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.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Tasers shunned in Victoria, Australia

Victoria (Australia) Chief Commissioner Simon Overland has announced that there will be no widespread roll out of Taser stun guns across the force. [LINK]

Instead, the police police will be provided with new, powerful .40-calibre semi-automatic pistols, and (basically) training on how to avoid using them!

Following an internal review of 11 recent police shootings, including December's fatal shooting of teenager Tyler Cassidy, dramatic changes will be made to procedures for confrontations. It is the first overhaul of Victoria Police procedures in a decade. Mr Overland says current police practice, such as shouting at a mentally ill armed person, can escalate situations. New police training will reverse current protocols of rushing to secure an early resolution, which police chiefs say risks the safety of officers and the community. Officers will be retrained in how to identify and speak to vulnerable people and those affected by alcohol or drugs.

Excellent!

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