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.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

A topic for psychoanalysis...

Queensland (Australia) Police Union acting-General President Ian Leavers is warning of a police shooting spree and resultant bloodbath if tasers are withdrawn. "A knee-jerk withdrawal of tasers will only see a marked increase in use of police firearms..." [LINK]

Go ahead - call this bluff. There's evidence to suggest that the opposite is true.

Try de-escalation techniques; such techniques are a form of non-violence. Tasers are violence and have many failure modes that leave you headed up the scale when perhaps you should have tried going down.

The Queensland Police Union, which lobbied hard in support of the introduction of Tasers, insists the electric shock devices are safe.

Safe? Perfectly safe? What are you smoking? Follow the news? What's going on here? Defective training? Sheer ignorance?

39-year-old Antonio Galeano died on the floor after being shot three times with a taser.

There's a PhD waiting for the first psychiatry student that can figure out what exactly is going on inside the brains of the police that have become so addicted to the promises made by stun-gun salesmen, even while they're totally blind to what lays sprawled lifeless on the floor at their feet.

It's a subtle form of insanity.

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