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, August 12, 2009

Hatcher said, "...she ran into traffic..."

More on the 14-year-old girl tasered into the skull [LINK].

This is an example of how perfectly safe (sic) tasers can be. "...a Taser dart penetrated the girl's skull causing a wound that took 18 staples and six stitches to close." [LINK]

Police dash cam video [VIDEO] (<- follow link for video)

Screen capture...

Notice how the video prevented (?) this outrageous example of taser abuse from occurring. Oh, no, I guess it didn't...

Hatcher said. "She was running from police across traffic without looking." [LINK]

Look at the girl running "across traffic without looking". [ibid]

1) What traffic? Do you see any traffic? There's no traffic visible (although perhaps there is some just out of view, but why not let the video roll to show us...?). I doubt it. Small town, probably no traffic.

2) The girl had every opportunity to examine the street in both directions. She was already walking one way and could undoubtedly see that the street was empty in that direction. Then she turned and ran the other way with a clear view of the opposite direction. So the story that the girl had, or was about to, run across traffic without looking is revealed to be (probably) completely untrue. Typical ill-conceived spin...

3) And, from the available video, it appears she was already pretty much (at the least) clear across the street before brave and dedicated Chief Roger not-a-rabbit Hatcher took her down, hard. So the dangerous (?) crossing of the street was over when he fired the oh-so-safe (sic) taser.

"...across traffic without looking...", my ass.

This incident is a clear cut case of the overuse of the taser. The piss-poor taser training (a.k.a. propaganda) led to this very very dangerous encounter.

And some taser-morons still parrot the old taser lie that tasers replace guns. They could watch this video a hundred times, and then still parrot the same old lie.

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