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.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Taser isn't 'Reasonable Force' - it's Torture

The Edmonton police force Taser instructor Const. Joe Tassone said he teaches recruits to deploy the device only when it can be justified under Section 25 of the Criminal code, which allows police officers to employ reasonable force.
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Taser used to force (note, that's a verb) someone to let go (passive resistance) clearly does not meet the definition of 'reasonable force'. It also clearly meets the definition of torture (applying severe pain to coerce a certain behaviour). Reasonable force is a fricken noun.

For those that still don't get it, you are assigned a homework problem. If you can use a taser in Touch Torture mode, then why not just use the glowing end of a hot cigarette? What's the difference?

Hint: no difference except cigarette might actually be safer.

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