll provide a translated version that is hopefully easier to follow and still faithful to the reported events:

Central Queensland, Australia. A 24-hour stand-off. Police had been informed that the subject had a heart condition that would have somehow interacted with the "Safer than Tylenol" ('will never affect the heart, not under any circumstances') taser. So when the man rushed the police waving a machete, they shot him several times with their police-issue pistols. They hit him in the abdomen and upper thigh. The man was taken to Rockhampton Hospital, where he remains under guard. His injuries are not considered life-threatening.


If you're surprised by this story and the outcome, then you've not been paying attention.

The Big Lie is that "Guns always kill, and tasers couldn't possibly."


Update - "Police deny avoiding taser for medical reasons" [LINK]

[This denial] "...conflicts with the statement made by a Queensland Police Union (QPU) spokesman who told the Brisbane Times that police were advised not to use a taser because the man suffered from a serious heart condition."

So who knows?


More - Assistant Commissioner Ann Lewis and the police union are in dispute over why officers used guns, not tasers, to stop another man at Rockhampton this week. ...But a police union spokesman hit back... "Our officers were advised by senior officers that they were not to use tasers because of the medical condition," he said. [LINK]

Seems pretty clear to me. Somebody is trying to cover-up what was really said at the time, and the police union are having none of it.

Don't fight kids.

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